The Master of Public Health will introduce you to, and develop your understanding of, the social-ecological model of health that forms the basis of community-based and community-led public health. This approach reflects contemporary trends in public health and provides the basis of innovative interventions for social change. You will explore the origins and evolution of public health and the underlying principles and concepts of community-based and community-led public health. These include complex adaptive systems thinking, social and environmental determinants of health, epidemiology and statistics, communicable diseases, social justice, and partnership development. You will also gain experience in applying these principles and concepts in practical ways so you can readily take your learning into real world situations using a strengths-based or disease prevention approach. You will have the opportunity to shape this degree to your own needs by selecting relevant electives.
A Master of Public Health will allow you to work in community-based and community-led health services and projects for government and non-government organisations, including international humanitarian organisations.
|Duration||2 years full-time or 8 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||96|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||M|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
Employment experience must be demonstrated in the form of an official letter of employment, presented on company letterhead and be signed and dated by a delegated authority. Please ensure that the letter contains your full name, position title, duties performed and length of service.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
If you are an International Student, visit our International students webpage for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
It is recommended students have completed a health related degree.
|Interim Awards||CL44 - Graduate Diploma of Public Health CC27 - Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management CL46 - Graduate Certificate in Public Health|
|Exit Awards||CL44 - Graduate Diploma of Public Health CC27 - Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management CL46 - Graduate Certificate in Public Health|
No Residential School for this course.
|PBHL20010 - Work experience in community-based or community-led public health organisation for 120 hours|
|PBHL20009 - Work experience in community-based or community led public health organisation for 120 hours|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice|
|2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice|
|5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level|
|6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences|
|7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Communicate, interact and collaborate with others effectively in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 11||Total credit points: 66|
It is recommended students undertake the first eight core public health units before commencing the elective units.
The following units are compulsory:
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PBHL20001||Understanding Public Health|
|PBHL20002||Systems Thinking in Public Health|
|PBHL20003||Epidemiology and Statistics|
|PBHL20005||Global Public Health|
|PBHL20007||Cultural Immersion and Lived Experience|
|PBHL20008||Engaging with Cross-cultural Communities|
|PBHL20009||Health and Wellbeing in the Cross-Cultural Community|
|PBHL20010||Public Health Practice in the Cross-Cultural Community|
|DSMG28001||Foundations of Emergency and Disaster Management|
|PBHL29001||Social Innovation and Health: Human-Centred Design Thinking|
|Number of units: 2||Total credit points: 12|
You will need to choose a combination of units totaling 12 credit points from the list of level- 8 electives to make up the required credit points for the course. Consideration should be given to the campus, term of offering and possible exit/interim awards.
You must complete 12 credit points from the following list.
|Students may choose to do any of the following:|
|DSMG20003||Research for Emergency and Disaster Management|
|SAFE20011||Exposures and Health Risk|
|SAFE20017||Human Factors in Complex Systems|
|SAFE20018||Fatigue Risk Management|
|PSYC20037||Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing|
|PSYC20038||Positive Psychology: Research Methods|
|PSYC20039||Inter-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Wellbeing|
|PSYC20040||Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales|
|PSYC20042||Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors|
|SAFE28003||Safety in Complexity|
|SAFE28001||Safety Regulation and Management|
|SAFE28002||Psychosocial Hazard Management|
|Number of units: 3||Total credit points: 18|
You will need to choose a combination of units totaling 18 credit points from the list of level- 9 electives to make up the required credit points for the course. Consideration should be given to the campus, term of offering and possible exit/interim awards.
You must complete three units from the following list.
|Students may choose to do any of the following:|
|DSMG29001||Disaster Risk Reduction|
|DSMG29002||Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management|
|DSMG29003||Building Adaptive Capacity in Communities|
|DSMG29005||Community Safety and Education|
|DSMG29006||Volunteerism and the Community|
|PMSC29001||Transition to Practice|
|PMSC29002||Human Performance Optimisation in Complex Environments|
|PSYC29001||Applied Positive Psychology|
|SAFE29001||Hazard Management and Risk Control|