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Master of Rural and Remote Medicine

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Medicine and Dentistry

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered health practitioners with AHPRA; and

  • be experienced rural health practitioners; or
  • have completed, or be enrolled in, a training program in rural medicine or general practice as certified by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; or
  • be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the course coordinator and College Dean; or
  • be a practising international rural health practitioner and have the enrolment approved by the course coordinator and College Dean

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirementsInformation published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Master of Rural and Remote Medicine will enable doctors working in rural and remote Australia to complete a postgraduate qualification to enhance their clinical, academic and research skills at an advanced level. They will develop advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes to appraise and evaluate rural and remote clinical practice, academic work and research in community based settings.

Graduates will be committed to responsible, ethical and professional practice in leadership roles in rural and remote medicine. They will continue to develop life-long learning and to apply evidence in their professional work.

Graduates of the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and integrated knowledge by considering current evidence for evaluating cultural, social, community, population and health factors influencing the practice of rural and remote medicine

  • Develop advanced skills in a clinical area of relevance to rural and remote medicine

  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise the complexities of health and health care delivery in rural and remote communities and exercise autonomy and expert judgement to respond with appropriate human resource management, teaching and other skills

  • Critically evaluate policies and professional and legal statutory requirements applicable to rural medical practitioners

  • Interpret ethical medical practice respecting patient’s confidentiality and privacy at both an individual patient level and community level

  • Evaluate, reflect on and apply new and existing evidence in the chosen specialty area of relevance to rural and remote medicine

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development through reflective practice and self‚Äźdirected learning

  • Design, implement, communicate and reflect upon a research project in an area of relevance to rural and remote medical practice.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


MD8001:03 Foundations of Rural or Remote Medicine

MD8002:03 Rural and Remote Medicine Reflections on Practice

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS7405:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals

MD8023:03 Communication and Collaboration in Rural and Remote Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

HS7500:06 Research Project 1

HS7501:06 Research Project 2


Select 6 credit points of subjects from Option A, B, C, D or E


TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries


TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine


TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals


TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5580:03 Health and Nutrition in the Tropics


HS5800:03 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine

HS5801:03 Health Coaching and Behaviour Change

HS5802:03 Models of Care and Innovation in Lifestyle Medicine

HS5803:03 Lifestyle Medicine Assessment and Prescription







Expected time to complete

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Course articulation

Not applicable