Why Should I Study Here?

Your reason for choosing the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health will be unique to you, and depend upon your personal circumstances and motivation to study.

Read on to learn more about the School and what we have to offer; it may highlight just the reason you’ve been searching for!


Melbourne Life
The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health is situated in The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus – a thriving campus recognised as the hub of Australia's premier knowledge precinct. Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities and it's cosmopolitan energy is one of the many reasons students, both international and Australian, choose to study here.


Student Diversity
Our students come from internationally, culturally and professionally diverse backgrounds and bring individual insight and expertise to the learning experience. You could be sharing a classroom with an overseas NGO worker, health practitioner or educator. Your peers will provide a strong ongoing professional network for your career.


Academic Excellence
Our highly skilled and motivated teaching staff draw on their work as clinicians or Public Health practitioners and their involvement in active research programs to provide a rich learning experience. This, coupled with the School’s rigorous, research-led and workforce relevant Coursework Programs and Research Degrees, ensure our students embark on a robust academic pathway towards a strong public health career. The School's excellence in teaching has not gone unnoted with A/Prof Marilys Guillemin and A/Prof Lynn Gillam winning the 2007 Carrick Award for Team Teaching and A/Prof Catherine Bennett receiving the 2008 Australian Award for University Teaching in the Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies category, both from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.


Research Expertise
The School is internationally recognised for its landmark research activities and collaborations with numerous national and overseas researcher partners.  We use a rigorous scientific approach in both quantitative and qualitative methods. The School has considerable strengths in the traditional health sciences and social sciences, and in the newer molecular and genetic epidemiologic disciplines. We are also very proud of our Australia Fellow, Professor John Hopper and Federation Fellow, Professor David Studdert, both recognised for their exemplary research achievements.


Breadth & Depth of Knowledge and Experience
The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health unites expertise across research methodologies with special focus on specific infectious and chronic health issues and populations groups. This breadth and depth of knowledge and experience is further enhanced through our teaching partnerships with Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Department of General Practice.

For those wishing to further their studies by developing particular research skills, we provide specialisations in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Program Evaluation, Health Economics or Health humanities or qualitative research methods, including health policy and ethics.

Some of our students have particular health interests and their programs have been designed to support this; specialisations include chronic and communicable diseases, sexual health and mental health.

Alternatively you may be planning your career development around a particular health context and we offer coursework and research project/thesis specialisations in Indigenous Health, International Health, Women’s Health, Health Services and Primary Health care.


Course Flexibility
The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health unique offering isn’t just visible through its course and subject names, but more in its ability to offer tailored programs capturing the specialisations and interests unique to each student enrolled.

We also recognise that graduate students at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health are combining study with work and family commitments that can take them away from the University for varying periods of time; our flexible mode of delivery allows your learning to develop at a pace and timeframe that’s right for you.  Read on to discover the Right Course for You.