Master of Public Health (2 years)
Start or progress your career in public health
Available in a longer format for those without a Bachelor Degree in Health, and a fast-track version for those with adequate existing education or experience, this course is ideal for a range of students. Make your mark as a health leader.
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Flinders University is a globally-focused, locally-engaged institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. They offer world‐class education that develops the critical and creative thinking skills to support a student’s success. Their courses offered through Open Universities Australia span business, education and law. They are designed with flexibility in mind, while delivering the advanced qualifications to take careers to the next step.
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At the completion of the course it is expected that graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills:
- in critical analysis of evidence, complex theories, problems, and concepts regarding social, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health
- in developing, planning, and evaluating public health approaches to health problems
- in critiquing and applying contemporary public health approaches in work-related environments and practice
- of research principles, methodologies, and methods applicable to public health theory, policy and practice
- in creativity and innovation in transferring knowledge to practice
- in effective communication in the workplace and university context
Apply an advanced level of knowledge and skills:
- to recognise their own strengths, limitations, and learning style
- in showing initiative and creativity in practice
- to take responsibility, and to advocate for and empower others
- in critical analysis of evidence and theories regarding determinants of health, planning and evaluating public health approaches, work-related environments; and undertaking public health research activities
Public health has become an increasingly significant focus of government plans worldwide, initiating developments at local and national levels within multiple healthcare settings. Graduates are expected to progress into employment in public health policy, management and practice.
Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.
Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment.
Explore and redefine public health practice to promote health in light of contemporary knowledge.
The courses are founded on a commitment to the advancement of quality and integrity in multidisciplinary practice, and principles of equity, inclusiveness, accountability and community participation.
The courses create opportunities for health professionals to examine workplace issues and to formulate new ways of addressing them and putting them into practice. The teaching and learning focuses primarily on helping health professionals change their practice in light of new insights. Topic assignments may be related to workplace issues and problems.
It is 2 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students complete one of two pathways in the course. The coursework pathway requires students to complete eleven core (compulsory) topics and three to four option topics chosen from a range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students with the opportunity to gain an advanced level of knowledge and skills to critical analyse evidence and theories regarding determinants of health, planning and evaluating public health approaches, work-related environments. The coursework and research pathway requires students to complete eleven core (compulsory) topics and one option topic which aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills to critical analyse evidence and theories regarding determinants of health, planning and evaluating public health approaches, work-related environments whilst undertaking public health research activities such as a dissertation.
To complete the requirements of the Master of of Public Health, students must successfully complete one of two pathways in the course. The coursework pathway requires students to complete eleven core (compulsory) topics and three to four option topics chosen from a range of option topics available.
The coursework and research pathway requires students to complete eleven core (compulsory) topics and one option topic