Public Health

Major/Minor/Specialisation !441-MS-MAJ+1009 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Professor Dallas English (Population Health)


Office for Environmental Programs
Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (building 163)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Public Health is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

The environments in which we live immediately impact on our health. The Public Health major is designed to ensure the creation and maintenance of environments that promote good public health. By collaborating with other disciplines and sectors, we work to identify and manage environmental health problems.

Study in this field will provide you with the tools used in environmental health practice, and by public health practitioners. These include surveillance, monitoring, observation, analysis, and selected techniques in biostatistics, epidemiology and health economics.

Other skills we develop are more specific to environmental health or environmental studies, such as environmental, social and health impact assessment and qualitative and quantitative risk analysis.

This major is a specialist companion program to the Master of Public Health which is offered at the University of Melbourne and at many other institutions. Students benefit from Melbourne's strong health sciences programs.

By studying in this area, you might expect to find employment in the health industry; government agencies, within the environmental and health sectors; consulting companies, and development agencies.


Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:
• An advanced understanding of environmental issues
• Advanced skills and techniques applicable to changing and managing the environment
• An ability to evaluate and synthesise research and professional literature in the chosen stream or focus of study
• An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of environmental assessment

The graduate attributes for the Master of Environment are:
• Expertise in multidisciplinary understanding, analysis and research with an environmental focus
• Collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving
• Capacity to engage in critical social and sustainability questions

The Master of Environment generic skills are:
• Multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary knowledge and research of environmental relevance
• Collaborative environmental management skills
• Capacity for independent learning across discipline boundaries

Structure & Available Subjects:

Students will be required to complete four core subjects and undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Public Health major coordinator.

For a current list of subjects offered in the Public Health major, please refer to the course information page at:

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students are required to complete the subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Elective Subjects

plus undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The recommended list of electives includes:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Not offered in 2012
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Links to further information:

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Related Course(s): Master of Environment
Master of Environment

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