UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Public Health (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course provides graduates with a suitable background and generalist qualification for a career in public health research or practice. In particular, it provides a foundation in the research disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics and health promotion, as well as the broader social context in which public health programs are planned, delivered and evaluated.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Public Health (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMPH
Course code91550
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code003032A
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required72
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Assistant Professor Julie Saunders

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and units to the value of 18 points from Group C.

Students in the course by coursework take:
(a) units to the value of 12 points from Group B and units to the value of 30 points from Group C; or
(b) units to the value of 42 points from Group C.

Take all units (30 points):

S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I

Group A

S1, S2PUBH5712Dissertation (full-time) (24 points)
S1, S2PUBH5714Dissertation (part-time) (24 points)

Group B

S1, S2PUBH5701Public Health Project (full-time) (12 points)
S1, S2PUBH5703Public Health Project (part-time) (12 points)

Group C

NSAHEA5755Aboriginal Health
S2PAED4401Research Conduct and Ethics
N/APUBH5742Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
S1PUBH5751Disease Prevention in Population Health
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
NSPUBH5759Epidemiology II
NSPUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
S1PUBH5763Leadership and Management of Health Services
N/APUBH5765Health Promotion II
N/APUBH5766Health Survey Research Methods
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
S1PUBH5783Health in an Era of Environmental Change
S2PUBH5784Special Topics in Public Health
NSPUBH5785Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
NSPUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
N/APUBH5802Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
NSPUBH5804Food and Nutrition in Population Health
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
NSRMED4403Health Program Evaluation

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) (i) a Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 91230 Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies (24 points)
  • 91360 Graduate Diploma in Public Health (48 points)
  • 91550 Master of Public Health (72 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Public Health course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they—

(a) fail a core unit twice;

or

(b) within a calendar year, fail more than half the units they remained enrolled in after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty .

[Approved exceptions to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Enrolment

13. Unless the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Population Health, permits otherwise, a student must enrol in units to the value of at least 12 points in any year of enrolment.

Credit

14. Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, credit will normally only be granted for coursework completed within the last five years.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

Submission of project

15. Students enrolled on a part-time basis must complete their project requirements (12 points) in two consecutive semesters.