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Sexual Health

Informal specialisationYear: 2019

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Overview

The Sexual Health stream in the MPH focuses on the important recognition and understanding of how sexual health impacts on the public health of communities. In developed countries recent changes in the epidemiology of many STIs and changing sexual behaviour patterns have focused attention deservedly on improving access to services and the protection and empowerment of those most vulnerable in society. In addition many other social, cultural and economic influences are acknowledged as important considerations in the study and practice of sexual health. This sexual health specialisation enables students to familiarise themselves with the important public health implications of sexual health and to develop an advanced knowledge of the literature in a related area of interest. Students may have a clinical or non-clinical interest and professional background. Whilst sexual health priorities may differ between resource poor and resource rich settings, the core public health concepts and implications are similar and so the sexual health stream is of interest and relevance to both local and international students. Students with a specialised sexual health qualification in public health will find this relevant to work in a wide variety of areas including clinical sexual health services, policy and government related areas and international health.

Intended learning outcomes

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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

175 Point Pathway:

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

150 Point Pathway:

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

Subject Options

Core Subjects

Student must complete POPH90217 unless they have been granted 50 points Advanced Standing (150 point program) or an exemption has been granted.

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
POPH90218 Public Health Leadership and Management
March
12.5
POPH90231 Qualitative Research in Public Health
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90274 Prioritising & Planning in Public Health
August
12.5

Highly Recommended Electives

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90070 Clinical Sexual & Reproductive Health
May
12.5
POPH90069 Sexual and Reproductive Health
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90068 Prevention and Control of STIs and HIV
Semester 2
12.5

Other Recommended Electives

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90169 Adolescent Sexuality and Sexual Health
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90199 Gender and Health
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90190 HIV and AIDS:An Evolving Global Response
August
12.5
POPH90066 Women and Global Health
September
12.5

Capstone

There are three Capstone options to choose from - please refer to the Course Entry for detailed information on each of these:

  1. Research Project
  2. Professional Practice Unit
  3. Capstone selective subject (POPH90227 Public health in Practice) and an additional elective.

Pre-requisite Subjects for the Research Project

Please refer to the Subject Entries below for detailed information on the research project pre-requisites for this specialisation.

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

Last updated: 11 November 2018