This coursework degree caters to students who see themselves working on the frontline in responding to the world's public health problems.
In addition, it is designed for those who aspire to a career in the health and research sectors, including a child and adolescent health, healthy ageing, health protection and clinical health services, with a focus on programme development and management.
The course provides students with an advanced skill set required for international professional best practice and it allows for some customisation of their study.
Academic Admission requirements (Band 8)
The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.
All applicants are required to have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline and must demonstrate their commitment to the field of public health. Evidence may include, but is not limited to: membership of a community or professional group dedicated to public health-related goals, the publication of written work on a public health issue in the media or in a professional publication, volunteer or paid work experience in a community organisation that seeks to advance the interests of a disadvantaged population or equivalent.
Applications based on prior learning alone will not be considered.
Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:
Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience.
English Language requirements (Band 4)
English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:
IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience; or
Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.
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Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online
Semester 1: Study part-time Online
Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online
Semester 2: Study part-time Online
Students are required to complete 9 Core units and 3 Core Option units.
Public Health: Philosophy, Principles and Practice
Public Health Planning and Evaluation
Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches
Diversity, Culture and Health
Health Science Research Project 1
Health Science Research Project 2
Public Health Strategies
Select three units from:
Law and Ethical Issues
Maternal, Child and Youth Health
Drug Use and Addictive Behaviours
Ageing, Health and Wellbeing
Public Health Leadership
Principles of Environmental Health
Occupational Health Management
Applied Food Science and Systems
Public Health Nutrition
Note: Students can only study one from NUT5116 or NUT5114.
Please note: Most electives run every year, however, some only run once every two years. Some elective units may also run exclusively on-campus or online. Please refer to the ECU timetable for delivery schedules.
Students who are unable to complete this degree may, with Course Coordinator approval, exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Public Health.
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Course Learning Outcomes
Apply cognitive, technical and interpretative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex psychosocial and health issues in authentic situations.
Apply communication and collaboration skills to design evidenced-based contributions to public health practice and scholarship.
Demonstrate expert judgement and autonomy when initiating, planning and executing a substantial public health study.
Reflect critically on a complex body of public health knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of public health practice and scholarship.
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop competencies that have been widely endorsed as being appropriate for graduates working within Australia and overseas.