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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Public Health

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1CM102
823180
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM602
873180
Online (CSP)
1CM102
823180
Online (FF)
1CM602
873180
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101051
Course duration
Full-time
1.5 year/s
Part-time
3 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
1.5 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
International online
No

International Students: This degree is also part of a two year, two degree package. See Menzies website for more information.

Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SPUBH1

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

The Master of Public Health will equip you with the tools to investigate, critique and respond to real world population health problems in local and global contexts. Unique features of the course include learning from acclaimed Menzies School of Health Research professionals in the specialist areas of Indigenous health, global health, public health practice and health research.

You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in:

  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • quantitative and qualitative research methods

You will learn to analyse and interpret population health information, evaluate and design public health interventions and formulate strategies to address complex health and social issues. You will apply public health approaches to:

  • health promotion
  • disease control
  • health systems
  • health policy
  • decision making
  • the environment
  • the sustainable development goals.

You will also have the opportunity to consolidate your learning by undertaking a research project supervised by an expert in the field.

Graduates have gone on to secure employment in national and international health services and government ministries; as well as in international health, development and humanitarian organisations and universities. They have become public health leaders, program planners, analysts, evaluators, health policy officers and professional practitioners. Our MPH graduates also continue on academic pathways to careers as successful health researchers.

This course requires you to have a high level of academic reading and writing. If you are not confident in your academic literacy skills, you are encouraged to fully utilise the University's academic support services.

Credit transfers and pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

Accreditation

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

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

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

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)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • a recognised bachelor degree or a graduate diploma or masters degree in a related area; or
  • a recognised bachelor degree plus an honours or a graduate diploma or masters degree in a non-related area.

Related areas include: public health, health science, primary health care, medicine, social science or health promotion.

Applicants who have completed Charles Darwin University's Graduate Certificate of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control (UIDPC1) or Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology (UEPID1) are also eligible for entry.

International Pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Course structure

The Master of Public Health is a one and a half year course. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of public health and the choice of specialist electives provide you with opportunities to explore various areas of public health practice, Indigenous health and global health. The research project is an option that enables you to plan and implement a substantial research based project in the public health area, under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Delivered externally online; some units are offered with an internal option.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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

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

PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM552 Epidemiology
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
 

Specialist Electives
(4 - 7 units)
70cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 30-70 credit points selected from one of the two options detailed below:

Option 1 - Professional Practice

Specialist Elective units selected from ANY of the following streams totalling 70 credit points.

Public Health Practice Stream
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy or ENV508 Geographic Information Systems

Indigenous Health Stream
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

Global Health Stream
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context

Option 2 - Research Project

Specialist Elective units selected from ANY of the following streams totalling 30 credit points PLUS a research project totalling 40 credit points.

Specialist Electives (30 credit points)

Public Health Practice Stream
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy or ENV508 Geographic Information Systems
Indigenous Health Stream
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
Global Health Stream
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context

PLUS
Research Project (40 credit points)
Either
2 x PHM820 Research Project (Part Time) (20 credit point repeatable unit)
Or
1 x PHM840 Research Project (Full Time) (40 credit points)

Course Total 120cp  

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.
 

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. 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 for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS below)

Professional Practice Option - Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)   CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy CO
PHM516 Indigenous Health  CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective 4 SE    
Specialist Elective 5 SE    
Specialist Elective 6 SE    
Specialist Elective 7 SE    

Research Project Option - Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
Year 2
PHM840 Research Project (40 credit points) R    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM526 Research Design
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM592 Global Health
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International student visa holders are required to enrol internally in a full-time load each semester and follow the relevant study plan provided below.

Professional Practice Option - Full-time Study Plan for International Students

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)   CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy CO
PHM516 Indigenous Health  CO PHM553 Biostatistics or PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021) SE
PHM592 Global Health or PHM526 Research Design SE Online Specialist Elective* SE
Year 2
PHM592 Global Health or PHM526 Research Design SE    
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context SE    
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy or ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking SE    
Online Specialist Elective* SE    

Research Project Option - Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy  CO
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM553 Biostatistics or PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021) SE
PHM526 Research Design SE Online Specialist Elective* SE
Year 2
PHM840 Research Project (40 credit points) R    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability for International students

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
 
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

 

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. 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: there is no intake for international student visa holders in Semester 2)

Professional Practice Option - Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)   CO
    PHM559 Health Policy  CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
Year 2
PHM567 Public Health CO Specialist Elective 4 SE
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO Specialist Elective 5 SE
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO Specialist Elective 6 SE
Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 7 SE

Research Project Option - Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)   CO
    PHM559 Health Policy  CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
Year 2
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM840 Research Project (40 credit points) R
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO    
PHM516 Indigenous Health  CO    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM526 Research Design
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM592 Global Health
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

 

Course fees

Both Commonwealth supported (CS) and full fee (FF) places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CS place use the SATAC code 1CM102 or the UAC code 823180. If you would like to apply for a FF place you will need to use the SATAC code 1CM602 or the UAC code 873180.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

UAC

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Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

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