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.*

*The Social Marketing for Health specialisation is not available for 2018.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

438

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, On Campus

Cricos

084771F

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,256
Full Course Fee: $42,768

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: $14,256
Full Course Fee: $42,768

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

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $10,032
Full Course Fee: $30,096

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: $10,032
Full Course Fee: $30,096

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.

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

-

-

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
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: 20 - 22 February 2018
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 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.  HAS 911 must be completed in the first session of enrolment; and
  2. 24 credit points from one of the following specialisations:
    • Health Promotion
    • Public Health Nutrition*
    • Social Marketing for Health**

All specialisations have prescribed subjects so it is important you make your selection early and then follow the recommended subjects each session.

*The Public Health Nutrition specialisation is only available to students with a 3-year undergraduate bachelor degree in nutrition or equivalent.
** The Social Marketing for Health specialisation is not available for 2017.

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 Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Students are required to complete the following core subjects (48cp):
HAS 911Contemporary Public Health Issues II^8Autumn, 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 III8
Autumn, Spring
Or one 8cp subject selected in consultation with the Academic Program Director which is relevant to the students' interests and specialisation
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 Health8Autumn, Spring
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 Academic Program Director
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 Marketing8Not offered in 2017
HAS 932Applying Theory and Research in Social Marketing8Not offered in 2017

^ HAS 911 must be completed in the first session of enrolment.

***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.

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.