Take the next step in your career with the Master of Public Health — Master of Business Administration. Become equipped to address pressing public health issues relevant to tropical Australia, Asia-Pacific and the world. Gain an in-depth understanding of the urgent problems facing vulnerable communities and businesses and learn how to develop strategies for addressing both current and future challenges at individual, community and policy levels.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
The public health component of the MPH-MBA has a strong focus on the prevention of disease and improving health and wellbeing in tropical contexts. This component of the degree includes five core subjects: Tropical Public Health; Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy; Epidemiology for Public Health; Biostatistics for Public Health; and Communicable Disease Control.
You can tailor your public health degree to suit your interests by choosing elective subjects that cover a broad range of topics such as infection prevention and control, health promotion, global health, human parasitology and medical entomology, social science in public health, travel medicine, environmental health, and public health in the workplace.
You can also choose to undertake a research project, conducting an in-depth investigation of an issue relevant to the public health sector by completing a high-quality dissertation.
JCU’s Master of Business Administration degree has a strong focus on applying and integrating sustainable economic, social and environmental business performance methods to new or existing business models. You will learn how to evaluate the context of a business or organisation and identify the appropriate performance method/s that will enhance its results or solve a key issue within the business’s framework. You will study a broad body of theoretical and technical knowledge and gain skills in critically analysing complex contemporary business issues and making effective decisions or recommendations.
As part of the Master of Public Health - Master of Business Administration degree there are six core subjects covering a broad range of topics that will equip you to work effectively in any field of business. For your final two subjects you will exploring marketing and wider economy where you can choose between two subjects.
Advance your business career and develop the skills to lead innovative and sustainable change. JCU Master of Public Health — Master of Business Administration graduates are highly valued by employers for their expert knowledge, skills, and experience, particularly in relevance to the Tropics.
MBA in Public Health and Business Administration
The past few years have shown us just how important public health is and how valuable the work done by public health professionals is. If you’re looking for a career that is rewarding, valuable and challenging, public health might be just the field for you. Studying for a master’s degree in public health will provide you with a solid basis for future public health roles. Combining that with a degree in business administration will give you even more breadth and provide you with a range of skills and knowledge that give you an edge over other candidates for public health roles. The Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration at JCU is the ideal degree for those wanting to enter public health, providing graduates with a unique skill set and all the tools necessary for success. If you’re passionate about public health and want to give yourself the best chance of success, study for the MBA in Public Health and Business Administration at JCU.
What You Will Learn
The Master of Public Health and Business Administration is a wide-ranging degree that provides you with key skills in both public health and business.
For the public health part of your degree, you will focus on improving health and wellbeing and the prevention of disease, particularly in tropical contexts. This will be taught through five core subjects: tropical public health, public health management, leadership, planning and policy, epidemiology for public health, biostatistics for public health, and communicable disease control. You can choose subjects in order to tailor your degree to your interests, with optional courses in infection prevention and control, social science in public health, travel medicine, environmental health, public health in the workplace and more.
As for the business administration part of the degree, this is where you will be introduced to the evaluation of the context of a business or organisation and how to apply and integrate sustainable economic, social and environmental performance methods. You will learn how to solve issues in a business’s framework and how to make effective decisions or recommendations. The core subjects will equip you with knowledge that enables you to work in almost any field.
After Graduation in MBA in Public Health in Queensland
Students of the Master of Public Health and Business Administration graduate as highly employable with a range of attractive skills. They are fully equipped to address public health issues and have a thorough understanding of urgent health problems facing vulnerable communities and businesses. They know how to develop strategies for challenges and make confident recommendations. They’re also aware of the economic factors behind many government decisions in the health sector. That’s why the degree is ranked #1 in Queensland for full-time employment and median salary.
Your career prospects could lie in private and public health care in management, marketing, research or economics. Previous graduates have gone on to have successful careers as policy officers, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, community health workers, research associates and more. As a Master of Public Health and Business Administration, your future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master Public Health and the Master of Business Administration.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Business, Law and Governance
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health sciences discipline from this or another university; or
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine and/or the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.
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.
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Academic Requirements for Course Completion
48 credit points
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 MPH component of the MPH-MBA, graduates will be able to:
Upon successful completion of the MBA component of the MPH-MBA, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Postgraduate Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
LB5230:03 Managing Strategic Resources and Operations
LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
LB5233:03 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
LB5234:03 Leading and Managing Organisational Change
LB5235:03 Applied Research Project
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
TM5526:03 Public Health Economics
Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1
HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals
HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings
IA5013:03 Indigenous Australians
IA5022:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects
IA5029:03 Comparative Indigenous Studies
IA5030:03 Navigating the Cultural Interface
PC5519:03 Pharmaceutical Regulation and Quality
PC5520:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health - Pharmacovigilance
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
TM5514:03 Environmental Health
TM5518:03 Medical Entomology
TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners
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
TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed a single LB5 subject in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject.
Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
6 credit points, except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards.
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
Credit will not be granted for work experience or undergraduate studies or subjects other than those specified in Maximum Advanced Standing Allowed (above).
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH – MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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 appropriate subjects, may be eligible for one or more of the following awards:
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Master of Public Health applicants must also complete and upload the following forms and documentary evidence with their application:
- Current AHPRA Registration (if applicable)
- Degree Testamur
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement or Letter of Motivation.
Master of Public Health-Master of Business Administration
The combination of health with business not only introduces you to the world of public health, but also makes you aware of the economic factors that influence many of the decisions made by management and government in the health sector.
Master of Public Health-Master of Business Administration
Whether you are a clinician looking to enhance your leadership skills, or someone who wants to dive into meaningful research, this program can be tailored for you. JCU has a very supportive academic environment, and the program advisors can help you to arrange your schedule to get the maximum benefits of this program.
Associate Professor Richard Franklin
Master of Public Health - Master of Business
This is a unique program where students leave the university with two JCU Master’s degrees. By combining public health and business skills, JCU students are ready to take on the challenges of delivering initiatives that can make a difference to many lives.
Area Manager (Townsville), Northern Queensland Primary Health Network
I hire JCU graduates because they have a local context and knowledge of North Queensland. They have studied a comprehensive public health degree with diverse subjects, but local relevance. It’s very important for us to grow and keep skilled workforce in North Queensland.