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Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Master of Public Health

Location
Townsville, External
Commencing
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal, External
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent
QTAC Code
Not applicable
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Take the next step in your health career with the Master of Public Health at JCU. Become a leader in improving the health outcomes for people living in the tropics with a focus on the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and regional communities.

Learn about the importance of reconciliation, diversity, and sustainability. Draw on your knowledge of recent developments in tropical health to make responsible, informed and ethical decisions.

Use your acquired management skills to effect meaningful change in public health. Choose from three majors, plus tailor your course with a range of elective subjects to suit your professional aspirations.

View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

Career Opportunities

JCU Master of Public Health graduates are equipped with specialist knowledge and skills and are employed in a wide range of settings within the health sector as well as in broader sectors outside of health.

MPH graduates find employment in local government agencies, state health departments and other state government areas, commonwealth health departments, non-government organisations, research organisations and academic organisations.

Graduates work in a range of roles that include community development, health education, health promotion, environmental health, control and management of communicable diseases, promotion of healthy lifestyles, control of chronic diseases, injury prevention, disaster response, public health management, advocacy, policy, research and academia. Some graduates work clinically but embrace opportunities to embed a public health approach within their work.

You can also complete the Master of Public Health as a joint degree with the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Master of Public Health

Handbook year

2020

Course Code

72504

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Division of 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 2 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.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent 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 adjustmentsReasonable 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

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

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

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

OPTION

Select 21 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

Projects/dissertations

TM5310:09 Dissertation 2

TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing

TM5527:03 Project

TM5549:03 Dissertation 1

Coursework

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

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

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5529:03 Applied Health Economics

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5547:03 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

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

TM5575:03 Substance Misuse Prevention

TM5578:03 Emerging Public Health Threats

TM5580:03 Health and Nutrition in the Tropics

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

TM5582:03 Tropical Toxinology

TM5600:03 Introduction to One Health

TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology

TV5121:03 Infectious Diseases of Livestock

TV5130:03 Veterinary Parasitology

TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology

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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

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure. Credit may be granted for AQF Level 8 qualifications in a cognate discipline.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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

Not applicable

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.

Annual Tuition Fee: $9,625. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

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

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