Are you the type who breaks from convention? Interested in working in remote and expedition environments? Do you have a background in medical practice?

The University of Tasmania offers a Master of Public Health (Remote and Polar Medicine) stream that is designed for doctors, nurses and paramedics who’d like to combine these unique passions in a range of adventurous and rewarding career options in remote and expedition settings.

Whether you work as part of an emergency health response team in remote regions around the globe, aspire to work as a medical officer in the Antarctic or are working on public health initiatives for indigenous communities in remote areas, this accredited Master of Public Health course will give you the knowledge and skills to handle the extreme situations and health scenarios peculiar to this highly specialised field that your regular training won’t have prepared you for.

This unique program was developed in collaboration with the Australian Antarctic Division, and is taught by clinicians with extensive experience working in various remote and extreme environments around the world.

The specialised units are mostly clinical in nature and combine with the core Master of Public Health units to form an academically rigorous, yet practical degree. Students will be guided through a workplace-based research project as part of their degree, with the aim of achieving one or more publications.

To give you the flexibility to study while working in whatever region of the world you find yourself, the course is delivered primarily online. However, there are optional modules that involve face-to-face practical skills teaching to give you hands-on practical skills. These include the highly popular Expedition Medicine module taught in Tasmania, which incorporates an outdoor wilderness component with scenarios such as emergency response, and search and rescue designed to test you physically, mentally and sometimes emotionally.

If you’d like take your career to truly exciting places, visit our website or contact our public health team at We’d be happy to discuss how we can help you get there.