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Master of Ecological Public Health - 339JA

Course Code: 339JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Online
UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Public Health
UAC Code: 880471
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements:

Academic IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.5.

Master a unique approach to public health

If you’re looking to broaden your knowledge and skills and develop your research capabilities to improve the health of the population, this course offers a distinctive opportunity to study public health in Australia. The Master of Ecological Public Health course presents a unique chance to develop a broad range of specialised skills that extend beyond the traditional biomedical boundaries. With a choice of ‘Global Health and Sustainability’ and ‘Public Health Leadership’ stream options, you can tailor your degree to meet your interests and career goals, and the completion of a professional research project will allow you to fine-tune your skills in the areas of health promotion and sustainable environments.

The number of potential career paths associated with this degree is extensive, including employment with both Australian and international organisations. Public sector roles include working in health departments, health management, disaster preparedness, land use and urban planning, public nursing or education. There are also private sector routes with healthcare organisations, pharmaceutical brands and insurance companies, and not-for-profit opportunities including employment in community development and health promotion or specialising in the health needs of a specific target group, such as minorities, indigenous groups, veterans or mothers. This course is also an excellent pathway to further postgraduate study in the form of a PhD.

Study a Master of Ecological Public Health at UC and you will:

  • apply the core principles of epidemiology, specifically the measurement of the health status of populations
  • apply an integrated understanding of the key interactions between environmental, ecological and social health determinants to contemporary public health challenges
  • be able to embed ecological principles within the wider application of public health
  • study the approach, concepts and models used by economists in addressing issues in health and healthcare
  • be exposed to the breadth of public health practice and practitioners through the study of various public health workforce sectors.

Work Integrated Learning

In this course, you’ll undertake a specialised research project as part of the Faculty of Health’s commitment to supporting Work Integrated Learning, which will enhance your employability and ensure you are armed with the right mix of skills and knowledge to take a confident leap into your future career. You will be encouraged to undertake real-world research in an area which suits your interests and speciality, covering activities that address issues in basic health sciences, health outcomes, professional practice or delivery of health services. You will gain research experience and will develop skills in project management, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, effective communication, problem solving and critical thinking.

Career opportunities

  • Public health project manager
  • Community health manager
  • Health policy officer
  • Public health policy analyst
  • Health program manager
  • Public health officer
  • Public health educator
  • Research analyst
  • Health and safety manager
  • Disaster management specialist
  • Health consultant
  • Epidemiologist
  • Healthy lifestyle project manager
  • Health communication manager

Course-specific information

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as health or the equivalent, and are expected to have a basic understanding of bio-statistical concepts.?


Current and Commencing Students
Prospective International Students
Email Tel +61 2 6201 5342
Prospective Domestic Students
Email Tel +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor degree.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have basic competency in understanding of bio-statistical concepts.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

Available in multi-mode delivery.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Ecological Public Health M EcolPH

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Diploma in Ecological Public Health Graduate Certificate in Ecological Public Health

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International


The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

This course is available both online to domestic students or off-shore international students or on campus at Bruce with some online components.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Learning outcomes for the Graduate Certificate in Ecological Public Health:

- Students will have a critical understanding of research methods in public health from an ecological perspective; and
- Students will have an understanding of ecological public health and its application to real world problems.
- Students will have entry levels skills to work in public health; and
- Students will be able to review public health issues from an ecological perspective.
Learning outcomes for the Graduate Diploma in Ecological Public Health, in addition to the above:

- Students will have a critical understanding of public health methods and their application;
- Students will have an understanding of public health practice in the global setting; and
- Students will be able to critically analyse public health problems and develop solutions using an ecological perspective.
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- understand issues in their profession; and
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives from the perspective of other cultures.
Learning outcomes for the Master of Ecological Public Health in addition to the above:

Graduates of the Master Degree of Ecologcial Public Health will be able to:

- demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in the practice of ecological public health;
- demonstrate advanced understanding of the complex body of knowledge associated with contemporary and emerging local and global public health concerns;
- demonstrate specialised skills to critically analyse, synthesise, and interpret public health information;
-demonstrate an advanced body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments and skills of research principles and methods applicable to ecological public health;
- demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary approaches to public health concerns with a broad range of partners;
- cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship;
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice;
- the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability; and
- to plan and execute a substantial research based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Graduates of a Master Degree of Ecological Public Health will be able to:

- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
-understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
-communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives; and
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.

Course Duration

An accelerated study plan is recommended over three semesters and winter term full-time or part-time equivalent. Based on a standard full time study plan, standard three semesters full-time or part-time equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters.



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Graduate Diploma in Ecological Public Health; Graduate Certificate in Ecological Public Health.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Online-Online
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Online-Online
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Online-Online
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Online-Online
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Online-Online

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