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The Master of Public Health is a multidisciplinary health course designed for public health practitioners and others wanting to develop skills and knowledge in public health. Students undertake a number of core units covering a broad range of public health issues combined with specialist knowledge in one of the following stream: Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Policy and Management; Health Promotion; Public Health. There is a choice of undertaking either a dissertation or a smaller research project combined with further coursework.
Students can enter the course at one of three levels, the Graduate Certificate in Public Health; the Graduate Diploma in Public Health; or the Master of Public Health. The course structure is integrated to enable students to move, if accepted into a higher level course, from the Graduate Certificate level to the Graduate Diploma level and/or to the Master of Public Health.
On completion of the course students will be able to:
- apply research based specialised knowledge including recent developments in public health together with applicable research principles and methods
- reflect critically on theoretical knowledge, public health scholarship, advocacy and professional practice
- investigate, analyse and synthesize complex information and problems that impact directly or indirectly on public health outcomes
- interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non specialist audiences
- evaluate the applicability of existing and emerging technologies for public health practice
- apply knowledge and skills to new situations in the course of public health practice leading to further learning
- critically evaluate the impact of environmental and geographical context, local institutions and culture on public health outcomes
- articulate, defend and apply a theoretical understanding of social justice implicit in public health practice
- demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability when interacting with diverse individuals, communities and organisations as an advocate/champion of public health.
The qualification Master of Public Health has international recognition in the Health Industry.
Master of Public Health
Graduate Diploma in Public Health
To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or directly into the Master of Public Health applicants need to have completed either:
an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution preferably in in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.
2. Graduate Certificate
One of the following Graduate Certificates with a course weighted average of at least 65:
Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, Graduate Certificate in Children’s Environmental Health or the Graduate Certificate in International Health.
3. Graduate Diploma
One of the following Graduate Diplomas with a course weighted average of at least 65:
Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management or the Graduate Diploma in International Health.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results.
Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).
Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.
Please note: Students should check for any prerequisites before enrolling in any units. There are four groups of units that Master of Public Health students must complete:
Students should complete all seven public health core units (also available as the Graduate Diploma in Public Health)
Students should select one of the public health majors listed below and complete three major units.
Students should complete four optional units (3 from Master of Public Health optional units list and 1 from chosen Stream/Major optional units list).
Students should complete their studies with MPH600 Research Project (double unit).
To qualify for the Master of Public Health students must complete 16 units or equivalent.
Select one of these Majors:
- Health Policy and Management
- Health Promotion
- Public Health
- Applied Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.
Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.
To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to email@example.com along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.
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Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
The Master of Public Health, Graduate Diploma in Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health have undergone a major change in 2016.
- The new unit MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion has replaced existing unit MPH402 Concepts in Health Promotion Planning as a core unit.
- Due to the deactivation of MPH512 Nutrition Promotion, this unit was replaced with INH130 International Nutrition under the Public Health Stream of the Master of Public Health.
Students who have completed MPH402 and MPH512 prior to 2016 will have the unit counted towards their degree. Please contact the course coordinator, Dr Helman Alfonso, at tel.no. +61892662958 or email email@example.com for transition arrangements.
Master of Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Public Health have undergone a major change.
Starting Session 2 2015, students will be able to choose to complete either MPH405 Environmental Health Management OR MPH682 Public Health Response to Climate Change as core unit. If both units were completed, one will be counted as an Optional Unit.
A list of Optional Units have been added within each of the streams to give students more unit options to choose from.
HTHM502 Organisation of Health Care Systems has been removed as part of the Master of Public Health. Students who have completed this unit prior to Session 2 2015 will have it counted towards their degree.
In 2014 Curtin University will introduce a new version of the Master of Public Health/Graduate Diploma in Public Health/Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Students in the current version will be able to complete their course. Completion may involve minor changes for some students. Some students may be able to transfer to the new version of the course.
For Master of Public Health:
The following notes are provided to assist students in the current courses with the minor changes necessary to complete the course.
Students who have passed less than 8 units AND have NOT passed HTHM501 Communication for Health and HTHM805 Ethics in Public Health will be moved to the new version of the course, unless they specifically request to stay in the current version. The structure of the new course can be found at the Course Units tab.
The following units will be withdrawn at the end of 2013
- HTHM805 Ethics in Public Health
- MPH505 Occupational Diseases
- MPH514 Behaviour Change Communication
Please refer to the Transition Arrangement Document for more information.
For Graduate Diploma in Public Health:
The unit HTHM805 Ethics in Public Health has been withdrawn. Students who have passed HTHM805 will have it counted in their degree. Students who have not passed HTHM805 should enrol in MPH682 Public Health Response to Climate Change.
The unit HTHM501 Communication for Health is no longer included in the course. Students who have passed HTHM501 will have it counted in their degree. Students who have not passed should enrol in HTHM801 Health Policy.
For Graduate Certificate in Public Health:
New students or students who have completed only the units MPH401 Health Research Methods and/or MPH404 Foundations of Public Health should move to the new course.
The units in the new course are:
- MPH401 Health Research Methods
- MPH404 Foundations of Public Health
- MPH402 Health Promotion Planning
- HTHM801 Health Policy
Students in the pre-2014 version of the course who have completed other units from the majors will be able to finish the course they commenced.
Students in the Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics major of the pre-2014 Graduate Certificate in Public Health will need to take the following four units: MPH401, MPH501, MPH503, MPH502 or HTHM502.
To discuss your study plan please contact: PHealthStudentSupport@curtin.edu.au