Master of Public Health

General

Read more about this programme on the institution's website

Programme Description

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.

Course Entry

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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Course Details

Semester availability

  • 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

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 9 Core units and 3 Core Option units.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST5161 Public Health: Philosophy, Principles and Practice 20
HST6510 Public Health Planning and Evaluation 20
HST5120 Epidemiology 20
RES5115 Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches 20
HST6333 Diversity, Culture and Health 20
MAT5212 Biostatistics 20
HST6106 Health Science Research Project 1 20
HST6107 Health Science Research Project 2 20
HST6335 Public Health Strategies 20

Select three units from:

HST6337 ^ Communicable Disease 20
HST6338 ^ Law and Ethical Issues 20
HST6341 ^ Maternal, Child and Youth Health 20
HST6350 ^ Drug Use and Addictive Behaviours 20
HST6355 ^ Ageing, Health and Wellbeing 20
HST6522 ^ Public Health Leadership 20
OHS6134 ^ Principles of Environmental Health 20
OHS6138 ^ Occupational Health Management 20
NUT6110 ^ Food Vision 20
NUT5116 ^ Applied Food Science and Systems 15
or
NUT5114 ^ Public Health Nutrition 15

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.

^ Core Option

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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