University of Technology Sydney

C04302v2 Master of Public Health

Award(s): Master of Public Health (MPH)
CRICOS code: 088081M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

Public health is a non-clinical field of health care that aims to prevent disease and injury, reduce health inequities and promote health across populations. Rather than working with individual patients, public health professionals are focused on enhancing health outcomes and improving health care solutions on a population level in developing and developed countries. A postgraduate public health degree is recognised worldwide as being invaluable for a career in public health. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to enhance your career prospects, the Master of Public Health will provide you with a grounding in public health that spans health data, education, promotion and policy. You will develop specialist knowledge and skills and graduate ready to develop public health programs at a local, national or global level.

Delivered in a flexible and convenient way, you can learn online, on-campus or combine online learning with intensive study days. Course content is based on contemporary research and has been developed in close consultation with industry. The curriculum comprises subjects that provide a solid grounding of knowledge and skills required in any public health career, whilst also offering a wide range of electives that you can tailor to your expertise and interests. You will learn and be supported by academic staff who are highly experienced experts and researchers, recognised as leaders in their chosen fields of public health.

Course aims

Upon completion of the course, graduates have an internationally recognised qualification. They have developed skills and acquired knowledge essential for the modern public health professional. Specifically, the course covers topics including:

  • global public health
  • communicable and infectious diseases
  • health promotion
  • health education
  • reproductive and sexual health
  • Indigenous health
  • health policy
  • management in health care
  • primary health care
  • health research methods
  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • health economics.

Career options

Graduates are well equipped to work in a range of public health roles in government or private sectors, as well as in not-for-profit organisations; in disciplines such as: environmental health, epidemiology, health education, health policy, and health promotion.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Demonstrate reflective critical thinking to enable critical appraisal of current practice, policy and research with the aim to enhance health care and healthcare outcomes, and transform health
1.1 Critique, interpret and synthesise data and research findings to inform the surveillance, management, prevention of disease and illness and promotion of health for the complex issues inherent in public health
1.2 Apply research methods to a variety of public health problems
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive health professionals and potential leaders in a particular health field
2.1 Justify and demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership on matters critical to public health
2.2 Lead, develop, evaluate and collaborate in in public health programs that aim to improve population health
2.3 Contribute to policy-related dialogue and evaluation of public health strategies in the community
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable when engaging with individuals, families, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and jurisdictions
3.1 Create and lead ethical accountability to ensure efficient use of resources and equity of access to public health services and programs
3.2 Interrogate, appreciate and maintain accountability in the practice of data collection, access, storage and distribution
4.0 Communicate effectively and appropriately in challenging, complex and diverse situations
4.1 Communicate and collaborate to provide optimal outcomes in public health practice and research
4.2 Advocate for, create and respect the engagement of partnerships on matters critical to public health
5.0 Embody the international standard of professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role in regional, national and global health
5.1 Establish a commitment to the development of knowledge and skills within public health in order to prioritise reducing disease, disability and illness
5.2 Maintain professional standards and engage in lifelong learning
5.3 Appreciate and assess cost factors related to healthcare utilisation and choice
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but who have extensive relevant work experience in a healthcare or human services field may be considered eligible.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is one-and-a-half years of full-time or three years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course comprises 72 credit points, made up of 36 credit points of core subjects and 36 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91433 Core subjects (Public Health) 36cp
CBK91880 Electives 36cp
Total 72cp

Course program

Example full-time and part-time programs are shown below.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
96732 Foundations in Public Health   3cp
96704 Social Perspectives in Public Health   6cp
96026 Health Promotion   6cp
96733 Indigenous Public Health   3cp
Spring session
96735 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research   3cp
96731 Planetary Health   3cp
96730 Fundamentals of Biostatistics   3cp
96734 Global Health Systems   3cp
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
96732 Foundations in Public Health   3cp
96733 Indigenous Public Health   3cp
Spring session
96730 Fundamentals of Biostatistics   3cp
96735 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research   3cp
96734 Global Health Systems   3cp
96731 Planetary Health   3cp
Year 2
Autumn session
96026 Health Promotion   6cp
96704 Social Perspectives in Public Health   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
96732 Foundations in Public Health   3cp
96734 Global Health Systems   3cp
96730 Fundamentals of Biostatistics   3cp
96733 Indigenous Public Health   3cp
96735 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research   3cp
96731 Planetary Health   3cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
96026 Health Promotion   6cp
96704 Social Perspectives in Public Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
96732 Foundations in Public Health   3cp
96733 Indigenous Public Health   3cp
96730 Fundamentals of Biostatistics   3cp
96735 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research   3cp
Year 2
Autumn session
96026 Health Promotion   6cp
Spring session
96734 Global Health Systems   3cp
96731 Planetary Health   3cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
96704 Social Perspectives in Public Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program made up of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health (C11250), the Graduate Diploma in Public Health (C07126), the Master of Public Health, and the Master of Public Health (Advanced) (C04303).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS
UTS: Health

Professor Andrew Hayen
Course coordinator