Doctor of Public Health [Research]

Courses and Study Australian courses Doctor of Public Health [Research]

The Doctor of Public Health is a research professional doctorate for graduates with professional experience in a range of public health areas.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
January, July
Duration
4 years full time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus

Course overview

The research component comprises two-thirds of the program and takes the form of a supervised research and/or development project, culminating in the submission of a thesis that makes a significant contribution to public health.

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor.

To look for an appropriate supervisor, use the Find a Supervisor service from the Graduate Research School.

How to apply

Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students website for more information, and then:

Apply now through the Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

RESEARCH

CORE SUBJECTS

PD7006:00 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Health)

RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates

COURSEWORK

CORE SUBJECTS

TM6015:06 Doctoral Conference Presentations

OPTIONS

Select 15 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

Pathway into course

Contact the Graduate Research School for details about pathways into this course

Previous professional experience is required to enter this course.

Handbook

Doctor of Public Health [Research]

Course code

111402

Course type

Doctorate by Research (AQF level 10)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

JCU scholarship applicants require Band 3a

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)

4 EFTSL

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:

Knowledge

  • A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution

  • Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.

Skills

  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice

  • Cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge

  • Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning

  • Communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions

  • Communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community

  • Expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With intellectual independence

  • With initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning

  • With full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs

  • To plan and execute original research

  • With the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge, including in the context of professional practice.

Course Structure

RESEARCH

CORE SUBJECTS

PD7006:00 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Health)

RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates

COURSEWORK

CORE SUBJECTS

TM6015:06 Doctoral Conference Presentations

OPTIONS

Select 15 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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8.5 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months

Progression

Supervising body

Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)

Confirmation of candidature

See HDR Degree Requirements

Supervision

See HDR Degree Requirements

Progression

See HDR Degree Requirements

Subsumption of coursework subjects

Subsumption permitted

Maximum credit points of coursework subjects

15 credit points of non-core coursework subjects

Allowed coursework subjects

As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a research 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 student for relevant research work undertaken at another university.

Maximum allowed

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

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Award title

DOCTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Approved abbreviation

DrPH

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 HDR Degree Requirements, the RESC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the student be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.