Master of Public Health

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

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.

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Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Key information

Award granted

Master of Public Health

Year

2017 course information

Tuition fee rate

Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees

Deakin code

H757

CRICOS code

020018B

Level

Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Course Structure

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.

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:

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health HSH701
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702
  • Health Promotion HSH703
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice HSH725
  • Health Equity and Human Rights HSH728
  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • Comparative Health Systems HSH769
  • 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

  • Minor Project A HSH731 (1 credit point)
  • Minor Project B HSH732 (1 credit point)
  • Plus six elective units from the career pathways listed.

    Option B

  • Minor Project A HSH731 (1 credit point)
  • Minor Project B HSH732 (1 credit point)
  • Major Project A HSH733 (2 credit points)
  • Major Project B HSH734 (2 credit points)
  • Plus two elective units from the career pathways listed.

    Career pathways

    Health Promotion and Community Development

  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702
  • Health Promotion HSH703
  • Health Communication HSH704
  • Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning HSH705
  • Health Promotion in a Global Context HSH707 *
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709 ~
  • Qualitative Health Research HSH715
  • Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities HSH724 *
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice HSH725
  • Health Equity and Human Rights HSH728
  • Community Consultation and Participation HSH736 *
  • International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning HSH739 *
  • People, Health and Planning HSH740 *
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Environments for Health

  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702
  • Health Promotion in a Global Context HSH707 *
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709 ~
  • Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities HSH724 *
  • Health Equity and Human Rights HSH728
  • Community Consultation and Participation HSH736 *
  • International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning HSH739 *
  • People, Health and Planning HSH740 *
  • Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701 +
  • Note: Students undertaking his career pathway should take the HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights selective unit.

    Public Health Practice

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health HSH701
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709 ~
  • Health Economics 1 HSH717
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities HSH724 *
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice HSH725
  • Health Equity and Human Rights HSH728
  • International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning HSH739 *
  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701 +
  • Note: Students undertaking his career pathway should take the HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights selective unit.

    Health Economics and Management

  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709 ~
  • Health Economics 1 HSH717
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning HSH739 *
  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • People Management MPM721
  • 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

  • Principles of Nutrition HSN701
  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN702
  • Public Health Nutrition HSN705
  • Food Policy and Public Health HSN706
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour HSN713
  • Obesity Prevention HSN734
  • International Nutrition HSN738
  • Note: Students undertaking this career pathway should take the HSN705 Population Health and Food Issues selective unit.

    Applied Research

  • Qualitative Health Research HSH715
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice HSH725
  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • * 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

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Institute of Koorie Education

    Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

    Apply through IKE

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course pathways

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    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 and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

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

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    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.

    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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