Doctor of Public Health

Course summary

The Doctor of Public Health is a professional doctorate degree awarded on completion of an approved program of coursework and a supervised independent and original investigation of a significant problem in public health, presented as a thesis. This degree will prepare you for leadership positions in public health organisations that require advanced analytical or conceptual capabilities.

This degree

The program comprises of one year of coursework followed by two years of research. Progression to the research component of the degree requires a credit (65%) average in the coursework subjects, the development of a suitable research proposal, and successful completion of a qualifying examination. Your individual coursework programs will be decided in conjunction with your intended research supervisor and the Head of School.

What you will study

In the first year of this degree you will study subjects covering social determinants of health, epidemiology and statistics, and health research methodology. In the final two years of study you will undertake your thesis on either a full-time or part- time basis.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health, Research, Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

216

Duration

4 years full time, or part time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

087686A

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- A recognised Master of Public Health degree, or equivalent, with at least a credit average.
- A recognised Honours Bachelor degree of at least Class II Division 2 in a relevant discipline, followed by the equivalent of one year full time study approved as relevant by the course coordinator..
Preferably a student should have two or more years of appropriate professional experience and have demonstrated potential capacity for leadership in the area of specialisation. Applicants must submit a record of professional experience with the names of two appropriate referees.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

The maximum amount of external credit that can be awarded at the postgraduate level is 50% of the credit point value of the UOW course.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$17,640 (2021)

$141,120 (2021)

Most postgraduate research degrees are covered by the Federal Government's Research Training Program (RTP).
If you receive an offer with an RTP place, you do not need to pay the cost of tuition while you are studying as long as you are within your time limits for course completion.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- A recognised Master of Public Health degree, or equivalent, with at least a credit average.
- A recognised Honours Bachelor degree of at least Class II Division 2 in a relevant discipline, followed by the equivalent of one year full time study approved as relevant by the course coordinator..
Preferably a student should have two or more years of appropriate professional experience and have demonstrated potential capacity for leadership in the area of specialisation. Applicants must submit a record of professional experience with the names of two appropriate referees.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.


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)

86

18

18

17

17

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 FOR PRIOR LEARNING

The maximum amount of external credit that can be awarded at the postgraduate level is 50% of the credit point value of the UOW course.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

FEES

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$17,640 (2021)

$141,120 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive technical and research skills in public and/or public health professional practice health area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to the discipline of public health
2 Critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of public health and/or an area of public health professional practice
3 Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, results and conclusions to peers and to the community
4 Apply detailed knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute original research with full autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.

Course Structure 

The program for the degree will require successful completion of:

  1. 48 credit points of coursework subjects completed over the first year of study. The subjects:
    1. are selected with the student in consultation with the potential research thesis primary supervisor, recommended by the Director of Academic Programs and approved by the Head of School;
    2. must be passed with a credit average to allow progression into the research component of the course; and
    3. may include the following if the applicant does not have a background in public health:
      • HAS 944 Social Complexities and Health
      • HAS 947 Introduction to Epidemiology
      • HAS 945 Introduction to Biostatistics
      • HAS 946 Health Research Methodology
      • HAS 957 Advanced Epidemiology
  2. 144 credit points as a supervised thesis (repeated instances of THES912/924) completed over 3 years. 

In addition to completing the coursework component with a credit average, students must have also developed a research project proposal and obtained agreement of a primary supervisor who has that role approved by the Head of School. The research project is developed over time into a written proposal which is submitted for panel assessment, in addition to oral presentation to an assessor panel of the School. This normally occurs within the equivalent of twelve months of full time study following initial enrolment.

On successful completion of the research proposal, the student undertakes the research under supervision. At the end of this period the student will submit a thesis for examination under the regulations for Doctoral Theses of the University.

Supervisors can be drawn from any major study area of the School. Normally the study area will be directly related to Public Health. In the event a primary supervisor is not in public health, a co-supervisor must come from public health.

Field of Study

  • Public health
  • Health promotion
  • Health policy
  • Public health nutrition
  • Allied health education and practice
  • Social marketing for health
  • Sustainable communities
  • Social work
  • Work health & safety 
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Subjects to the value of 48 credit points, selected in consultation with the potential research thesis primary supervisor and may include the following if applicants do not have a background in public health:
HAS 944Social Complexities and Health6Autumn
HAS 947Introduction to Epidemiology6Autumn, spring
HAS 945Introduction to Biostatistics6Spring
HAS 946Health Research Methodology6Spring
HAS 957Advanced Epidemiology6Not available in 2020
Year 2 
THES924Thesis Full Time24Autumn, Spring
or
THES912Thesis Part Time12Autumn, Spring
Year 3
THES924Thesis Full Time24Autumn, Spring
or
THES912Thesis Part Time12Autumn, Spring
Year 4
THES924Thesis Full Time24Autumn, Spring
or
THES912Thesis Part Time12Autumn, Spring

 For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW is home to Public Health, Work Health and Safety, Social Work and Social Science researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. Our academics will supervise you to build your own career through supervised independent projects and our research seminar series. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and professional networks, making you a career-ready UOW graduate.

UOW Higher Degree Research training attracts candidates from across Australia and the world that are keen to work in research centres and schools where students belong to an academic community dedicated to evidence-based practice and a social understanding of health and action.