Course essentials

VU course code:
2 years
2018: February and July
2018: A$12,500 per semester

Equip yourself to tackle the complex issues in global health today with a Master of Public Health (Global Nutrition and Active Living) at Victoria University.

Globalisation, climate change and demographic transition have led to changes in health needs all over the world. This course has been developed to prepare health professionals to be ready and able to respond to these changes.

Uniquely, this course focuses on both global nutrition and active living in diverse communities, from both an Australian and international perspective.

Choose between the global-nutrition and public-health streams. You'll develop the specialist knowledge and skills to pursue a career in public health in Australia or globally.

You’ll have the capabilities that the global marketplace demands for a challenging and rewarding career in public health, emergencies and development.

World-leading research facilities

The Victoria University Public Health Network (VUPHN) draws together colleges, institutes, departments and staff to strengthen our work in advancing public health.

Studying your Master of Public Health with VU, you’ll benefit from close links several areas, including our Institute of Sports, Exercise and Active Living, with its A$68 million laboratories and research facilities.

World-class research

Our research is rated 'well above world standard' by Excellence in Research Australia in relevant areas including sport science and human movement, and nursing.

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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With significant global changes in public health, there is a need for professionals with the high-level knowledge and skills to respond to these changes.

Graduates of this course will be well equipped for a diverse and rewarding career in areas such as:

  • global health, nutrition, physical activity research and teaching
  • community development work in health, nutrition and food security
  • delivering health, food and nutrition programs in response to emergencies
  • health policy development
  • program planning, development and evaluation
  • specific population focused health interventions (e.g. older adults, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, chronically diseased populations)
  • inclusive physical activity programming
  • physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement.

You may find work opportunities both in Australia and internationally within:

  • national, state and local governments
  • the United Nations and other international health organisations (WHO, UNICEF, ACSM, International Coalition for Aging and Physical Activity)
  • non-profit organisations
  • academic institutions and research institutions.

Job titles & salaries

While many job opportunities will be overseas, some example job titles and average annual salaries in Australia are:

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically apply knowledge of public health theories and specialist concepts in nutrition and active living to address existing and emergent health problems in global contexts, but particularly in low and middle income countries.  
  2. Select, evaluate and justify the use of descriptive and analytic epidemiology to identify and investigate factors associated with various health conditions.  
  3. Design, operationalise and evaluate innovative, sustainable, evidence-based public health interventions to address health, nutrition and lifestyle problems which take into account divergent and complex ethnicities, societies and cultures in humanitarian and development contexts.  
  4. Identify and advocate for inclusive public health policies and implementation strategies which promote equity in health systems.  
  5. Present clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences in order to advance and defend efforts to promote health and prevent disease.  
  6. Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and contributes to the evidence-base in public health and particularly global nutrition and/or active living.  
  7. Critically appraise their learning skills in relation to attainment of career goals and implement effective and creative strategies to promote lifelong learning in their professional practice.  
  8. Exemplify the requisite characteristics for team leadership and membership appropriate to specific purposes, projects and contexts both within the sphere of public health and in inter-sectoral collaborations.  

Course structure

To complete the Master of Public Health (Global Nutrition and Active Living) students will be required to complete 192 credit points.

In the first year of the course students study six core units of 12 credit points each comprising Foundations of Public Health, Public Health Practice, Epidemiology, Biostatics, Culture and Society in Public Health and Global Health Challenge - Non-Communicable Disease. Students then study two selective units of 12 credit points each in their selected stream. In the global nutrition stream these are Nutrition for Global Health and Global Food Systems and Food Security. In the active living stream these are Social Ecology of Active Living and Behavioural Aspects of Active Living.

In the second year students take one core unit of 12 credit points in semester 1 in Research Methods in Public Health. In second semester they choose to do either a Professional Project or Minor Thesis. They then choose five electives over the year relevant to their selected stream.

Elective units may be chosen from within or across the global nutrition and active living streams but students are required to take at least one unit from each stream.

Year 1

Semester 1:

Core Units:

Select one (1) of the following elective units:

Semester 2:

Core Units:

Select one (1) of the following elective units:

Year 2

Semester 1:

Core Unit:

Select TWO (2) of the following elective units:


Select ONE (1) unit (12 credit points) from the following electives:

Semester 2:

Core Unit:


Select TWO (2) of the following elective units:

**NOTE: Not all Elective studies will be available each Semester.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • International: Recognised undergraduate degree in nutrition, health sciences, biosciences, community development or sports and exercise science or related discipline.
    Applicants are expected to have: obtained an IELTS (academic module) result of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent. In addition you also need to provide a Police Check from your usual country of residence prior to commencing practical placements.
  • Mature: Recognised undergraduate degree in nutrition, health sciences, nursing, biosciences, community development or sports and exercise science or related discipline.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

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