Master of Public Health

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Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Public Health
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$28,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code020018B
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code H757
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Help develop and activate solutions to improve health and wellbeing.

This postgraduate degree is perfect for medical professionals, allied health workers and clinicians who are looking for ‘bigger picture’ approaches that improve the health of individuals, populations, the environment and communities.

The Master of Public Health focuses on improving existing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing strategies and interventions to ensure equity in the health system.

The degree’s flexible structure (half core, half elective) allows you to tailor your degree across a number of career pathways to suit your interests and career aspirations.

Career pathways are offered in six areas: applied research, environments for health, health economics and management, health promotion and community development, public health nutrition, public health practice.

Study public health at Deakin to kickstart your career in this important, rapidly-growing industry.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

To complete the Master of Public Health students must attain 16 credit points. 

The course comprises 8 core units (these are compulsory) and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study according to the desired career pathway).
 
The majority of core and elective units will be offered in Cloud (online) and campus mode. Some units may also be offered in block mode.

Course structure

Core units

This course is offered to students commencing in 2015 onwards. Continuing students should refer to the H747 Master of Public Health course entry.

All students must complete the following core units:

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH746Biostatistics 1

HSH769Comparative Health Systems

Elective units

Students must chose up to eight additional credit points of elective study completed as either Option A or Option B. Elective credit points may be chosen from within or across the 'career pathways' listed. It is also possible to undertake elective units from any other faculty subject approval of the course coordinator. Students interested in pursuing this option should seek the advice of the course coordinator before proceeding.

Option A

HSH731Minor Project A (1 credit point)

HSH732Minor Project B (1 credit point)

Plus six elective units from the career pathways listed.

Option B

HSH731Minor Project A (1 credit point)

HSH732Minor Project B (1 credit point)

HSH733Major Project A (2 credit points)

HSH734Major Project B (2 credit points)

Plus two elective units from the career pathways listed.

Career pathways

Health Promotion and Community Development

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH704Health Communication

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

HSH707Health Promotion in a Global Context *

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH715Qualitative Health Research

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities *

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation *

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH740People, Health and Planning *

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

Environments for Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH707Health Promotion in a Global Context *

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities *

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation *

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH740People, Health and Planning *

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine +

Note: Students undertaking his career pathway should take the HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights selective unit.

Public Health Practice

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities *

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

HSH746Biostatistics 1

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine +

Note: Students undertaking his career pathway should take the HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights selective unit.

Health Economics and Management

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH739International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning *

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

HSH746Biostatistics 1

MPM721People Management

Note 1: Students undertaking this career pathway should take the HSH717 Health Economics 1 selective unit.

Note 2: Students may also select a unit from the Master of Business Administration offered at Deakin University subject to approval from the Course Director.

Public Health Nutrition

HSN701Principles of Nutrition

HSN702Lifespan Nutrition

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

HSN734Obesity Prevention

HSN738International Nutrition

Note: Students undertaking this career pathway should take the HSN705 Population Health and Food Issues selective unit.

Applied Research

HSH715Qualitative Health Research

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

HSH746Biostatistics 1

* Unit offered in alternate years

~ HSH709 includes a 4 day intensive program held in June

+ HMF701 includes a 5 day intensive seminar held in February

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience.

The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree.  Applicants must provide a written statement outlining reasons for undertaking the course. Involvement in professional activities related to health promotion and/or health industry experience would be advantageous.

International students must also meet the English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Income support

Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.