1. To provide specialist education in public health which comprises a core set of skills and competencies and is supplemented by an option of more specialised areas of interest which may include epidemiological, environmental and health service sciences.
2. To provide specialist education in the six areas of practice outlined in the Foundation Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates in Australia. They are: health monitoring and surveillance, disease prevention and control, health protection, health promotion, health policy planning and management and evidence based professional population health practice.
3. To support the student to develop as a reflective practitioner of public health who is able to engage objectively with public health issues either individually or as a group member.
4. To facilitate a student-centred approach designed to encourage a breadth of knowledge, depth of understanding, application of skills, synthesis of approaches and originality of ideas within the discipline of public health.
5. To challenge traditional concepts of health and encourage the student to think broadly and laterally about the social, economic, cultural and environmental determinants of health and inequalities and inequities in health at a population level.
6. To encourage students to appreciate the complexities of health at a population level and to draw on a broad knowledge and understanding when developing or contributing to health policy or strategy. To emphasise that improvements in health occur through effective partnership with communities, government, industry, education, health professionals and non-government organisations and highlight the importance and value of a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to health improvement.
7. To encourage an understanding of the fundamental importance of ethics in public health practice.