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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Public Health/Master of Health Research

2021

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (FF)
1CM614
873300
Online (FF)
1CM614
873300
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course Duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

BPHHR1

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

Combining a Master of Public Health with a Master of Health Research will give greater flexibility and opportunity to your career. This double degree is a strong modern qualification that will enable you to tackle contemporary and future population health issues with high level public health and health research skills. It is also an alternative pathway to Higher Degrees by Research.

This double degree will equip students with the tools to investigate, critique and respond to real world population health problems in local and global contexts, as well as advanced knowledge and skills in health research design and evidence-based practice. 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.

Our students study: epidemiology; biostatistics; quantitative and qualitative research methods. They learn to analyse and interpret population health information, evaluate and design public health interventions and formulate evidence-based strategies to address complex health and social issues. Our students apply public health approaches to: health promotion; disease control; health systems; health policy; decision making; the environment and the sustainable development goals. Students also consolidate their learning by undertaking a research project supervised by an expert in the field.

Our public health and health research graduates have gone on to secure employment in national and international health services and ministries; as well as public health organisations and universities. They have become public health leaders, program planners, analysts, evaluators, health policy officers, professional practitioners and health researchers.

This course requires a high level of academic reading and writing. Students who are not confident in their academic literacy skills are encouraged to fully utilise the University's academic support services.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in non-government organisations (NGOs) 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.

Credit transfers & 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

  • 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.

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

The Master of Public Health/Master of Health Research is a two-year double degree. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of public health and health research. The choice of specialist electives provides opportunities for students to explore various specialist areas of public health and health research. The research project enables students to plan and implement a substantial research-based project in the public health or health research areas, under the supervision of an experienced researcher. The capstone units enable students to undertake significant pieces of scholarship such as an advocacy strategy and an economic proposal. Delivered externally online with; some units are offered with an internal option.


  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core
(8 units)
80 Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below:

Public Health
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM552 Epidemiology
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health

Health Research
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
 

Specialist Electives
(4 units)
40

Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points selected from ANY of the following streams. (Students are advised to choose electives that will build content knowledge in the intended area of research)

Public Health Stream
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM592 Global Health
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy or ENV508 Geographic Information Systems
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Health Research Stream
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
 

Research
(1 - 2 units)
40 Research units totalling 40 credit points:

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 160cp  

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


  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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. 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.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO PHM527 Health Research Skills  CO
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy CO
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
Year 2
Specialist Elective SE PHM840 Research Project (40cp) R
Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE    
Specialist Elective SE    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1 Semester 2
Public Health Stream
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
PHM592 Global Health
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy or ENV508 Geographic Information Systems
Public Health Stream
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Health Research Stream
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
 

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.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit R = Research SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PHM527 Health Research Skills  CO
    PHM553 Biostatistics CO
    PHM559 Health Policy CO
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
Year 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO Specialist Elective SE
PHM526 Research Design CO Specialist Elective SE
PHM552 Epidemiology  CO Specialist Elective SE
PHM567 Public Health CO Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
PHM840 Research Project (40cp) R    

 

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Public Health Stream
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
PHM592 Global Health
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy or ENV508 Geographic Information Systems
Public Health Stream
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Health Research Stream
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
 

 

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

Semester 1 2021 SATAC postgraduate applications now open for all states.

 

SATAC

UAC

Semester 1 2021 UAC postgraduate applications opening soon.

 

 

 

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