Master of Public Health (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course is a two year Master of Public Health course which enables students to specialise in one of three areas: public health foundations, applied public health and public health methodology. It provides students with a strong grounding in public health knowledge and theory.

The course can be undertaken by coursework only (public health foundations), coursework and practicum (applied public health) or coursework and dissertation (public health methodology). Students undertaking the public health foundations specialisation, or the applied public health specialisation can also undertake a project.

Only those students meeting the eligibility criteria may undertake the project, dissertation or practicum.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Public Health (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MPH
Course code
92550
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
075827C

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Siobhan Hickling
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Specialisations

SP-APPPH Applied Public Health
SP-PHFND Public Health Foundations
SP-PHMET Public Health Methodology

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; 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 2021 or 2022.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)
NSPUBH5705Health Program Evaluation
Incompatibility:
RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation
offered intensively
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
seminars: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
lectures: 3 hours per week

Option units specialisation

Note: Students in the Applied Public Health specialisation SP-APPPH must take units to the total value of 30 points from Groups A and either B or D.

Students in the Public Health Foundations specialisation SP-PHFND must take units to the total value of 42 points from Groups A, C and either B or D .

Students in the Public Health Methodology specialisation SP-PHMET must take units to the value of 30 points from Groups A and C.

Group A Coursework

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2PAED4401Research Conduct and Ethics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a relevant honours or postgraduate course
online modules only
S1, S2PUBH5721Public 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
Seminars up to 6 x 2 hours; 1-3 week fieldwork overseas
N/APUBH5742Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology
40 hours during the intensive week; 4 hours per week after that
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hour per week for 10 weeks
S1PUBH5751Disease Prevention in Population Health
Prerequisites:
an undergraduate degree
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
offered intensively
S2PUBH5759Epidemiology II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I and PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
3 hours lecture/tutorial per week
S2PUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
online tuition: 3 hours per week
NSPUBH5763Leadership and Management of Health Services
One week full time, plus pre-intensive week online activities.
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S1PUBH5783Health in an Era of Environmental Change
online lectures and discussions: 3 hours per week
S2PUBH5784Special Topics in Public Health
NSPUBH5785Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
offered intensively (1 week full-time)
N/APUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
Prerequisites:
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics or MGMT5530 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Governance or equivalent
1 week full-time
NSPUBH5802Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
Prerequisites:
PUBH5785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data (formerly PUBH8785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data) or equivalent skills and experience. The computing component of the unit assumes a facile competence in the preparation of computing syntax for programs such as SPSS, SAS or STATA and familiarity with the statistical analysis of linked data files at an introductory to intermediate level.
offered intensively (1 week full-time)
NSPUBH5804Food and Nutrition in Population Health
1 week full-time

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points, as per the sequence notes:

Group B Dissertation

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.
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.
regular meetings with supervisor as required

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points, as per the sequence notes:

Group C Practicum

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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. Students enrolled the Master of Health Science must have PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health and three from PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1; PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics; PUBH4401 Biostatistics 1; and PUBH5754 Health Promotion I and have received a mark of at least 70 for PUBH5749 or PUBH5754.
35 hours per week

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points, as per the sequence notes.

Group D Project

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH5701Public Health Project (full-time) (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Students are required to achieve 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 project to be undertaken is quantitative or qualitative in nature.
Regular meeting with supervisor as required
S1, S2PUBH5703Public Health Project (part-time) (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Students are required to achieve 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 project to be undertaken is quantitative or qualitative in nature.
Regular meeting with supervisor as required

Applied Public Health specialisation

Take all units (42 points):

SP-APPPH

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
lectures/tutorials: 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. Students enrolled the Master of Health Science must have PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health and three from PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1; PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics; PUBH4401 Biostatistics 1; and PUBH5754 Health Promotion I and have received a mark of at least 70 for PUBH5749 or PUBH5754.
35 hours per week
S1PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week

Public Health Foundations specialisation

Take all units (30 points):

SP-PHFND

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAHEA5755Aboriginal Health
offered intensively
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hour per week for 10 weeks
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week

Public Health Methodology specialisation

Take all units (18 points):

SP-PHMET

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week

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

SP-PHMET

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.
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.
regular meetings with supervisor as required

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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.(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 92560 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:

  • 91550 Master of Public Health (72 points)
  • 92550 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 which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-APPPH Applied Public Health
  • SP-PHFND Public Health Foundations
  • SP-PHMET Public Health Methodology

(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) A student who fails to make satisfactory progress for the first time is assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) A student who fails to make satisfactory progress 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.

Additional rules
Credit

13. 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]