Doctors/Masters Level

Master of Veterinary Public Health

2 years full time/4 years part time(part-time study options available)
100% online/Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International
Semester 1 & 2 entry

The Master of Veterinary Public Health (MVPH) provides practical education and training that will prepare veterinarians, animal scientists and animal health workers so they can contribute effectively in animal disease responses, both in Australia and internationally.

The world needs critical response specialists

A series of recent emergency diseases events, including the emergences of Hendra, Nipah, SARS and highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses, the 2007 outbreak of equine influenza in Australia and foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks around the globe, have required the support of increasing numbers of appropriately trained, veterinarians, scientists and animal health professionals.

Study Online

This program has been tailored to suit experienced full time animal health professionals, providing students with flexibility and allowing them to be directly responsible for managing the time that they devote to their studies. The first two weeks of the program is provided as a residential module based at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus, with the remainder of the course offered as online distance education.

In addition to providing deeper technical understanding of the most important  animal diseases, veterinary epidemiology and emergency management, the curriculum addresses issues of leadership development and risk communication for responding to animal health emergencies, especially those of potential public health consequences.

Specialised, targeted and relevant modules

The course provides co-ordinated and targeted modules to cover the skills that have been identified from experience in recent emergency diseases situations, such as Hendra virus infections and the 2007 outbreak of equine influenza in Australia.

  • Core subjects develop scientific and professional skills across a range of disciplines in veterinary science, management, leadership and risk communication
  • A broad range of approved elective modules provide you with freedom to tailor the course to your specific interests and educational needs

The first subject will be taught as a short residential course to cover hands-on experience and to personally introduce students to each other as well as to their future tutors and mentors to ensure that they are familiar with the resources and requirements of online learning.


  • Career opportunities exist in Australia and internationally, in roles dealing with global, regional and local animal health issues
  • Explore a diverse range of state, national and international veterinary and public health agencies and nongovernmental organisations
  • Immediately join Australia’s emergency animal disease response capacity.






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Indicative total Australian (AF) course fee:

Typical Australian (AF) course fee for 2019:

Normally completed part-time (up to 6 standard subjects completed per year). Estimated fee yr 1 shown is for first year of study, commencing semester 2 (3 std subjects in S2 and 3 standard subjects in S1 the following year).

The typical course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more