Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
What to expect
How to apply
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.
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.
The College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences teaches this course. The College provides several programs unique to Australia, including:
- 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
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.
About JCU's Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Build on your skills and experience as a health professional with one of the best MPH programs in Australia. Earn your Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine degree (similar to a Masters Degree in Public Health) through JCU and gain a specialised understanding of the most pressing health issues in the region and throughout the world.
A World-Class Education
Take advantage of JCU's unique geographical placement and connections with private and government entities. Build a solid foundation of the skills and knowledge required to deliver programs that promote health, prevent disease and protect the health of the population. Study your way in a flexible environment that matches your needs. Equip yourself through online (external) courses or a mix of online and on-campus classes. Choose block intensives to maximize your learning while minimising disruption to your schedule.
Gain crucial experience in public health graduate programs as you work in some of the world's leading research facilities. Build your resume and practical knowledge at cutting-edge laboratories and JCU's Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Connect with leaders in the field to build your network of professional connections.
Learn through courses with small class sizes under lecturers committed to student success. Become a well-rounded professional with well-developed communication skills and the ability to critically analyse information.
Study JCU's MPH Programs and Become a Change-Maker
Take part in research that makes a difference. Prepare yourself to effect meaningful change in community health outcomes in rural, urban, and tropical environments. Understand the challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as well as issues of public health management.
Learn about the unique challenges of tropical living through studies in human parasitology. Become an effective researcher skilled in identifying diseases and developing interventions. Improve the quality of life for others and learn how to best implement public health policies to stop the spread of disease.
Be a part of cutting-edge research into emerging health threats. Work to decrease health disparities for marginalised peoples. Build on your passion to make a difference with real-world skills through one of the best public health masters programs in Australia.
A Masters Degree in Public Health That Can Lead to a Successful Career
Prepare for success using applied and experiential learning to become a leader in advancing global public health. Work at home or abroad and choose your own direction in public health, laboratory research, private corporations, or academia.
Work with local governments in disaster preparedness or as a specialist in biosecurity. Advance community health by researching and implementing initiatives or working in child and maternal health in communities at risk.
Use your leadership skills as an environmental health director to oversee staff and policies in clinics or hospitals. Track down patterns of disease to prevent illness and educate others on how to stop its spread. Advocate for marginalised people and help public services understand the distinct health challenges tropical, rural and remote communities face.
Create a Brighter Future With a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Use your skills in research and your knowledge of disease and illness to make the world a better place for everyone. Boost the health of communities. Advocate for the health of those without a public voice. Go beyond just treating disease, identify the issues and work towards preventing illness and improving the quality of life in under-served communities.
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JCU Public Health and Tropical Medicine graduates acquire the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their practice and manage public health priorities in tropical environments.
Graduates have the knowledge and skills to work in disease control and prevention programs that focus on conditions found in tropical areas of Australia and internationally.
You could find employment in State and Commonwealth Government organisations, health care settings, community settings, non-profit and international organisations. This could include working in roles related to disease control and protection of the health of the population living in tropical areas, and promotion of health and wellbeing. Opportunities to engage in further research training via a PhD is also possible.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
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 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the MPH&TM, graduates will be able to:
|Inherent 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 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.|
TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine
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 18 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1
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
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 Public Tropical 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
TM5549:06 Dissertation 1
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
TM5601:03 Qualitative Research Methods for One Health Professionals
TV5010:03 Veterinary Public 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.
A maximum of 6 credit points may be granted for other postgraduate subjects, provided those subjects have not been credited towards any other award, either at this or any other University.
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND TROPICAL MEDICINE
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.
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: $9,803. (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.