Public Health

Extended master's programs


High performing students are encouraged to extend their Master's program through a professional placement or undertaking specialised study in the area of chronic disease prevention.

Further information about the extended programs can be found below:

Master of Public Health (Professional Practice)

The Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) extends the Master of Public Health course by allowing high performing students to undertake a professional practice placement. This course will suit students who wish to pursue a career in public health and are looking for professional opportunities to further develop their skills in the practice of public health.

The professional placement provides an opportunity for students to apply their learning in a range of public health disciplines such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion, health economics.

To apply for the MPH(Professional Practice) students need to be enrolled in the MPH degree, and have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75% in the first 24 core credit points of coursework. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 31 August.

Successful applicants will enrol for an additional semester (12 credit points of placement units of study) while completing a placement (approximately equivalent to 6 weeks full time work).

MPH(Professional Practice) is not available to international students.

Placement units of study

On completing the requirements of the Master of Public Health (48 credit points), Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) candidates enrol in a further 12 credit points of professional practice units, comprising either PUBH5041 and PUBH5042 or PUBH5040.

If a candidate is not able to submit his/her professional practice report after enrolling once in both PUBH5041 and PUBH5042 or once in PUBH5040, then he/she must re-enrol in a minimum of six credit points of professional practice units of study, with the concomitant financial liability, every semester until he/she submits the report.

Professional Practice Units of Study Credit points

PUBH5041
Practice Placement in Public Health 1

6
PUBH5042
Practice Placement in Public Health 2
6
PUBH5040
Practice Placement in Public Health
12
Total required Professional Placement credit points 12

Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention)

This degree extends the Master of Public Health program by the addition of advanced and specialised study in Prevention, at the end of their 48 Credit point MPH program. The program will suit high quality students who wish to pursue a career in public health with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention.

Students considering the Chronic Disease Prevention extension should look at the structured Master of Public Health program outlined below.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake 12 additional credit points of study in prevention, as well as undertaking a structured program of study from a range of electives in prevention related areas within their MPH program.

Eligibility will be restricted to students who attain a weighted average mark of at least 75% in their first 24 core credit points within the MPH.

Selection will be based on a competitive process which will include describing the relevance of prevention to their public health training. Successful applicants will transfer from MPH to MPH (Chronic Disease Prevention) and enrol for an additional semester (12 credit points).

Prevention structured program of study for the Master of Public Health

Students complete 48 credit points of unit study in a structured Master of Public Health program prior to applying for the Chronic Disease Prevention extension program.


Prescribed Units of Study Credit point Delivery mode

Master's students must complete 32 credit points of core units of study.

Core units of study

Available Semester 1

PUBH5010
Epidemiology Methods and Uses

 6  face to face (evening or day); online
PUBH5018
Introductory Biostatistics
 6  face to face (evening or day); online
PUBH5033
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
 6  block mode; online
PUBH5030
Public Health: Achievements & Challenges
 2  block mode; online
QUAL5005
Introducing Qualitative Health Research
 4  block mode; online
Available Semester 2
BETH5206
Introduction to Public Health Ethics
 2  block mode; online
PUBH5032
Making Decisions in Public Health
 2  block mode; online
PUBH5034
Public Health Capstone
 4  distance
Total prescribed credit points
 32  

Elective Units of Study Credit points Delivery mode

Master of Public Health (MPH) students seeking admission to the Chronic Disease Prevention extension program must complete 16 credit points of electives. It is suggested that at least half of all MPH elective units should come from the prevention related electives below.  These are prevention related units of study in the MPH and relevant units in other degrees that are related to the Chronic disease prevention theme.

PART 1 ELECTIVES

Available Semester 1
PUBH5020
Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
 6  online
Available Semester 2
PUBH5024
Obesity and Health Promotion
 2  face to face
PUBH5025
Physical Activity and Public Health
 2  online
PUBH5115
Alcohol, Drug Use and Health
 2  online; online/face to face on campus
PUBH5418
Tobacco Control in the 21st Century
 6  online/block mode

PUBH5026
Mass Media Campaigns & Social Marketing

 2  block mode

PUBH5019
Cancer Prevention and Control

 6  online
PART 2 ELECTIVES    
Available Semester 1
HPOL5000
Introduction to Health Policy
 6  online/block mode
Available Semester 2
MIPH5136
Nutrition in International Settings
 4  block mode
NTDT5608 Public Health Nutrition (students are encouraged to seek permission to enrol)  6  face to face
BACH5343 Individual and Societal Ageing  6  face to face
NURS5094 Principles of Chronic Disease Management  6  online/block mode
Chronic Disease Prevention extension program

Chronic Disease Prevention Units of Study Credit points Delivery mode

Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention) candidates must enrol in 12 credit points of prevention units.

MIPH5117
Global Non-Communicable Disease Control

 2

online; face to face

PUBH5028
Seminars in NCD Prevention and Control

 6

face to face

Total prescribed prevention-related credit points

 8

 

Students are required to select additional 4 credit points  of prevention-related elective units of study from:

PUBH5101
Special Project in Public Health

 4

 supervision
PUBH5102
Special Project in Public Health
 2  supervision
Additional prevention related units of study from Part 1 or Part 2 of the prevention related electives from the table above  2 or 4  
Total prevention-related elective credit points  4  
Total required Chronic Disease Prevention credit points  12