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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Public Health/Master of Health Research

2022

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1CM114
823300
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM614
873300
Online (CSP)
1CM114
823300
Online (FF)
1CM614
873300
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
103123K
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
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.

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

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.

  • 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)

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 degree 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.

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/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; some units are also 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 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 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
 

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
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
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


  • 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 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 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)   CO
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy CO
PHM567 Public Health CO PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) 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
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
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 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)   CO
    PHM553 Biostatistics CO
    PHM559 Health Policy CO
    PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) 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
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
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.
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

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

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.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

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To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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