Master of Public Health (coursework and dissertation)

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

Course structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; 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 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (54 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
S1, S2PUBH4403Epidemiology I
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)
S1PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 3 hours per week
S2PUBH5758Public Health Practicum (24 points)
Prerequisites:
PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health; PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1; PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics; PUBH4401 Biostatistics 1; and PUBH5754 Health Promotion I. To be eligible for the Practicum, students must also have received a mark of at least 70 for PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health or PUBH5754 Health Promotion I.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
35 hours per week

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAHEA5755Aboriginal Health
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
offered intensively
S2PAED4401Research Conduct and Ethics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a relevant honours or postgraduate course
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
online modules only
S1PUBH5705Health Program Evaluation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation (ID 4228)
lectures/tutorials 3.5 hours
NSPUBH5721Public Health Field Trip
Prerequisites:
any 1 of PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health, PUBH5705 Health Program Evaluation, PUBH5754 Health Promotion, PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health, PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1 or PUBH5705 Health Program Evaluation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Seminars up to 6 x 2 hours; 1-3 week fieldwork overseas
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week for 12 weeks
S1PUBH5751Disease Prevention in Population Health
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
offered intensively
N/APUBH5759Epidemiology II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I (ID 707) PUBH4401 Biostatistics I (ID 698)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
3 hours lecture/tutorial per week
S2PUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
online tuition: 3 hours per week
NSPUBH5763Health Leadership and Management
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
One week full time, plus pre-intensive week readings.
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
S2PUBH5783Health in an Era of Environmental Change
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
online lectures and discussions: 3 hours per week
N/APUBH5784Special Topics in Public Health
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSPUBH5785Analysis of Linked Health Data
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
offered intensively (1 week full-time)
N/APUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
Prerequisites:
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics (ID 3924)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 week full-time
NSPUBH5802Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
Prerequisites:
PUBH5785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data (ID 3940) (formerly PUBH8785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data) or equivalent skills and experience.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
offered intensively (1 week full-time)
NSPUBH5804Food and Nutrition in Population Health
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
PUBH2208 Food and Nutrition in Population Health (ID 694)
1 week full-time
S1, S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminar: 3 hours per week

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH5712Dissertation (full-time) (24 points)
Prerequisites:
A mark of at least 70 per cent in the following units: i) PUBH4403 Epidemiology I; ii) PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health or PUBH 5754 Health Promotion, and; iii) PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or PUBH 5805 Qualitative Research Methods. With reference to requirement (iii) in the above, the requirement to score 70 per cent or above is based on whether the research dissertation to be undertaken is quantitative or qualitative in nature.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
regular meetings with supervisor as required
S1, S2PUBH5714Dissertation (part-time) (24 points)
Prerequisites:
A mark of at least 70 per cent in the following units: i) PUBH4403 Epidemiology I; ii) PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health or PUBH5754 Health Promotion, and; iii) PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods. With reference to requirement (iii) in the above, the requirement to score 70 per cent or above is based on whether the research dissertation to be undertaken is quantitative or qualitative in nature.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
regular meetings with supervisor as required

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

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

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

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

and

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

(2) Applicants who have or have had a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' against courses 91550 or 92550 are not eligible for admission.

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)
  • 91550 Master of Public Health (72 points)
  • 92560 Master of Public Health (96 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 96 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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) A student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time is assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) A student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time is 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 which is calculated based on—

(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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).


Additional rules
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 exception to University Policy]