Public Health

What you need to do

Before preparing for a public health professional experience placement, please contact the Subject Coordinator for TM5571 Public Health Placement to discuss your options and the subject requirements:

Assoc. Professor Richard Franklin
College of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Veterinary Sciences
Phone (07) 4781 5939
Richard.Franklin@jcu.edu.au

This guide will assist you to organise your professional experience placement. However, you may be required to fulfill additional requirements depending on where your placement will occur (e.g. a national Working with Children Check, current resuscitation certification, current vaccinations). Please confirm with a representative from the placement facility what their specific requirements are, and ensure you meet these requirements prior to beginning your placement.

Type of work to be undertaken

The work you will be undertaking during your placement must be voluntary. It is not with your employer.

The placement must be public health related; it cannot be clinical practice.

You should not be undertaking any medical procedures as part of your placement.

Timing of placement

Your placement must consist of 152 hours of voluntary work, which equates to four weeks of work at 38 hours per week.

These hours can be undertaken as a block or spread out over the semester, e.g. 15 hours a week for 10 weeks.

Costs

As a Public Health placement student, you are responsible for covering all costs associated with your placement, e.g. accommodation, travel expenses.

Pre-Placement Documents

Prior to placement, you must ensure you have:

  1. Formally enrolled in the subject TM5571 Public Health Placement
  2. Developed a learning contract to be endorsed by the subject coordinator and placement supervisor
  3. Completed and submitted the form 'Approval to undertake work experience/community placement'
  4. Completed a health and safety plan via RiskWare

Forms and supporting documents including the TM5571 Subject Outline will be provided to you by the subject coordinator.

Assessment

There are three pieces of assessment for TM5571 against which you will be graded as competent or not competent:

  1. Learning Contract (30%)
  2. Risk management plan via Riskware (10%)
  3. A portfolio that includes analytical reasoning and a reflective journal or your learning (70%)

The hurdle requirements for TM5571 involve two letters from your supervisor:

  1. The first letter verifies acceptance of your placement and includes the 'Approval to undertake work experience/community placement' form
  2. The second letter verifies your attendance at placement and completion of activities specified in your learning contract

Overseas Placements

Insurance for placements in the United States or Canada are not covered under JCU Policy and as such may not be supported. Please contact the subject coordinator for further advice.