Master of Public Health

If you're a health professional and you're ready to take the next step in your career, James Cook University's (JCU) 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Master of Public Health (MPH) is designed for you. While completing core subjects, you'll have a lot of flexibility in selecting elective subjects so you can tailor your course to fit your career aspirations. This course will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases ensuring safe and healthy environments for tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

As a JCU Masters student, you can choose whether you prefer to complete your Masters by undertaking individual coursework subjects, or if a Masters incorporating a substantial research component suits your career goals better. This is particularly relevant for those of you who are considering undertaking doctoral level research (a Doctor of Public Health or a Doctor of Philosophy) following completion of your Master’s degree.

Campus
Townsville, External
Also available to off-shore students externally
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus
Prerequisites
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent

Career opportunities

A career in Public Health is both challenging and rewarding, and there is high demand for professionals to work in regional, rural and remote locations both within and outside Australia - a special focus of studies at JCU. As an example, you could develop a career in government, healthcare and training sectors. Your role might be in:

  • Community health
  • Health education
  • Tropical public health management.

Your career options can be further enhanced by combining a Master of Public Health with a Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course highlights

This JCU course is designed to meet identified Australian and international public health needs and priorities. To ensure you achieve the best possible learning outcomes, JCU has searched the world for experienced academics who are experts in their fields.

Your choice of majors includes subjects that will enable you to really make a difference in your world:

  • Aeromedical Retrieval
  • Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Promotion.

From 2018, you could also select our newest major, One Health. The One Health approach is becoming increasingly important and valued, due to the recognition that emerging diseases are a result of complex interactions, and interdisciplinary responses needed address them.

The course aims to provide an understanding of interactions between animal, human and ecosystem health, and enable team approaches to surveillance, response and communication.

The One Health major is run through a public (human) health program at a masters level, and is shared across public health, veterinary sciences, and ecological sciences as a true One Health program, capitalising upon the unique and highly regarded expertise at JCU in these fields.

When the coursework is completed at a grade point average of 6 or above, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tropical Health and Medicine, on the recommendation of the Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, may recommend the award of a Master of Public Health with Distinction.

Course overview

JCU Master of Public Health focuses on your intellectual development, and will help you display exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards in your career. You will gain skills that will enable you to lead and contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national and international communities, especially in the tropics.

There will be opportunities to develop your knowledge of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia, and to understand the importance of reconciliation, diversity and sustainability.

Among other achievements, when you graduate you'll be able to:

  • Devise appropriate strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases ensuring safe and healthy environments for tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
  • Critically assess, analyse and communicate public health information relevant to tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Critically reflect upon the socio-ecological nature of health promotion and its application optimising the health and wellbeing of tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management or TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5514:03 Environmental Health or TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table A or select 9 credit points of specified HS, IA and TM level 5 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of specified HS, IA and TM level 5 subjects from List 2

List 1

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5527:03 Project

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5549:03 Dissertation 1

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

HS5101:03 Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5503:03 Human Parasitology

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5559:03 Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5566:03 Essential Care Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5568:03 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods

TM5570:03 Public Health Evaluation

TM5571:03 Public Health Placement

TM5573:03 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

TM5574:03 Clinical Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5575:03 Substance Misuse Prevention

TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5580:03 Health and Nutrition in the Tropics

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

List 2

HS5101:03 Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5310:09 Dissertation 2

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5503:03 Human Parasitology

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5527:03 Project

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5542:03 Clinical Travel Medicine

TM5549:06 Dissertation 1

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5559:03 Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5566:03 Essential Care Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5568:03 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods

TM5570:03 Public Health Evaluation

TM5571:03 Public Health Placement

TM5573:03  Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

TM5574:03 Clinical Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5575:03  Substance Misuse Prevention

TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5580:03 Health and Nutrition in the Tropics

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional, Single

Credit points in major

9 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aeromedical Retrieval

Townsville

 

Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness

Townsville

Must do TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management instead of TM5513:03 Public Health Management

Communicable Disease Control

Townsville

Must do TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control instead of TM5514:03 Environmental Health but can do TM5514 as an elective

Health Promotion

Townsville

Must do TM5528:03 Health Promotion instead of TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Public Health

Course Code

72504

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, from this or another university; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or

Submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health related activities.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.  In assessing applications the following will be considered: prior academic performance and prior relevant work experience.

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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Health, graduates will be able to:

  • Devise appropriate strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases ensuring safe and healthy environments for tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Critically assess, analyse and communicate public health information relevant to tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Critically reflect upon the socio-ecological nature of health promotion and its application in optimising the health and wellbeing of tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Critically reflect upon and engage in professional public health practice based on ethical decision-making and an evidence based approach, including consideration of recent developments in the field

  • Apply advanced human, project and organisational management skills within a public health and policy context to effect efficient and equitable gains in public health

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and ethically execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

Graduates with a MPH Health Promotion major will also be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of public health, with depth in population health assessment and health promotion planning, implementation and evaluation.

Graduates with a MPH Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness major will also be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of public health, with depth in disaster health and humanitarian response

Graduates with an MPH Aeromedical Retrieval major will also be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of public health, with depth in the epidemiology, history, physiological effects, and management of patients undergoing aeromedical retrieval in a range of aircraft and settings including the impact of ethical, cultural, legal and financial issues

Graduate with a MPH Communicable Diseases major will also be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of public health, with depth in principles of communicable disease control.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management or TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5514:03 Environmental Health or TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table A or select 9 credit points of specified HS, IA and TM level 5 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of specified HS, IA and TM level 5 subjects from List 2

List 1

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5527:03 Project

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5549:03 Dissertation 1

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

HS5101:03 Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5503:03 Human Parasitology

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5559:03 Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5566:03 Essential Care Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5568:03 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods

TM5570:03 Public Health Evaluation

TM5571:03 Public Health Placement

TM5573:03 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

TM5574:03 Clinical Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5575:03 Substance Misuse Prevention

TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5580:03 Health and Nutrition in the Tropics

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

List 2

HS5101:03 Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5310:09 Dissertation 2

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5503:03 Human Parasitology

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5527:03 Project

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5542:03 Clinical Travel Medicine

TM5549:06 Dissertation 1

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5559:03 Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5566:03 Essential Care Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5568:03 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods

TM5570:03 Public Health Evaluation

TM5571:03 Public Health Placement

TM5573:03  Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

TM5574:03 Clinical Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5575:03  Substance Misuse Prevention

TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5580:03 Health and Nutrition in the Tropics

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional, Single

Credit points in major

9 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aeromedical Retrieval

Townsville

 

Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness

Townsville

Must do TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management instead of TM5513:03 Public Health Management

Communicable Disease Control

Townsville

Must do TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control instead of TM5514:03 Environmental Health but can do TM5514 as an elective

Health Promotion

Townsville

Must do TM5528:03 Health Promotion instead of TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures. Advanced standing may be granted for AQF Level 8 qualifications in a cognate discipline.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Approved abbreviation

MPH

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Public Health.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special awards

Where the coursework is completed at a grade point average of 6 or above, the DVC Tropical health and Medicine, on the recommendation of the Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, may recommend the award of a Master of Public Health with Distinction.

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.