- Online: February, July
2 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent
Be equipped with the interdisciplinary skills and expertise to address pressing global challenges in public health and global development. Gain an in-depth understanding of the urgent issues facing vulnerable communities through JCU’s unique position as a university for the Tropics that has worldwide impact.
Be prepared to develop strategies for addressing both current and future challenges through the Master of Public Health — Master of Global Development degree (MPH-MGlobDev), which is highly attuned to the development challenges of the next decade. This degree is the first joint Master’s program in Australia to respond to the development needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. You will gain key conceptual and practical skills to understand and respond to shifting landscapes of public health and human development.
Benefit from studying at a university ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Develop the knowledge and experience which will allow you to work in priority areas of poverty alleviation, disease prevention, health promotion, gender equality, social justice, climate responsive systems, and sustainable resource management, identified by the UN as key global challenges for future sustainability. You will gain vital intercultural competencies through the degree’s strong focus on global development while responding to a domestic imperative, equipping you to work effectively and ethically in contexts throughout the Tropics and Asia-Pacific.
Learn how to critically analyse, evaluate and generate solutions to complex public health and development problems for tropical, remote and inter-cultural settings through informed and evidence-based methodologies. Throughout this degree, you’ll learn to integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in public health and global development policy and practice, ensuring your ability to make a difference at both a community and policy level.
As a student at JCU, your studies can include national and international opportunities due to the University’s strong connections across the Asia Pacific region and the Tropics. Gain in-depth experience and benefit from networking opportunities through the work integrated learning, workplace-based projects, field exercises and service-learning available throughout this degree. Through extensive practical experiences, you will develop relevant technical and leadership skills to work in global development, public health, high-level research and effective practices that improve social, economic, cultural and environmental futures in the Tropics.
Choose to undertake the Master of Public Health — Master of Global Development degree on a coursework basis, with a research focus, or via a combination of coursework and placements. Study the way that suits you best, with options for online or mixed-mode delivery.
About JCU’s Master of Public Health — Master of Global Development
Develop expert skills and experience in research, strategic prevention and critical response with Australia’s first Master of Public Health — Master of Global Development degree. Gain a specialised understanding of the most pressing health and development issues in the Tropics and throughout the world.
Study JCU’s MPH-MGlobDev and become a change maker
Gain advanced professional leadership, project and organisational management skills as you study core subjects that include public health management, epidemiology, biostatistics, critical issues in global development, community development, environmental and regional planning, and politics and foreign relations. Choose from subjects that will allow you to specialise according to your interests or equip you to work in a wide variety of health and development settings.
Contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The MPH-MGlobDev has a strong focus on understanding and responding to challenges facing the world and contributing to a sustainable future in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This degree is at the forefront of the transition from international development to global development. JCU’s position in remote and tropical Australia provides students with unique opportunities to engage with pressing public health and development priorities, including the role and impact of extractive industries in the 21st century, how to build climate resilient health systems, and the rising threat of anti-microbial resistance and its links to natural resource management.
As a graduate of the Master of Public Health — Master of Global Development, you will have strong skills in project and resource management, leadership, planning, critical evaluation and advanced research as well as extensive practical experience. As the MPH-MGlobDev is the first of its kind in Australia, you will stand out from the crowd as a professional with a unique combination of expertise in both public health and development, knowledge which has become highly valuable in a world drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Master of Public Health — Master of Global Development prepares you for a career with unlimited potential. Your knowledge and skills are highly applicable in many areas of health, education, and development, allowing you to enter a wide variety of positions. Highly regarded by employers, health and development graduates are sought after within a range of national and international NGOs, government departments, local councils and private sector operators working in global development.
Your future career will have a national and international scope through JCU’s strong ties across the Asia Pacific and Tropics, which you will first experience in your professional placement. The connections you make with the organisation facilitating your placement could lead to employment opportunities post-graduation. These organisations can include government, multilateral and non-government organisations such as: the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), CARE Australia, the Fred Hollows Foundation, and state and territory Departments of Health.
International NGOs may include the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Marie Slopes International, PLAN International, and UN bodies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Master of Public Health - Master of Global Development
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Arts, Society and Education
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health 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; 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.
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For external delivery option, computer and internet access is required.
Must achieve a GPA of 5 or above in the first year of study to be eligible to undertake the Global Development 12 credit point research thesis.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
48 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Health – Master of Global Development, graduates will be able to:
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|Reasonable adjustments||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.|
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
TM5552:03 Global Health and Development
EV5951:03 Development in Practice
EV5952:03 Critical Issues in Global Development
EV5953:03 Research Methods for Global Development
AN5006:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation
PL5153:03 Politics and Foreign Relations
Select Option 1 (Coursework), Option 2 (Research) or Option 3 (Placement and Coursework)
OPTION 1 (COURSEWORK)
Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1 and 6 credit points of subjects from List 2
OPTION 2 (RESEARCH)
Select 12 credit points of subjects from List 3
OPTION 3 (PLACEMENT AND COURSEWORK)
Select 9 credit points of subjects from List 1 or List 2
SC5007:06 Professional Project
Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 1 or List 2
Development and Conservation
BZ5215:03 Conservation Biology
BZ5220:03 Population and Community Ecology
BZ5225:03 Technological Applications in Ecology
BZ5480:03 Restoration Ecology
BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management
MB5004:03 Marine Conservation Biology
Disaster Resilience and Natural Resource Management
EC5218:03 Economics and Sustainable Resource Management
EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation
EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
EV5107:03 International Environmental Policy and Governance
EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning
EV5614:03 Leadership in Disaster Management
Sustainable development planning and policy
EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning
EV5003:03 Environmental Economics
EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment
EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice
EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design
ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change
BZ5755:03 Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation
LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
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
IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change
Governance and social change
EV5957:03 Equitable Development and Social Change
HI5005:03 Regional Environmental History
LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
LB5236:03 International Political Economy
PL5110:03 Shifting Geopolitical Environments in Emerging States
PL5006:03 Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism
Development Leadership and Management
LB5243:03 State Society and Governance
LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution
LB5525:03 Conflict Analysis
LB5530:03 Conflict Resolution Processes
LB5536:03 Ethics and Reflective Practice in Conflict Management and Resolution
The development researcher
AN5007:06 Ethnography in Practice
EC5202:03 Cost Benefit Analysis
EC5216:03 Econometrics and Big Data Analysis
EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography
HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals
HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings
HS5800:03 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine
HS5801:03 Fundamentals of Health Behaviour Change
HS5802:03 Models of Care and Communication Strategies for Lifestyle Medicine
HS5803:03 Assessment and Prescription
IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change
MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology
PC5519:03 Pharmaceutical Regulation and Quality
PC5520:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health - Pharmacovigilance
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
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
TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals
TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals
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 Advances in Veterinary Parasitology
TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology
BU5950: 06 Research Project
BU5951: 06 Research Dissertation
HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals
SS5012:12 Social Science Coursework Masters Thesis
TM5549:06 Dissertation 1
TM5310:09 Dissertation 2
TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Tropical Practitioners
TM5601:03 Qualitative Research Methods for One Health Professionals
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Please refer to the Coursework Enrolment Procedure
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory fieldwork
Special assessment requirements
Must achieve a GPA of 5 or above in the first year of study to be eligible to undertake the Global Development 12 point research thesis.
Professional accreditation requirements
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 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 subjects 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 – MASTER OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
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
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the relevant number of credit points and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive one of the following awards:
* Graduate Certificate of Global Development
* Graduate Diploma of Global Development
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 - Master of Global Development 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
JCU’s Public Health courses are facilitated by dedicated, experienced staff who recognise each student as an individual and with a unique set of postgraduate circumstances. A must do for any health care practitioner wishing to further themselves.
Master of Global Development
The Global Development program offered me a great blend of theoretical knowledge and opportunities for professional development through hands-on learning and work-placement opportunities. It truly made my postgraduate experience memorable, enriching, challenging and a worthwhile investment.
Course Coordinator, Global Development
The MPH-MGlobDev brings together leading expertise in global health and development. In addition to studying public health systems, management and disease control, the program will provide you with a complex understanding of social and cultural determinants of health and wellbeing from the local to the global scale.
Associate Professor Stephanie Topp
Global Health and Development, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
MPH-MGlobDev students will benefit from studying at JCU’s tropical campuses with work-integrated learning that taps into the global networks and real-world experience of lecturers, and focuses on the unique development and public health concerns of Northern Australia, the Western Pacific and South East Asia regions.