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  • Objectives
    The Professional Doctorate in Public Health provides an advanced degree through a combination of coursework and research and 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. It is offered as an alternative to a PhD. This course provides an opportunity for experienced middle managers to extend their training and will prepare students to take up senior management roles in public health or a health-related human service area. The research component will be practice focused and in most instances 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 on-line through distance education and compulsory attendance at a residential is required each semester for the first two years of full-time study.
  • Entry requirements
    This course is no longer available for admission. It is only open to existing students who have already been offered a place and completed one or more units of study. An honours degree or equivalent at 2A level or better; plus at least five years working experience in public health or a health-related human services area and hold or have held a position of leadership at middle management level in public health or a senior support position in a health related human service organisation; plus can demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment and innovation in their field. Additional Application Requirements All intending applicants must contact the Academic Administrator, Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Academic Title
    Doctorate in Public Health (DPHLTH)
  • Course description
    Course Structure

    The first full-time year comprises core and specialist elective units selected from the Menzies School of Health Research coursework units and is equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

    In the second full time year students enrol in coursework units in the Doctor of Public Health program through the Flinders University of South Australia (FUSA), returning to Charles Darwin University/Menzies School of Health Research in the third (research) year. Note that students may not enrol through FUSA in Semester 2.

    All coursework units have a compulsory residential requirement of one week in each semester for the first two years of full time study. The residential attendance will be in Darwin in the first year and in Adelaide in the second year.

    The information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course in 2007, 2008 or 2009 may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for 2009.

    Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs.

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

    Unit type    
    Credit Points
    Specific requirements
    (6 units)   
    Compulsory Core units totalling 110 credit points

    Compulsory core units totalling 30 credit points as listed below:

    PHM567 Introduction to Public Health
    PHM530 Sociology and Health
    PHM552 ntroduction to Epidemiology

    Doctorate level coursework at Flinders University of South Australia. Compulsory core units totalling the equivalent of 80 credit points (1 EFTSU) as listed below:

    PHCA9200 Public Health Studies (full-year 40 credit points)
    PHCA9201 Public Health Organisation (1st semester 20 credit points)
    PHCA9202 Public Health Research Studies (2nd semester 20 credit points)

    Further information on Flinders University units is available at http://www.flinders.edu.au/calendar/vol2/pg/DrPubH.htm
    (5 units)    
    Specialist Elective units totalling 50 credit points selectected from the list of available units detailed below:

    Units totalling 10 credit points selected from the following:

    PHM553 Introduction to Biostatistics OR
    PHM588 Quantitative Methods

    Units tolalling 20 credit points selected from the following:

    PHM553 Introduction to Biostatistics
    PHM588 Quantitative Methods
    PHM522 Applied Nutritional Epidemiology
    PHM550 Alcohol & Other Drug Issues Among Indigenous Australians
    PHM560 Applied Biostatistics with Stata (no longer available)
    PHM566 Chronic Diesease Epidemiology and Control
    PHM569 Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
    PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease

    Units totalling 20 credit points selected from the following:

    PHM553 Introduction to Biostatistics
    PHM536 Health Service Organisation, Management and Planning
    PHM516 Indigenous Health and Social Change
    PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
    PHM554 Health Economics
    PHM559 Health Policy
    PHM588 Quantitative Methods
    PHM592 International Health and the Global Economy
    PHM593 Tropical Child Health
    Research Project        Units totalling 80 credit points:

    Full-time students
    PHM599F Research Project #40 x 2
    Part-time students
    PHM599P Research Project #20 x 4

    Note: PHM599F and PHM599P are administrative unit codes to manage FT and PT student enrolments in the Research Project. Students enrol in the same unit code in the follow on teaching periods.
    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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