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Master of Public Health (244CW) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes


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

  • Discuss the public health conceptual foundations
  • Identify current public health challenges in global, Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian communities
  • 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
  • Comprehend the requirements in engaging respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Explain the principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and International Indigenous people's culture in public health practice.


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

  • Apply theories of leadership and management in public health practice
  • 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
  • Analyse, appraise and synthesise public health research evidence to inform public health decision making
  • 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
  • Use tools and techniques for planning and managing a public health project
  • Communicate public health evidence for advocacy, and enagement using diverse media.

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