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  • Objectives
    The Doctor of Health is offered as an alternative to a PhD and provides an advanced degree through a combination of coursework and research. It is designed to build on knowledge and skills gained through professional experience and studies and provide advanced knowledge and specialist skills for practitioners and leaders in the public health and human services workforce. This course provides an opportunity for experienced middle and senior managers or clinicians to extend their training and will prepare students to take up senior roles in public health or a health-related human service area. The research component will be practice focused and conducted in a professional setting. The thesis should make a significant contribution to professional practice. The course will enable students to make an original, sustained contribution to knowledge in public health policy, management and practice and to develop an advanced understanding of the politics and ethics of public health policy, research and management. The course is offered through distance education and compulsory attendance at a residential is required each semester for the first 2 full-time years.
  • Entry requirements
    Successful completion of an honours degree or equivalent at 2B level or better; or a Masters degree in a health related discipline with a minimum of a credit average. All applicants must have at least three years working experience in a position of leadership in health or a health-related system. Additional Application Requirements All intending applicants must contact the Academic Administrator, Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Academic Title
    Doctor of Health (DHLTH)
  • Course description
    Course Structure

    This course consists of 120 credit points of coursework including core units, specialist research methods elective units and four electives prior to undertaking a research thesis of 120 credit points.

    All students must undertake the core units Foundation Studies and Critical Approaches to Public Health in the first year of full-time study.

    Students must complete the core units Thesis Preparation 1 & 2 in the second year of full time study before undertaking their research project.

    A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points as detailed below.

    Unit type    
    Credit Points
    Specific requirements
    Core Units
    (4 units)    

    Compulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below.

    PHM504 Foundation Studies (20 credit points)
    PHM505 Critical Approaches to Public Health (20 credit points)
    PHM506 Thesis Preparation 1: Literature Review
    PHM507 Thesis Preparation 2: Proposal and Ethics
    Specialist Elective
    (2 units)    

    Units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

    PHM552 Introduction to Epidemiology
    PHM553 Introduction to Biostatistics
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
    Research Project    
    Compulsory Research Thesis unit totalling 120 credit points:

    PHM599F Research Project (Full time) (40 credit points) x 3
    PHM599P Research Project (Part time) (20 credit points) x 6
    (4 units)    
    Units totalling 40 credit points selected from level 400-500 units offered by the University

    The following Public and Graduate Health units are included as suggested electives however electives may be selected from other disciplines if required:

    PHM516 Indigenous Health and Social Change
    PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
    PHM522 Applied Nutritional Epidemiology
    PHM530 Sociology and Health
    PHM536 Health Service Organisation, Management and Planning
    PHM550 Alcohol & Other Drug Issues Among Indigenous Australians
    PHM554 Health Economics
    PHM559 Health Policy
    PHM566 Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control
    PHM567 Introduction to Public Health
    PHM569 Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
    PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
    PHM592 International Health and the Global Economy
    PHM593 Tropical Child Health

    HEA441 Child and family health knowledge and practice 1
    HEA442 Child and family health knowledge and practice 2
    HEA443 Child and family health specialty clinical practice
    HEA444 Practice in Partnership
    HEA450 Clinical Specialisation 3

    SNP402 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
    HEA410 Clinical teaching and learning
    HEA411 Preceptoring and mentoring
    HEA430 Professional Assessment for Advanced Practice
    Total Credit Points

    Unit Repository – provides general information about each unit including a brief description and the semester and mode offered.
    Timetables – provide detail on the individual class times for units offered internally.  Timetables for the following academic year are available from the middle of December each year.
    Bookshop – if text books have been prescribed, recommended or ordered for units in this course, details are available by unit code through the Casuarina Campus Bookshop.

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