Postgraduate coursework

Master of Public Health

Apply to study a postgraduate Master of Public Health course and help develop and activate solutions to improve health and wellbeing.

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Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

1 - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

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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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
  • Career pathways

    Health Promotion and Community Development

  • Health Communication HSH704
  • Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning HSH705
  • HSH707 *
  • 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 *
  • People, Health and Planning HSH740 *
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Environments for Health

  • HSH707 *
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709 ~
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs HSH712 ~
  • Healthy Cities and Urban Communities HSH724 *
  • Community Consultation and Participation HSH736 *
  • Global Health Policy and Planning HSH739 *
  • People, Health and Planning HSH740 *
  • Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701 +
  • 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 +
  • 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
  • Human Resource Management MPM722
  • Note: 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
  • Other elective units

    Any students wishing to undertake 2 or more of these electives should first speak with the Course Director or Student Advisor to discuss the rationale behind their chosen electives and pathway.

    Disability and Inclusion

  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability HDS732
  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience HDS730
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion HDS733
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course HDS731
  • Planning

  • Smart Cities and Infrastructure SRP782
  • Designing Urban Environments SRD761
  • Managing Change and Innovation SRM781
  • Ecological Cities and Futures SRP761
  • Planning Processes and Practice SRP781
  • Indigenous Narratives and Processes SRL733
  • Humanitarian

  • The Humanitarian World AHL701
  • 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
  • Applied Research

  • Qualitative Health Research HSH715
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Health Program Evaluation HSH745
  • Biostatistics 2 HSH747
  • * 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

    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 director. Students interested in pursuing this option should seek the advice of the course director 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.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Public Health
    Year
    2018 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

    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.

    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.

    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 other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline

    OR

    • other 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

    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

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Opportunities for graduates exist in government, research, non-government organisations, international non-government organisations, health care, community and other settings, both local and global. Many students enrol in this program to progress in their current roles or to obtain senior positions. The course is also ideal for allied health professionals and medical practitioners looking to expand upon their existing knowledge.

    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.

     

    Application information

    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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Entry pathways

    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.

    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.

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