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Master of Public Health

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
1CM009
1CM509
External Studies
1CM009
1CM509
Course Duration
Full-time
1.5 year/s
Part-time
3 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
CDU Reference
CRICOS codes
090536M
CDU Course Code

MCPHTH

Award
Master of Public Health
Faculty/College
Menzies School of Health Research
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

As a public health specialist, you will have the knowledge and tools to investigate, critique, manage and respond to health and social issues in Indigenous, local and global contexts.

This course builds up skills in interpreting health information, including epidemiology, statistical analysis, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Learning alongside public health leaders, you will design and evaluate public health interventions, and apply your knowledge to health promotion, the health system, and healthcare policy and decision making.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor degree or graduate diploma in a relevant area, such as public health, health science, primary health care, medicine or health promotion.

Applicants who have successfully completed a bachelor degree in a non-related area who have also successfully completed an honours degree or graduate diploma are also eligible to apply.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted through SATAC.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in non-government organisations (NGO) and government sectors in areas such as health research, professional health practice, health policy and planning, epidemiology, communicable and chronic disease control, community development and aid work nationally and internationally.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campus notes

    Note:This course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

    Commonwealth Supported (CS) and Full Fee (FF) places are available for this course. Separate SATAC course codes are allocated for each fee option.

    AFB: This is an ABSTUDY approved course that may attract Away From Base (AFB) funding and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
    For further information and/or eligibility please visit cdu.edu/afb.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

Domestic students have two pathways for completion:

(1) Professional Practice Option

5 core units plus 7 specialist electives, including at least 2 from the Public Health Practice stream. All other specialist electives may be selected from ANY of the three streams: public health practice, Indigenous health and global health.

OR

(2) Research Project Option

5 core units plus 3 specialist electives and a 40 credit point research project. Enrolment in the research project requires the approval of a research topic with the post-graduate research coordinator and signing of a supervisor agreement before commencement.

Specialist electives may be selected from ANY of the three streams: public health practice, Indigenous health and global health.

Student visa holders are required to complete via the Research Project Option (2).

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Compulsory Core
(5 units)
50cp Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below:

PHM516 Indigenous Health (new title from 2018) 
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title from 2018)
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
 

Specialist Electives
(7 units)

 

 

70cp

Professional Practice Option:

Complete Specialist elective units from the following streams totalling 70 credit points, including at least 2 units from the Public Health Practice stream.

Public Health Practice
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title from 2018)
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making (enrol in final semester or after completing 80cp)

Indigenous Health
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)

Global Health
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child Health
 

Specialist Electives
(4 or 5 units)

 

70cp Research Project Option:

Complete Specialist elective units from the following coursework streams totalling 30 credit points.

Public Health Practice
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title from 2018)
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making (enrol after completing 40cp)

Indigenous Health
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)

Global Health
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child Health

PLUS a research project totalling 40 credit points.

Research Project
PHM820 Research Project (Part Time) (repeatable unit) (2 x 20cp) (recoded from PHM599P 2016)
or
PHM840 Research Project (Full Time) (40cp) (recoded from PHM599F 2016)

  120 Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

COURSE CHANGES - 2018

Unit title change:

Unit Code Previous Unit Title Unit Title 2018
PHM516 Indigenous Health and Social Change Indigenous Health
PHM552 Introduction to Epidemiology Epidemiology
PHM553 Introduction to Biostatistics Biostatistics

 


COURSE CHANGES - 2016

 

Unit code and title changes:

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
PHM599P PHM820 Research Project (Part Time)
PHM599F PHM840 Research Project (Full Time)

Unit Code Unit Title (previous) Unit Title (2016)
PHM567

Foundations of Public Health

Public Health

 

COURSE CHANGES - 2013
The following two units have been added to this course as additional Specialist Electives

PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Part time students should refer to the Study Plan for part time students. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS (Note: student visa holders must follow the International student study plan provided as PATHWAY for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS below)

PATHWAY 1 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OPTION - COURSEWORK

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

FULL TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods  CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy CO
PHM567 Public Health CO Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE
Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    
Specialist Elective 4 SE    
Specialist Elective 5 SE    

PATHWAY 1 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OPTION - COURSEWORK

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 
PART TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE
Year 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE


PATHWAY 2 - RESEARCH PROJECT OPTION

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

FULL TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
PHM567 Public Health  CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PHM840 Research Project (40 credit points) R    

PATHWAY 2 - RESEARCH PROJECT OPTION

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 
PART TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
PHM820 Research Project (20 credit points) R PHM820 Research Project (20 credit points) R

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM526 Research Design
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM592 Global Health
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child Health

PATHWAY for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

FULL-TIME INTERNAL STUDY PLAN

International students are required to enrol internally in a full-time load each semester and follow the study plan provided below.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods  CO
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
PHM567 Public Health  CO

PHM553 Biostatistics

SE

PHM592 Global Health

SE

*Specialist Elective (selected from the Specialist Elective units listed below)

SE
Year 2
PHM840 Research Project (40 credit points) SE    

 *Specialist Elective to be selected from the following:

Semester 1 Semester 2
  PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child Health

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Part time students should refer to the Study Plan for part time students. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS (Note: there is no Semester 2 intake for International students)

PATHWAY 1 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OPTION - COURSEWORK

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

FULL TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods  CO
    PHM559 Health Policy  CO
    Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE
    Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO Specialist Elective SE
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO Specialist Elective SE
PHM567 Public Health  CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE Specialist Elective SE


PATHWAY 1 -
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OPTION - COURSEWORK

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

PART TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
    Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE
Year 2
PHM567 Public Health  CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO Specialist Elective SE
Specialist Elective selected from Public Health Practice Stream SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 4
Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE    

PATHWAY 2 - RESEARCH PROJECT OPTION 

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

FULL TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods  CO
    PHM559 Health Policy  CO
    Specialist Elective SE
    Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM840 Research Project (40 credit points) R
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO    
PHM567 Public Health CO    
Specialist Elective SE    

PATHWAY 2 - RESEARCH PROJECT OPTION 

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

PART TIME STUDY PLAN

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods  CO
    Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PHM567 Public Health  CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM820 Research Project (20 credit points) R
Specialist Elective SE    
Year 4
PHM820 Research Project (20 credit points) R    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM526 Research Design
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM592 Global Health
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child Health

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