Doctor of Public Health [Research]

Courses International courses Doctor of Public Health [Research]

Apply now

Doctor of Public Health [Research]

The Doctor of Public Health is a research professional doctorate for graduates with professional experience in a range of public health areas.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
January, July
Duration
4 years full time
Study mode
On campus; Off campus
CRICOS code
084824J

Course overview

The research component comprises two-thirds of the program and takes the form of a supervised research and/or development project, culminating in the submission of a thesis that makes a significant contribution to public health.

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research advisor. To identify an appropriate advisor, use the Find an Advisor service from the Graduate Research School.

What you need to know before applying

You will need to supply the following with your application

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)

If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.

Certified copies & original documents

Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:

Postal address:
International Admissions,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

How to apply

Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students for more information, and then:

Apply now through the Online Application Portal.

Handbook

Doctor of Public Health [Research]

Handbook year

2019

Course code

111402

Course type

Doctorate by Research (AQF level 10)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at HDR Degree Requirements

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.

Special admission requirements

Applicants must submit a Doctoral Learning Plan developed with the assistance of potential advisors and approved by the Head of School on the advice of the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences Board of Doctoral Studies.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)

4 EFTSL

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:

Knowledge

  • A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution

  • Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.

Skills

  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice

  • Cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge

  • Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning

  • Communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions

  • Communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community

  • Expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • With intellectual independence

  • With initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning

  • With full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs

  • To plan and execute original research

  • With the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge, including in the context of professional practice.

Course Structure

RESEARCH

CORE SUBJECTS

PD7006:00 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Health)

RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates

COURSEWORK

CORE SUBJECTS

TM6015:06 Doctoral Conference Presentations

OPTIONS

Select 15 credit points of specified TM level 6 subjects

TM6013:06 Doctoral Attachment or TM6014:09 Extended Doctoral Attachment

TM6016:06 Doctoral Specialisation 1

TM6017:06 Doctoral Specialisation 2

TM6018:06 Doctoral Project 1

TM6019:06 Doctoral Project 2

TM6020:06 Doctoral Project 3

TM6021:03 Literature Review

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Cairns

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8.5 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months

Progression

Supervising body

Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)

Confirmation of candidature

See HDR Degree Requirements

Supervision

See HDR Degree Requirements

Progression

See HDR Degree Requirements

Subsumption of coursework subjects

Subsumption permitted

Maximum credit points of coursework subjects

15 credit points of non-core coursework subjects

Allowed coursework subjects

As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a research Masters degree relevant to the proposed Doctoral program, may be given advanced standing for work towards the Masters degree. In exceptional cases advanced standing may be given to a student for relevant research work undertaken at another university.

Maximum allowed

The amount of advanced standing to be awarded shall be determined by the RESC on the recommendation of the Head of the School.

Other restrictions

The University will not normally accept a student who has been enrolled at another institution for more than two years (full-time equivalent) or release a student who has been enrolled for more than two years (full-time equivalent).

Award Details

Award title

DOCTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Approved abbreviation

DrPH

Inclusion of field of research on testamur

The field of research shall not appear on the testamur.

Exit with a lesser award

After examination of the thesis, and subject to the requirements under HDR Degree Requirements, the RESC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the student be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Entry requirements

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be issued a JCU degree offer conditional upon achieving the required scores in an approved English test. You can undertake an English program at JCU to improve your skills prior to sitting your English test. If you are interested in doing this please email internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au

Fees and costs

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$35,800 (Estimate only.)

For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Postgraduate Guide (PDF, 8305 KB)

A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, would like to change your preferences (course, campus, commencing semester or major) after you have submitted your application contact International Admissions:

Email: InternationalAdmissions@jcu.edu.au

Phone: +61 7 4781 5601

Postal address:
International Admissions,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

Helpful links

Education agents and representatives
Scholarships and Financial Aid

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.