Master of Public Health (MPubHlth)

Program Code

MPH

Academic Year

2022

Program Faculty

Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies).

Overview

The Master of Public Health consists of core and elective coursework in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, social science research methods for public health, public health policy and evaluation, health systems and advocacy, occupational, environmental, and global health and infectious disease epidemiology and control. Synthesis of skills learnt through coursework study will offer students a choice of a guided professional practice placement/project or a research dissertation in order to contribute new knowledge.

The Master of Public Health is intended to equip graduates for careers in public health or to broaden the public health orientation of their current work for those with established careers.

The Master of Public Health is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

Conditions

Condition of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Coordinator or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Condition of continuing enrolment
Research dissertation: A student must complete core and elective courses to a value of 36 units with a minimum GPA of 5.0, before proceeding to the research dissertation.

Research thesis: A student must complete core and elective courses to a value of 24 units with a minimum GPA of 5.0, before proceeding to the research thesis.

Immunisation: Prior to any professional placement, students will need to check vaccine requirements with their placement provider and provide evidence of their immunisation status. Students are required to have the appropriate level of immunisation required by the Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Directive for tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal history clearances (CHC), Prescribed Communicable Infections (PCI) screening, including recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Please note that professional placements cannot be guaranteed for unvaccinated students.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Public Health

There shall be a Master of Public Health .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

Conversion Program
To qualify for the degree of Master of Public Health as a Conversion program, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study with a combined total of not less than 48 units. 

The Master of Public Health Research Pathway is comprised of two options:

Option # 1 (Dissertation)
1. Core courses to the value of 24 units.
2. Elective courses to the value of 12 units.
3. Dissertation to the value of 12 units.

Option # 2 (Thesis)
1. Core courses to the value of 21 units.
2. Elective courses to the value of 3 units.
2. Thesis to the value of 24 units.

The Master of Public Health Professional Practice Pathway comprise of:

1. Core courses to the value of 24 units.
2. Elective courses to the value of 12 units.
3. Professional Practice Placement to the value of 12 units.

Extension Program
To qualify for the degree of Master of Public Health as an Extension program, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study with a combined total of either 24 or 36 units:

Option # 1
The 24 Unit Extension Program comprises of:
1. Four (4) Core courses to the value of 12 units.
2. Four (4) Elective courses to the value of 12 units.

Option # 2
The 36 Unit Extension Program comprises of:
1. Seven (7) Core courses to the value of 21 units.
2. Five (5) Elective courses to the value of 15 units.

 

Public Health Specialisation

To satisfy the requirements for the The Master of Public Health, student must complete courses to the value of 48 units.

Conversion Program Core Courses

Students in the Conversion program must complete courses to the value of 21 units from the following:

Please note: Courses have both face to face and/or online  delivery available.

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7074 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PUB HLTH 7090 Global Public Health 3
PUB HLTH 7091 Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health 3
PUB HLTH 7092 Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change 3
PUB HLTH 7093 Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations 3
PUB HLTH 7113 Environmental and Occupational Health 3

and

Students in the Research pathway (Dissertation) must complete the following course:
 

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7300OL Developing a Novel Research Question 3

or

Students in the Professional Practice pathway must complete the following course:
 

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7096 Making Healthy Public Policy 3

Electives

Students in the Conversion program take courses to the value of 12 units from the following:

Please note: Courses have both face to face and/or online delivery available.

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
HEALTH 7000 Ethical Challenges in Modern Health Care 3
PUB HLTH 7028 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3
PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods In Health 3
PUB HLTH 7081OL Health Economics 3
PUB HLTH 7096 Making Healthy Public Policy 3
PUB HLTH 7104 Biostatistics 3
PUB HLTH 7147OL Health Technology Assessment 3

or

Up to 6 units of electives may be taken from other postgraduate coursework courses offered by the University or another University which the Faculty approves.

Research Pathway Capstone Courses

Dissertation
Students in the Research Pathway (Dissertation) must complete:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7119 MPH Dissertation (Full-Time) 12

or

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7122A MPH Dissertation Part 1 0
PUB HLTH 7122B MPH Dissertation Part 2 12

Thesis
Students in the Research pathway (thesis) must complete:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7133A MPH Thesis Part A 0
PUB HLTH 7133B MPH Thesis Part B 24

or

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7134A MPH Thesis (Two-Year) Continuing 0
PUB HLTH 7134B MPH Thesis (Two-Year) Final 24

Professional Practice Pathway Capstone Courses

Students in the Professional Practice Pathway must complete:
 

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7079 MPH Professional Practice Placement 12

Extension Program

Students in the 24 unit Extension program take Core courses  to the value of 12 units.

Students in the 36 unit Extension program take Core courses to the value of 21 units.

Core Courses
Core courses must be taken from the following:

Please note: Courses have both face to face and/or online delivery available.

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7074 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PUB HLTH 7090 Global Public Health 3
PUB HLTH 7091 Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health 3
PUB HLTH 7092 Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change 3
PUB HLTH 7093 Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations 3
PUB HLTH 7113 Environmental and Occupational Health 3

Elective Courses
Students in the 36 unit Extension program take up to five (5) Elective courses to the value of 15 units.

Students in the 24 unit Extension program take up to four (4) Elective courses to the value of 12 units. 

Students in the 24 unit Extension program must take the following course in lieu of either the PUB HLTH 7119 MPH Dissertation or PUB HLTH 7079 MPH Professional Practice Placement:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7095EX Work-Integrated Research Project 6

and

Two (2) Elective courses to the value of 6 units must be taken from the following:

Please note: Courses have both face to face and/or online  delivery available.

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
HEALTH 7000 Ethical Challenges in Modern Health Care 3
PUB HLTH 7028 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3
PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods In Health 3
PUB HLTH 7081OL Health Economics 3
PUB HLTH 7096 Making Healthy Public Policy 3
PUB HLTH 7104 Biostatistics 3
PUB HLTH 7147OL Health Technology Assessment 3

or

Up to 6 units of electives may be taken from other postgraduate coursework courses offered by the University or another University which the Faculty approves.