Master of Public Health (Online Delivery available)

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 eight core public health subjects, plus a choice of one of three specialisations comprised of four subjects. The specialisations available are Health Promotion, Public Health Nutrition* and Public Health Research.


* Subject to final approval, the Public Health Nutrition specialisation will be renamed ‘Food and Health’

UAC 935100

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health

Campus

Wollongong, UOW Online

Course Code

438

Duration

1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, On Campus

Cricos

084771F

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

Admission to the Master of Public Health requires a Bachelor degree from any discipline.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$11,280 (2019)

$33,840 (2019)

UOW Online

Distance

$11,280 (2019)

$33,840 (2019)

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Master of Public Health requires a Bachelor degree from any discipline.


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 FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

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

$14,544 (2019)

$43,632 (2019)

UOW Online

Distance

$14,544 (2019)

$43,632 (2019)

* 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 2018.

Applicant background

2018 intake

2018 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 2018

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

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 January 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Autumn

UOW Online

Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 January 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 12 July 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

UOW Online

Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 12 July 2019. Late applications may be considered.

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 advanced and integrated knowledge of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines of public health or its sub disciplines.
2 Demonstrate specialist knowledge of and critically analyse the social determinants of health including local, national, global, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander considerations.
3 Apply appropriate research methods and techniques to critically analyse and evaluate population health information to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to complex public health problems.
4 Model leadership and advocacy skills for the promotion, development and support of efficient and equitable gains in health outcomes.
5 Reflect and apply appropriate ethical, professional, public and personal behaviours within a range of contexts relevant to public health and its specialisations.
6 Analyse and interpret health information and effectively communicate to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriate technologies and communication networks.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Public Health, a candidate must successfully complete at least 72 credit points including:

  1. 48 credit points of core public health subjects; and
  2. 24 credit points for the selected specialisation.

CORE SUBJECTS 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
HAS 820  * Academic Skills for Postgraduate Social Science Students 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 943 Health in All Policies 6 Autumn
HAS 944 Social Complexities and Health 6 Autumn
HAS 947 Introduction to Epidemiology 6 Autumn
HAS 945 Introduction to Biostatistics 6 Spring
HAS 946 Health Research Methodology II 6 Spring
HAS 948 Health Promotion 6 Spring
HAS 903  * Independent Study 6 Autumn, Spring

* PLEASE NOTE: 

  • HAS 820 is to be completed in the first session of study.
  • HAS 903 is to be completed in the final session of study.
  • Student who intend to undertake the Public Health Research specialisation do not need to complete HAS 903 and should select an alternate subject in consultation with the Academic Program Director. 

SPECIALISATIONS

There are three specialisations for the Master of Public Health.

  • Health Promotion (24 credit points);

  • Food and Health (24 credit points); and

  • Public Health Research (24 credit points). 

HEALTH PROMOTION 

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

HAS 950

Project Planning and Evaluation

6

Autumn

HAS 951

Public Health Communication

6

Not available in 2019

HAS 952

Health Promotion Theories and Models

6

Spring

Plus one 6 credit point elective subject selected from the elective list provided by the Academic Program Director

FOOD AND HEALTH SPECIALISATION

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

HAS 953

Food and Health

6

Autumn

Plus at least two of the following:

HAS 954

Sociology of Food and Nutrition

6

Not available in 2019

HAS 955

The Future of Food Advanced

6

Not available in 2019

HAS 956

Monitoring and Shaping Food Systems

6

Spring

Plus one 6 credit elective subject selected from above or the elective list provided by the Academic Program Director

 PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH SPECIALISATION

Enrolment in the Public Health Research specialisation requires the approval of the Academic Program Director. Students are required to complete all core subjects and achieve at minimum Distinction grade (75% or more) in HAS 945 and HAS 947 .

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Students may select the following three subjects:

HAS 957

Advanced Epidemiology

6

Spring

HAS 949

Independent Study

12

Autumn, Spring

SNPG919

Qualitative Research Skills

6

Autumn, Spring

Or the following 24 credit point subject:

HAS 942

Major Project

24

Annual, Autumn, Spring, Spring 2019/Autumn 2020

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

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

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.