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Master of Public Health

Course summary

The Master of Public Health is a specialised degree for students who wish to pursue research careers in public health, or whose future career will require them to interpret and apply the findings of research. It is intended for students who are from public health disciplines and want to enhance their research and career prospects.


This degree

The Master of Public Health is a flexible degree designed to give students a broad introduction to public health and to provide the skills and knowledge to define, critically assess and resolve public health issues within a community. This flexible and interest driven program allows students to develop, analyse and implement policy, and to plan and evaluate health services and programs whilst catering for their individual career goals.


What you will study

The program is structured in a manner that responds to the constantly changing health and social issues both at local and international levels. The degree is composed of six core public health subjects, plus a choice of one of three specialisations comprised of three subjects. The specialisations available are Health Promotion, Public Health Nutrition and Social Marketing for Health.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

438

ATAR (UAI)

-

IB Score

28-29

Duration

1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, On Campus

Cricos

084771F

UAC Code

-

Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Master of Public Health 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 one year 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.

Fees

2016 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,704
Full Course Fee: $41,112

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

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

Distance

Session Fee: $13,704
Full Course Fee: $41,112

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

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

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Master of Public Health 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 one year 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.

Fees

2016 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $9,648
Full Course Fee: $28,944

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: $28,944

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 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 requires the successful completion of 72 credit points comprising:

  1. 48 credit points of core public health subjects; and
  2. 24 credit points from a selected specialisation:
    1. All specialisations have prescribed subjects so it is important you make your selection early and then follow the recommended subjects each session.
    2. The Public Health Nutrition specialisation is only available to students with a 3-year undergraduate bachelor degree in nutrition or equivalent.
        

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

  1. Students who complete the following 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). 

All subjects are available in both on-campus and distance mode, except for those in the Public Health Nutrition specialisation which are taught in flexible delivery mode with on-campus workshops.

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
Students are required to complete the following core subjects (48cp):
HAS 911Contemporary Public Health Issues II8Autumn, Spring
HAS 913Social Determinants of Health II8Autumn
HAS 915Public Health Policy II8Spring
HAS 920Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics II8Autumn
HAS 921Health Research Methodology II8Autumn, Spring
Plus ONE of the following core subjects:    
HAS 904Independent Study8Annual, Autumn, Spring
HAS 922Epidemiology & Statistics III8Not offered in 2017
Or one 8cp subject selected in consultation with the Director  of Academic Studies which is relevant to the students' interests and specialisation8Autumn, Spring
Students articulating from an approved Graduate Certificate program into the Master of Public Health are also required to complete the following as an additional core subject:
HAS 912Advanced Studies in Public Health8Not offered in 2017
Plus 24 credit points from one of the following specialisations:
Health Promotion Specialisation*
HAS 914Health Promotion II8Autumn
HAS 910Health Promotion Competencies II8Spring
Plus one 8cp elective subject selected in consultation with the Director of Academic Studies8Autumn, Spring
Public Health Nutrition Specialisation
HAS 936Public Health Nutrition8Autumn
HAS 937Nutrition Promotion8Spring
HAS 938Food & Nutrition Monitoring and Surveillance8Spring
The Public Health Nutrition specialisation is only available to students with a 3-year undergraduate Bachelor degree in Nutrition or equivalent.
Social Marketing for Health Specialisation*
HAS 931Social Marketing Principles and Practice8Not offered in 2017
HAS 930Critical and Upstream Social Marketing8Spring
HAS 932Applying Theory and Research in Social Marketing8Not offered in 2017

*Health Promotion and Social Marketing for Health are 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.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Master of Public Health may apply 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.