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Master of Public Health Advanced

Course summary

The Master of Public Health Advanced is designed to provide more options for graduate public health studies. It has the same structure of the Master of Public Health, with the additional requirement of a second specialisation of advanced study comprising 24 credit points of either further coursework or research studies. This allows students to tailor their learning to their career aspirations.

This degree

The Master of Public Health Advanced is a flexible degree designed to give students a broad introduction to public health while equipping them with the skills and knowledge to define, critically assess and resolve public health issues within a community.

Students who decide not to complete the Master of Public Health Advanced have the option to exit early with a Master of Public Health or an appropriate Graduate Certificate

What you will study

The flexible and interest driven program allows students to develop, analyse and implement policy, plan and evaluate health services and programs whilst catering for their individual career goals. The program is structured in a manner that responds to the constantly changing health and social issues both at the local and international level. The following specialisations are available:

  • Health Promotion
  • Social Marketing for Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Health Informatics
  • Research Skills and Applications
  • Major Project

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

439

ATAR (UAI)

-

IB Score

28-29

Duration

2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, On Campus

Cricos

084769M

UAC Code

-

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Master of Public Health Advanced requires a Bachelor degree from any discipline. Applicants intending to complete the Public Health Nutrition specialisation require a Bachelor degree with a major in Nutrition, such as a UOW Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition or Bachelor of Nutrition Science, or equivalent.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

Applicants with the following qualifications may be admitted to the Master of Public Health with 24 credit points of credit, enabling completion of the course with 1.5 years equivalent full-time study:


  • Honours Bachelor degree in Public Health or a related discipline;

  • A UOW Graduate Certificate in Public Health;

  • A UOW Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, or

  • Bachelor degree with a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.

Credit for specific subjects will be granted following consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health, who have completed at least 24 credit points with at least a Credit average, may apply for transfer to the Master of Public Health Advanced with full credit for completed studies.

Fees

2016 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,704
Full Course Fee: $54,816

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

The fee per session is based on a standard full-time load and is equivalent to 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa if studying this program on campus. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Distance

Session Fee: $13,704
Full Course Fee: $54,816

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

The fee per session is based on a standard full-time load and is equivalent to 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa if studying this program on campus. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Master of Public Health Advanced requires a Bachelor degree from any discipline. Applicants intending to complete the Public Health Nutrition specialisation require a Bachelor degree with a major in Nutrition, such as a UOW Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition or Bachelor of Nutrition Science, or equivalent.

Credit Transfer

Applicants with the following qualifications may be admitted to the Master of Public Health with 24 credit points of credit, enabling completion of the course with 1.5 years equivalent full-time study:


  • Honours Bachelor degree in Public Health or a related discipline;

  • A UOW Graduate Certificate in Public Health;

  • A UOW Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, or

  • Bachelor degree with a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.

Credit for specific subjects will be granted following consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health, who have completed at least 24 credit points with at least a Credit average, may apply for transfer to the Master of Public Health Advanced with full credit for completed studies.

Fees

2016 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $9,648
Full Course Fee: $38,592

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Distance

Session Fee: $9,648
Full Course Fee: $38,592

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

2016 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences

29 February 2016

Applications Close

Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 23 - 25 February
Session: 29 February - 23 June

2016 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
25 July 2016

Applications Close
International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 30 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 18 July 2016
Session: 25 July - 17 November 2016

Course structure

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Public Health Advanced will be able to:

  1. Critically examine the social and environmental determinants of health and disease - at local, national and international levels by drawing on currently available evidence-based research.
  2. Monitor and evaluate available population health data- to assess the effectiveness of health and healthcare policies, interventions, programs and services; and to identify gaps and opportunities in service delivery, policy frameworks and program implementation.
  3. Demonstrate strategic leadership - by applying and advocating for the core public health values of equity, sustainability and social justice when planning and developing health and healthcare policies, interventions and services.
  4. Use quantitative and qualitative approaches - to construct and implement rigorous scientific inquiry to explore health issues and their determinants.
  5. Draw on best practice principles and socio-ecological paradigms - to design innovative solutions with groups, communities and populations to improve health outcomes.
  6. Work independently and as part of a team, across a range of sectors and in partnership with key stakeholders - in a way that is participatory, inclusive and collaborative, to plan, manage and evaluate interventions designed to advance health outcomes.
  7. Effectively communicate health information and priority health issues - for groups, communities and populations to a wide range of audiences and using diverse media.
  8. Conceptualise key issues and concepts related to a range of contemporary public health sub-disciplines. 

Course Structure

The Master of Public Health Advanced requires the successful completion of 96 credit points comprising:

  1. 48 credit points of core public health subjects;
  2. 48 credit points from two specialisations (2 x 24cp):
    1. Some specialisations have limited intakes. Consequently, commencing students must have their specialisations approved by the Director of Academic Studies prior to commencement;
    2. The Public Health Nutrition specialisation is only available to students with a 3-year undergraduate bachelor degree in nutrition or equivalent;
    3. The following research specialisations are available for students who achieve at least a credit grade (65%) in all core public health subjects:
      • Research Skills and Application
      • Major Project. 

Students who decide not to complete the Master of Public Health Advanced have the option to exit early with a Master of Public Health or an appropriate Graduate Certificate. There are two options available:

  1. Students who complete the 3 core subjects (24cp), HAS 911, HAS 913 and HAS 920 can apply to exit the Masters with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health (UOW Course Code 1130); or
  2. Students who complete the 24cp in the Health Promotion specialisation can apply to exit the Masters with a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (UOW Course Code 1183).  


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Students are required to complete the following core public health subjects:
HAS 904 Independent Study* 8 Annual, Autumn, Spring
HAS 911 Contemporary Public Health Issues II 8 Autumn, Spring
HAS 913 Social Determinants of Health II 8 Autumn
HAS 915 Public Health Policy II 8 Spring
HAS 920 Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics II 8 Autumn
HAS 921 Health Research Methodology II 8 Autumn, Spring
Students articulating from an approved Graduate Certificate program are required to complete the following additional subject:
HAS 912 Advanced Studies in Public Health 8 Not offered in 2016
Plus 48 credit points from TWO of the following specialisations (2 x24cp):
Health Promotion Specialisation
HAS 910 Health Promotion Competencies II 8 Spring
HAS 914 Health Promotion II 8 Autumn
Plus one 8cp elective subject selected in consultation with the Director of Academic Studies. 8 Autumn, Spring
Health Promotion is available via on-campus or distance delivery mode.   International students in Australia on a student visa who are studying onshore cannot enrol in more than 25% of their total course by distance as per ESOS legislation.  If on-campus mode is selected, normal on-campus attendance is required throughout the academic session.
Social Marketing for Health Specialisation
HAS 930 Critical and Upstream Social Marketing 8 Spring
HAS 931 Social Marketing Principles and Practice 8 Not offered in 2016
HAS 932 Applying Theory and Research in Social Marketing 8 Not offered in 2016
Social Marketing for Health is available via on-campus or distance delivery mode.  International students in Australia on a student visa who are studying onshore cannot enrol in more than 25% of their total course by distance as per ESOS legislation.
Public Health Nutrition Specialisation
HAS 936 Public Health Nutrition 8 Autumn
HAS 937 Nutrition Promotion 8 Spring
HAS 938 Food & Nutrition Monitoring and Surveillance 8 Spring
Public Health Nutrition is only available on-campus. All subjects are taught in flexible delivery mode with on-campus workshops.
Students require a 3-year undergraduate bachelor degree in nutrition or equivalent, to be eligible to take the Public Health Nutrition specialisation.
Work Health and Safety Specialisation
HAS 860 People & Work 6 Autumn
HAS 861 Workplace Hazards & Hygiene 6 Spring
HAS 870 Work Injury Management 6 Spring
HAS 871 WHS Risk Management 6 Autumn
Work Health & Safety is only available in flexible mode. All subjects are taught in block delivery mode which requires on-campus attendance for intensive study days with on-line study requirements before and after the on-campus classes.  All subjects have quotas and students need to register their interest in this major at an early stage.
Health Informatics Specialisation
ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics 6 Autumn
ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing 6 Spring
ISIT906 Information Design and Content Management 6 Spring
CSIT814 Systems Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
Health Informatics is only available on-campus.
Research Skills and Application Specialisation
HAS 922 Epidemiology & Statistics III 8 Not offered in 2016
HAS 905 Independent Study 16 Autumn, Spring
Research Skills and Application is only available on-campus.
Students must achieve at least a credit (65%) in all core public health subjects and approval of the Director of Academic Studies is required to take the Research Skills and Application specialisation.
Major Project Specialisation
HAS 942 Major Project 24 Annual, Autumn, Spring, Spring 2016/Autumn 2017
Major Project is only available on-campus.
Students must achieve at least a credit (65%) in all core public health subjects and approval of the Director of Academic Studies is required to take the Major Project specialisation.

* Students undertaking the Research Skills and Application or Major Project Specialisation do not need to undertake HAS904 and should select an alternate subject in consultation with the Director of Academic Studies.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Master of Public Health qualify for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Why choose this course?

UOW is home to public health researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. Our academics will supervise you to build your own research career through our public health projects and our research seminar series. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical public health skills and professional networks so that you are competitive in the workforce.