Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

The Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the only award of its kind in Australia addressing both public health and tropical medicine issues.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus; Off campus

Course highlights

The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences teaches this course. The School provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:

  • The Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which is one of the leading tropical research facilities in the world
  • teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • cutting-edge teaching laboratories and research facilities.

Course overview

The broad range of elective subjects available gives the opportunity for specialised focus on tropical Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or in Australia’s tropical neighbours.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for health professionals with a suitable undergraduate degree or recognised professional qualification in a relevant discipline. It enables you to specialise in public health issues relevant to tropical Australia and its near neighbours.

How you will study

Many subjects are offered as flexible delivery, which includes external mode (distance education), limited attendance mode, and block mode/intensives.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

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 18 credit points of specified HS, IA and TM level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

HS5101:03 Contemporary Issues in Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5310:09 Dissertation 2

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 Public Tropical 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 Clinical 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

Pathway into course

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

Handbook

Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Course code

74204

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 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 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MPH&TM, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the disciplines of public health and tropical medicine, with depth in epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, complications, differential diagnosis, investigation and management of tropical diseases

  • 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

  • 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.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

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 18 credit points of specified HS, IA and TM level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

HS5101:03 Contemporary Issues in Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5310:09 Dissertation 2

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 Public Tropical 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 Clinical 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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

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 AND TROPICAL MEDICINE

Approved abbreviation

MPHTM

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 completed the appropriate number of credit points and suitable subjects may be eligible for the award of either Graduate Certificate of Public Health or Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Course articulation

Not applicable

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.