Master of Public Health

Postgraduate coursework

Apply to study Master of Public Health at Deakin and kickstart your career in an important and rapidly-growing industry, locally and internationally.

Key facts

Duration

1 - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your recognition for prior learning. 

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2019 close 17 February 2019

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin’s Master of Public Health will help you develop an understanding of global public health challenges. You will learn strategies and practical techniques to take action on these challenges, prevent diseases and promote the conditions that optimise population health. Many students enrol in this program to progress in their current roles or to obtain senior positions. The course is ideal for both clinical and non-clinical health professionals, as well as graduates from a wide range of other fields who are looking for ‘bigger picture’ approaches to enhancing the health of individuals, communities and populations. Are you interested in developing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing interventions that ensure equity in the health system? Then Deakin’s MPH is for you.

The degree’s flexible structure (half core and half electives) allows you to tailor your degree to suit your own interests and career aspirations. You can choose your electives from the many units offered across one or more pathways to build your public health skill set.

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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. Credit for prior learning can be granted depending on previous studies and professional experience. 

All core units will be offered in both campus and online (Cloud) mode

The majority of electives will be offered in both campus and online (Cloud) mode

Some units may be offered in block mode

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

Students commencing prior to 2015 should refer to the H747 Master of Public Health course handbook 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
  • Prescribed Electives

    Public Health Practice 

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs HSH712
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709
  • Health Economics 1 HSH717
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Healthy Cities and Urban Communities HSH724
  • Global Health Policy and Planning HSH739
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Biostatistics 2 HSH747
  • Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701
  • Epidemiology 2 HSH754
  • Health Promotion

  • Health Communication HSH704
  • Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning HSH705
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs HSH712
  • Qualitative Health Research HSH715
  • Healthy Cities and Urban Communities HSH724
  • Community Consultation and Participation HSH736
  • Global Health Policy and Planning HSH739
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • International Perspectives in Health and Social Development HSH760
  • * Limited places in this unit are allocated based on an interview process and academic merit.

    Health Economics and Management

  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709
  • Health Economics 1 HSH717
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Global Health Policy and Planning HSH739
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Biostatistics 2 HSH747
  • Health Technology Assessment 1 HSH761
  • Resource Allocation and Priority Setting HSH762
  • Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice HSH764
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • Business Process Management MPM701
  • HSH722
  • Applied Research

  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709
  • Qualitative Health Research HSH715
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Biostatistics 2 HSH747
  • Epidemiology 2 HSH754
  • Public Health Nutrition

  • Principles of Nutrition HSN701
  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN702
  • Public Health Nutrition HSN705
  • Food Policy and Public Health HSN706
  • Nutrition Promotion HSN708
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour HSN713
  • Advanced Public Health Nutrition HSN714
  • Major Project B HSH734
  • International Nutrition HSN738
  • HSH743
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • Humanitarian Assistance 

  • The Humanitarian World AHL701
  • Management of Humanitarian Health Programs AHL705
  • Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts AHA725
  • Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector AHA721
  • Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice AHA722
  • Fundamentals of Humanitarian Management AHA723
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts AHA724
  • Disability and Inclusion

  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience HDS730
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course HDS731
  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability HDS732
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion HDS733
  • Inclusive Design and Technology HDS734
  • Inclusive Engagement: Advocacy and Participation HDS735
  • Disability Research - Inclusive Approaches HDS736
  • Elective units

    Students must choose eight additional credit points of elective study from the Prescribed Elective list below. Elective credit points may be chosen from within or across the fields of study listed.

    Any student wishing to undertake an elective not included in this prescribed list should seek approval from the course director.

    Students interested in pursuing a research focus should undertake a Minor or Major Project in place of some of the prescribed electives. If undertaking a Minor Project (worth 2 credit points) students complete HSH731, HSH732 and 6 prescribed electives from the list below

    If undertaking a Major Project (worth 4 credit points) students complete HSH733, HSH734 and 4 prescribed electives from the list below.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Public Health
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H757
    CRICOS code?
    020018B
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a National Police Record Check, a Working with Children Check. Please refer to the relevant unit guide.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Elective units involving internships or collaborative research and work based training arrangements can occur at any time including during standard holiday breaks listed here

    Work experience

    Many units incorporate work-integrated learning activities Internships and collaborative research and work based training arrangements are also available for eligible students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70+. Limited places are allocated based on academic merit.

     

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or higher in any discipline

    OR

    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $25,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $51,956.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. 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.

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    Entry pathways

    Pathways are offered in six areas: 

    • applied research 
    • health promotion 
    • public health practice 
    • health economics and management 
    • environments for health 
    • public health nutrition 
    If you have a Bachelor in the same discipline or major sequence in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points).  If you have a Bachelor (Honours), in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units, which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent.  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.  If you have a Masters degree in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 10 credit points (units), which means you need to complete less than 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

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    A 'same discipline' award for this course is in public health, a 'related discipline' award for this course is health sciences, health promotion, health and human services management or other related field.

    Faculty contact information

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

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Public Health practitioners work in international organisations such as the WHO, UNDP and UNICEF; the non-government sector (e.g. organisations focussed on cancer, tobacco, drugs, reproductive health, obesity, food security, violence, HIV); the government sector; local councils, and other diverse settings. The MPH also provides the opportunity to pursue a PhD and a career in academia.

    Professional recognition

    Not applicable

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced and integrated knowledge of public health theory, policy, surveillance, disease control and prevention, research principles, and recent public health developments in Australia and globally to practice and scholarship.

    Communication

    Demonstrate communication skills to justify theoretical propositions, issues and influences on public health in an effective and coherent manner to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Digital Literacy

    Demonstrate digital literacies in public health practice and scholarship to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate a range of complex public health evidence, theory and solutions at an abstract level.

    Problem Solving

    Using appropriate analytical and research methods, develop and evaluate strategies to prevent disease and injury and protect and improve health.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate effective self-management skills, autonomy and accountability that contribute to the development of lifelong learning in public health.

    Teamwork

    Apply teamwork, leadership and management skills and principles to work effectively in a team environment and with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

    Global Citizenship

    Apply ethically appropriate research and practice skills to the appraisal of public health related issues and generate appropriate and culturally sensitive responses.

     

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