Study public health and administration in Australia

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is publicly-funded university ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and the number 1 Catholic university in the Asia Pacific. We are also ranked as one of the top 100 young universities in the world. In the area of Public Health and Health Services ACU has been ranked equal first place by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018. When studying public health and administration at ACU, you can be assured of a quality experience and a qualification that has global prominence.

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Study at ACU Public Health and Administration

About public health and administration

Learn the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting wellbeing. As a public health graduate, you’ll have the skills to develop, plan and manage solutions that improve population health. You’ll also have the opportunity to investigate improving social and political systems, including environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures. In health administration you’ll study the mechanics of service delivery, governance, resourcing and learn to deliver operational excellence.

Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care

This course will prepare you to become an ethical, effective health leader or manager who supports innovation. You’ll learn to take the lead in strategic development for a range of organisations, leading to culturally safe, resource-efficient health care within local, national and global health contexts.

Master of Health Administration

Develop the skills and knowledge required to take on a leadership role in a diverse range of health care settings. You will learn to evaluate the issues and challenges that confront the industry, health care professionals and the consumers of their services. You will also learn to conceptualise new and creative approaches to health administration to support service delivery in culturally diverse health care contexts; and ensure appropriate governance and resource management within the health care setting.

Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Our Graduate Certificate in Public Health will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve population health and wellbeing. The course is a one-year program and prepares graduates to practice at a local, national or global level, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.

Master of Public Health

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) program equips graduates with specialised knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve and advance population health and wellbeing. The MPH prepares graduates to practice with a community, national or global focus, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.

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Academic and employment excellence

Number 1 Catholic university in the Asia Pacific
Top 2 % of universities worldwide
Stars 5 We’ve been awarded five stars for full-time employment Top 100 Young University worldwide
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Adaptability and agility

Study with us to build the skills required to become a health care leader in a diverse range of professional settings and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of this rapidly evolving sector.

Leading the way

You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to take the lead in strategic development and quality improvement within local, national and global health care contexts.


“I studied my bachelor degree at ACU and decided to come back to study leadership because I had such a great experience here. ACU offers lots of clinical placements, so I had the chance to work at the Prince Charles Hospital, Royal Brisbane Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital, which are some of the biggest hospitals in Australia. I gained lots of experience with registered nurses and health care leaders and I was placed in many units, like the operations theatre and ICU, which was great.”
Yiwen Huang from China
Master of Health Administration

Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • international healthcare
  • nurse unit management
  • health services management
  • health policy development
  • public health management
  • social welfare management
  • healthcare executive leadership
  • humanitarian organisation leadership
  • private healthcare facility management

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