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Master of Public Health

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


AUT South Campus


Gain the skills to contribute to public health management and policy, disease control and health promotion across a wide range of populations with the AUT Master of Public Health.

Build your understanding of key elements of public health, with an emphasis on community health and development. You examine community and population perspectives on health and disease, and health systems responses. You learn to interpret the patterns of health and disease in populations, and become familiar with behaviours that contribute to health and disease in the community.

The Master of Public Health emphasises the role of social, economic, cultural, educational, environmental and other societal factors in the production and maintenance of individual and community wellbeing.

You develop an understanding of community health priorities, developing and implementing community health interventions and critically evaluating their effects across a range of community health settings.

The programme is committed to principles of equity, social justice, empowerment and community participation and ownership.

Complete the following papers

  • PUBH801 Principles of Public Health (15 points)
  • PUBH804 Public Health Policy and Systems (15 points)
  • PUBH805 Social Epidemiology and Biostatistics (30 points)

And choose 60 points from

  • HEAL808 Quantitative Research II (15 points)
  • HEAL810 Qualitative Research II (15 points)
  • HEAL811 Integrative Research (15 points)
  • HEAL816 Special Topic (15 points)
  • HEAL825 Applied Health Care Ethics (15 points)
  • HEAL840 Critical Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice (15 points)
  • HLAW801 Health Law (15 points)
  • HPRM801 Nutrition and Health Promotion (30 points)
  • MAOH801 Te Rangahau Hauora Maori – Maori Health Research Practice (15 points)
  • MAOH802 Taunga a Mahi Hauora Maori – Maori Healthcare Practice (30 points)
  • MAOH803 Effective Supervision in Maori Health (15 points)
  • PUBH802 Public Health Programme Management
  • PUBH803 International and Migrant Health
  • SPEX802 Physical Activity and Health Promotion (30 points)

Or alternative optional papers approved by the Associate Dean Postgraduate.

And complete a thesis or dissertation

HEAL999 Thesis (120 points)


HEAL998 Thesis (90 points) plus approved optional papers totalling 30 points


HEAL901 Dissertation (60 points) plus approved optional papers totalling 60 points

Entry criteria

Completed one of the following with a B average or higher:

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant graduate diploma


  • At least one year of relevant professional experience

Other requirements

May be admitted on the basis of a relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

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