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

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

4 years full time, or part time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

087686A

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic 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)

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

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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $15,504
Full Course Fee: $124,032

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

- 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 postgraduate 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 Transfer

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

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $15,504
Full Course Fee: $124,032

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

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-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

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 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close:
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Session Detail:
Orientation: 21 February 2018 (TBC)
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  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 Studies 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:
      • HAS913 Social Determinants of Health II
      • HAS920 Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics II
      • HAS921 Health Research Methodology II
      • HAS922 Epidemiology and Statistics III
  2. 144 credit points as a supervised thesis (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 48cp, 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 913Social Determinants of Health II8Autumn
HAS 920Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics II8Autumn
HAS 922Epidemiology & Statistics III8Not offered in 2017
HAS 921Health Research Methodology II8Autumn, Spring
Year 2 
THES924Thesis Full Time48Autumn, Spring
or
THES912Thesis Part Time Autumn, Spring
Year 3
THES924Thesis Full Time48Autumn, Spring
or
THES912Thesis Part Time Autumn, Spring
Year 4
THES924Thesis Full Time48Autumn, Spring
or
THES912Thesis Part Time Autumn, Spring

 

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.