Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Master of Public Health
What to expect
How to apply
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.
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.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Master of Public Health
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
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
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:
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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
Select 21 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1
TM5310:09 Dissertation 2
TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing
TM5549:03 Dissertation 1
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
18 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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
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.
18 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
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.
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Inclusion of majors on 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.
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)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.