Public Health Practicum (previously Professional Practice in Public Health) - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Professional portfolio (30%) , Assignment 2 - Professional placement (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit is the application of discipline-specific knowledge and skills during a relevant professional placement within their specific discipline area. Development of professionalism, multicultural communication skills, and understanding of occupational health and safety and ethics in the workplace.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply skills and knowledge, relevant to the discipline area in a relevant workplace
  2. utilise written and oral communication effectively in the professional environment with technical and non-technical audiences
  3. critically reflect on and evaluate their own  performance in the workplace
  4. integrate independent and collaborative skills in an ethical manner, appropriate to a professional environment.
  • Assignment 1 — Professional portfolio (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Professional placement (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Placement reports (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Includes Placement

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Attaining and reflecting on placement experience
2Career direction and choices
3Building an iPortfolio
4Applying for a job, developing a resume/portfolio
5Occupational health and safety in the workplace
6Completion of one 100 hour placement

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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