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Doctor of Public Health

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Course Structure




Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at University Requirements - Research Doctorate Degrees.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 10) Guidelines for Doctoral degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements

Applicants must submit a Doctoral Learning Plan developed with the assistance of potential advisors and approved by the Head of School on the advice of the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences Board of Doctoral Studies.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)


Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Doctoral Degrees Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 10).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

PD7219   Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Public Health - Generic)


PD7220   Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Public Health and Tropical Medicine)


TM6015:06   Doctoral Conference Presentations


Select 18 credit points of specified TM level 6 subjects

TM6013:06   Doctoral Attachment or TM6014:09   Extended Doctoral Attachment

TM6016:06   Doctoral Specialisation 1

TM6017:06   Doctoral Specialisation 2

TM6018:06   Doctoral Project 1

TM6019:06   Doctoral Project 2

TM6020:06   Doctoral Project 3

TM6021:03   Literature Review Supervision







Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Supervising body

Higher Degrees by Research Sub-Committee (HDRSC)

Confirmation of candidature

See University Requirements - Research Doctorate Degrees


See University Requirements - Research Doctorate Degrees


See University Requirements - Research Doctorate Degrees

Subsumption of coursework subjects

Subsumption permitted

Maximum credit points of coursework subjects

27 credit points

Allowed coursework subjects

As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School

Advanced Standing


A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a Masters degree relevant to the proposed Doctoral program, may be given advanced standing for work towards the Masters degree. In exceptional cases advanced standing may be given to a candidate for relevant research work undertaken at another university.

Maximum allowed

The amount of advanced standing to be awarded shall be determined by the HDRSC on the recommendation of the Head of the School.

Other restrictions

The University will not normally accept a candidate who has been enrolled at another institution for more than two years (full-time equivalent) or release a candidate who has been enrolled for more than two years (full-time equivalent).

Award Details

Inclusion of field of research on testamur

The field of research shall not appear on the testamur.

Exit with a lesser award

After examination of the thesis, and subject to the requirements under University Requirements - Research Doctorate Degrees, the HDRSC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the candidate be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.