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Master of Public Health (244CW)

Masters (Coursework)Year: 2018 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleMaster of Public Health
Year & campus2018 — Parkville
CRICOS code020358D
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points200 credit points
Duration24 months full time or 48 months part time

The Master of Public Health offers students the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge required for a career in public health practice. Within the course students are exposed to the core foundations of public health theory and practice and also have the opportunity to specialise in the advanced public health training streams offered through the University of Melbourne. The Master of Public Health programs at the University of Melbourne is delivered by academic staff with extensive experience and depth of knowledge, who are leaders in their chosen fields of public health.

The Master of Public Health has three components:

  1. The core component includes up to six subjects that provide students with a rigorous, multidisciplinary foundation in public health theory and practice, that is essential to all aspects of public health practice;
  2. The specialist component offers students the opportunity to focus on one or more key fields in public health and gain the skills and knowledge required for practice in the area. Specialisations are offered in the fields of Ageing, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Gender and Women’s Health, Global Health, Health Program Evaluation, Health Economics and Economic Evaluation, Health Social Sciences, Indigenous Health, Primary Care, Sexual Health; and
  3. The capstone experience offers students the opportunity to consolidate their specialist training and apply the knowledge gained in the course to real world scenarios. Students may apply to undertake a Research Project with an expert in their field; a Professional Practice placement with a recognised agency, institution or community organisation concerned with health; or capstone selective subjects.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent; or
  • at least 200 points of tertiary study in any discipline and at least five years of documented relevant health-related work experience.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and when relevant
  • the health-related work experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

(a) Successful applicants with (i) an appropriate health professional degree, or (ii) an undergraduate degree and a minimum of two years of documented health related work experience may be granted 25 points of advanced standing.
(b) Successful applicants with (i) an undergraduate degree and a minimum of two years of documented public health related work experience, or (ii) an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, or (iii) a Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be granted 50 points of advanced standing.
(c) Successful applicants with a Post Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be granted 100 points advanced standing.
(d) Students enrolled in the University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine (MD) may be permitted to enrol in the Master of Public Health after the completion of the third year of the MD and may receive 25 points of advanced standing. This pathway is not available to students who have already completed the MD.
(e) Quotas may be applied to both CSP and fee-based enrolments.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge:

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

  • Identify current public health challenges in global, Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian communities
  • Discuss the public health conceptual foundations
  • Describe the ways in which biology, the environment, indigenous status, society and culture interact and determine health
  • Outline the organisational structures of the Australian and international public health systems
  • Identify the key population based public health strategies

Skills:

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

  • Apply theories of leadership and management in public health practice
  • Assess the health needs of a community in the context of the determinants of health and apply the findings to the development of public health strategies
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a public health program
  • Critically reflect on the influences on decision making in public health practice, including personal attitudes and beliefs
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively within an inter-disciplinary team
  • Apply principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and International Indigenous cultures and values to public health practice.
  • Use tools and techniques for planning and managing a public health project
  • Communicate public health evidence for advocacy, and enagement using diverse media.
  • Understand the importance of culture and engage respectfully with people of different cultures
  • Analyse, appraise and synthesise public health research evidence to inform public health decision making

Application of knowledge and skills

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of a public health specialisation or area to develop solutions to complex public health problems;
  • Design and manage a detailed investigation of a public health issue in a substantial project, with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;
  • Reflect on individual performance or processes undertaken in the management of a substantial public health project.

Generic skills

Academic distinction

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of public health conceptual foundations and practice
  • Be able to apply specialist public health knowledge and skills in a public health discipline
  • Be able to examine issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives within public health
  • Be able to think critically and creatively
  • Be able to apply knowledge, information and research skills to solve complex problems
  • Be effective written and oral communicators

Active citizenship

  • Be engaged with contemporary local, national, global issues
  • Have a high regard for human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment
  • Be aware of social and cultural diversity in communities
  • Be able to work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • Be respectful of Indigenous knowledge, culture and values
  • Have the potential to be leaders in their profession
  • Be equipped to make substantial contributions to society

Integrity and self-awareness

  • Be motivated and organised, with an ability to set goals, manage time and prioritise
  • Be able to work effectively both independently and in groups
  • Be flexible and adaptable
  • Be aware of their own limitations and able to reflect and learn from their mistakes
  • Have empathy and concern for others and are able manage their own well-being.
  • The ability to respond constructively to appraisal, performance review or assessment
  • The ability to manage uncertainty

Course structure

Standard 200 Point Program (no Advanced Standing):

SIX core subjects and NINE elective subjects and the Capstone Selective POPH90227 Public Health in Practice OR
SIX core subjects, EIGHT elective subjects and either a Research Project or Professional Practice unit

Students granted 25 Credit Points Advanced Standing:

SIX core subjects and SEVEN elective subjects and the Capstone Selective POPH90227 Public Health in Practice OR
SIX core subjects, SIX elective subjects and either a Research Project or Professional Practice unit

Students granted 50 Credit Points Advanced Standing:

FIVE core subjects and SIX elective subjects and the Capstone Selective POPH90227 Public Health in Practice OR
FIVE core subjects and FIVE elective subjects and either a Research Project or Professional Practice unit

Subject options

CORE SUBJECTS

Students granted 50 Points Advanced Standing (150 point program) are exempt from Foundations of Public Health. All other students must complete Foundations of Public Health unless an exemption examination is successfully completed. Students granted exemption must complete one extra elective subject in lieu of Foundations of Public Health. To apply to sit for an exemption examination please contact the Subject Coordinator for Foundations of Public Health.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90217 Foundations of Public Health
February
12.5
POPH90013 Biostatistics
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90014 Epidemiology 1
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90231 Qualitative Research in Public Health
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90218 Public Health Leadership and Management
March
12.5
POPH90274 Prioritising & Planning in Public Health
September
12.5

International Students from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds are encouraged to enrol in this subject offered jointly by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Centre for Communication Skills and English Language Studies:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

ELECTIVES

The MPH is flexible and does not have fixed streams. Students may tailor elective subject choices to suit their interests, provided they meet course requirements. All elective subjects offered in the MPH are listed below:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90137 Primary Health Care, Jamkhed, India
November
12.5
POPH90256 Ageing in Society
Term 1
12.5
VETS90086 Epidemiology of Epidemics
February
12.5
POPH90189 Health Program Design & Implementation
February
12.5
POPH90200 Principles of Social Research Design
February
12.5
POPH90243 Epidemiology 3
March
12.5
POPH90206 Health Policy
March
12.5
POPH90020 Health Promotion
March
12.5
POPH90169 Adolescent Sexuality and Sexual Health
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90270 Bioethics and Public Health
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90201 Community-Based Participatory Research
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90095 Economic Evaluation 2
March
12.5
POPH90199 Gender and Health
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90094 Health Economics 1
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90112 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90227 Public Health in Practice
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90290 First 1000 Days in Indigenous Contexts
April
August
12.5
POPH90070 Clinical Sexual & Reproductive Health
May
12.5
POPH90244 Global Health and Human Rights
May
12.5
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90258 Economics of Ageing
Term 4
12.5
POPH90246 Law Enforcement and Public Health
Winter Term
12.5
POPH90247 Non Communicable Disease & Global Health
June
12.5
POPH90257 Body of Ageing
Term 3
12.5
POPH90259 End of Life Issues
Term 3
12.5
POPH90266 Leadership for an Ageing Workforce
Term 3
12.5
PAED90005 Child Public Health
July
12.5
POPH90230 Environmental Challenges & Global Health
July
12.5
POPH90087 International Adolescent Health Not available in 2018 12.5
POPH90144 Linear & Logistic Regression
July
12.5
POPH90069 Sexual and Reproductive Health
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90238
POPH90093 Economic Evaluation 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90111 Genetic Epidemiology
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90229 Health Economics 2
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90245 Health Illness and Society
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90205 Health Inequalities
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90090 Health Program Evaluation 2
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90271 Infectious Diseases Modelling
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90293 Nutrition Politics and Policy
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90275 Population & Global Mental Health
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90068 Prevention and Control of STIs and HIV
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90248 Womb to Tomb: Life Course Public Health Not available in 2018 12.5
POPH90291 Indigenous Health in a Global Context
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90209 Comparative Health Systems
July
12.5
POPH90088 Disability and International Development
September
12.5
POPH90191 Practice of Public Health Leadership
September
12.5
POPH90145 Survival Analysis & Regression for Rates
September
12.5
POPH90066 Women and Global Health
September
12.5
POPH90086 International Child Health
October
12.5
POPH90260 Ethics of Ageing
Term 2
12.5
PSYT90092 Mental Health and Ageing
Term 4
12.5
PSYT90095 Advanced Mental Health and Ageing Not available in 2018 12.5
POPH90269
POPH90234
POPH90264 Global Population Ageing
Term 2
12.5
POPH90273 Shifting Paradigms in Ageing
Term 1
12.5
POPH90267 Ageing Health & Human Services
Term 1
12.5
ABPL90377 Design for Ageing
Term 2
12.5
POPH90263 Technology and Ageing
Term 4
12.5
POPH90058 Health Program Evaluation 1
Semester 1
12.5
ISYS90069 eHealth & Biomedical Informatics Systems
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90242 Epidemiology 2
August
12.5
POPH90190 HIV and AIDS:An Evolving Global Response
August
12.5
POPH90131 Primary Health Care and Global Health
August
12.5
POPH90071
POPH90232

CAPSTONE

There are 3 capstone options to choose from. The capstone experience should be undertaken in the final year or final semester of your Master of Public Health.

OPTION ONE

Students may apply to undertake either a 25 point supervised Research Project in their chosen field of specialisation. Students have the option of applying to enrol in a year-long research project (POPH90284 AND POPH90285) or a semester-long research project (POPH90255). Students enrolling in the year long project MUST complete the project in two semesters consecutively and in the correct sequence i.e. Part 1 followed by Part 2.

Students should be aware that they must complete a 25 point research project in order for the MPH to provide an entry pathway to the MPhil or PhD program.

Students entering the Master of Public Health from 2011 must have a weighted average mark of at least 70% across relevant subjects to be eligible to enrol in the research project. Successful research project applicants will be selected on the basis of academic merit.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90284 Research Project in Public Health Part 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90285 Research Project in Public Health Part 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90255 Research Project in Public Health - S
Semester 1
Semester 2
25

OPTION TWO

Students may apply to undertake either a 25 point supervised Professional Practice Unit (PPU). Students have the option of applying to enrol in a year-long PPU (POPH90286 AND POPH90287) or a semester-long PPU (POPH90239). Students enrolling in the year long PPU MUST complete in two semesters consecutively and in the correct sequence i.e. Part 1 followed by Part 2.

Limitations on student numbers apply so please ensure you have a back up plan (that is, a second capstone preference) in case you are not accepted into the Professional Practice Unit.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90286 Professional Practice - Part 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90287 Professional Practice - Part 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90239 Professional Practice - S
Semester 1
Semester 2
25

OPTION THREE

Students who choose this option must enrol in the following capstone selective subject and select an additional elective from those offered in the Master of Public Health:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90227 Public Health in Practice
Semester 1
12.5

EXIT POINT

To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Public Health students must complete one of the following:

  1. Five core 12.5 points Master of Public Health subjects (POPH90217 Foundations of Public Health, POPH90014 Epidemiology, POPH90013 Biostatistics, POPH90231 Qualitative Research in Public Health, POPH90218 Public Health Leadership and Management) and three Master of Public health 12.5 elective subjects of the student's choosing.

    OR

  2. If an exemption is granted for POPH90217 Foundations of Public Health then students must complete four core 12.5 points Master of Public Health subjects (POPH90014 Epidemiology, POPH90013 Biostatistics, POPH90231 Qualitative Research in Public Health, POPH90218 Public Health Leadership and Management) and four Master of Public health 12.5 elective subjects of the student’s choosing.

Majors, minors & specialisations

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALISATIONS

The following are recommended subject combinations for specialisations within the MPH. These are guides and are not prescriptive, however students should check to see if specific research projects have set prerequisite subjects. Students may obtain assistance in putting together their own interdisciplinary course plans from the course coordinator during organised enrolment sessions at the beginning of each year, or by appointment throughout the year.

Name Credit Points
Ageing
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Gender and Women's Health
Global Health
Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
Health Social Sciences
Indigenous Health
Primary Care
Sexual Health

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH - DOCTOR OF MEDICINE SPECIALISATION

The Master of Public Health with a Doctor of Medicine Specialisation is offered to students enrolled in the Docotor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. This program is designed for those students who wish to combine future medical practice with work that protects and improves the health of communities through education, primary prevention, reform and research. This recognizes the need to produce outstanding graduates that have the ability to address growing disparities in health care, health promotion and the global burden of disease. The MD/MPH is fully integrated, allowing students to undertake the MPH between the third and fourth year of the MD program so that they might develop public health interests as an integral part of their medical training.

Mid Year Entry: No

Duration: 1 Year Full Time

Quota: Yes

Name Credit Points
Doctor of Medicine

Last updated: 16 October 2019