Master of Public Health

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Public Health
Cloud (online)Yes
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$25,340* 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

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 the standard full time load for one year of study.

Domestic students enrolled in this course may be eligible for income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited 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 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
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 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that 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.

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

HSH707Social and Cultural Influences On Population Health *

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH715Qualitative Health Research *

HSH724"Glocal" 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

MPM704Managing for Environmental Sustainability

Environments for Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH707Social and Cultural Influences On Population Health *

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment ~

HSH724"Glocal" 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

HSH724"Glocal" 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

ASC742Survey Research

* 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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree. Selection is based on additional criteria including a personal statement - write a statement of no more than 400 words to tell us why you want to do this course, what you believe you will gain from the course, your current and previous involvement in the field, and how it will align with your career aspirations.
 
Alternative admission may be granted to applicants who can demonstrate that they have gained sufficient pre-requisite knowledge and skills through work related training and/or 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

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.

 

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