Master of Public Health

Course summary for local students

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Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Public Health
Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$22,760 - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

CRICOS course code020018B
Deakin course code H757

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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. It aims to:

  • assist students to appreciate the historical foundations of public health and lessons learned from history;
  • develop a broad-based understanding of the determinants of health in populations;
  • develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the broad public health endeavours
  • develop the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and improve upon existing health-promoting environments
  • develop critical thinking about efforts to promote health and prevent disease
  • carry out research to identify public health priorities and generate initiatives for policy and action, public health program planning and evaluation
  • develop strategies to ensure equity in the health system and interventions to promote the health of disadvantaged groups.
  • possess an appreciation of the complex challenges in public health and the need for multidimensional solutions;
  • develop the skills necessary to generate and use research data related to public health issues, endeavours and interventions

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 of study. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load for each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The indicative annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2016, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For more information about HECS-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Full-fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course a student enrols in and the study load (EFTSL) of the units undertaken. The EFSTL value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

To calculate the cost of each unit you can multiply the course price by the EFTSL value of all units undertaken.

The course based fees may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on these course fees to calculate the future cost of their course.

Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist in pay their tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Course rules

This course consists of 16 credit points of study, comprising a combination of core units (8 credit points) and elective units (8 credit points) that can be chosen 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

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

MPM704Unit description is currently unavailable

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

MPM721Organisational Behaviour

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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

International students must also meet the English language requirements.

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

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


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.