Master of Public Health (International Health Specialisation)

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  • Objectives
    The international health specialisation places particular emphasis on health in resource poor settings. Students will gain skills in needs assessment, in program planning, implementation and evaluation and application of these in international settings. Based on a research project in international health, students will gain an understanding of the global issues which impact on the health of income poor populations. There may be opportunities to do this research in an international setting. The specialisation is suitable for people who are currently working in international health, students from income poor countries and those interested in gaining qualifications that will enable them to develop and implement best practice responses to global health issues. It will assist people planning for employment with international aid/development agencies and NGOs.
  • Academic title
    Master of Public Health (International Health Specialisation)
  • Course description
    Core Subjects
    The following are the core requirements for this specialisation. Students must enrol in:

    505-501 and 505-102 (Consortium subjects)
    505-100 (Recommended Consortium subject)
    505-903 (Research project)

    And choose a minimum of one other appropriate Consortium subject.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    505-101  Statistics
    This unit aims to introduce students to basic statistical concepts and methods.     Semester 1     12.50

    505-102  Epidemiology
    The aim of this unit is to provide students with basic quantitative skills necessary for the practice of general public health and to enable students to critically evaluate the published epidemiological literature. The unit provides an introduction t...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-100  Health Economics & Program Evaluation
    This subject provides an introduction to the disciplines of health economics and program evaluation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the contribution that health economics and program evaluation make to the pra...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-903  Research Project in International Health
    To develop and address a research question in an area of International Public Health which can be answered by a critical review of the published and unpublished literature, by the analysis of an existing data set or the development of a research prot...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    Group 1 Electives

    A minimum of four subjects from the following list (other subjects may be undertaken however you are recommended to discuss your subject choices with the specialization coordinator).


        * Students cannot enroll in both 505-963 and 505-957
        * It is strongly recommended that students enrol in 505-957 and either 509-001 or 505-958 prior to commencing 505-903 Research Project in International Health

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    509-001  Global Health Research and Practice
    This subject provides a comprehensive overview of applied research methods in global health, with a focus on developing country settings. Students will cover topics including: understanding research within the constraints of developing countries; ide...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-901  International Adolescent Health     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    509-002  HIV and AIDS: An Evolving Global Response
    The HIV and AIDS pandemic stands as one of the most devastating in recorded history, with the majority of its burden falling on developing nations and vulnerable people. The nature of the virus and its routes of human transmission present unique cha...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-929  Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    The epidemiology of infectious diseases differs from chronic disease - cases may be the source of infection for further cases, immunity is an important factor in disease transmission and control, and there is often the need for urgency in the detecti...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-958  Field Methods for Health Management
    This subject will cover: rapid appraisal of community health needs; population surveys; survey sampling methods; program monitoring; using health data for decision making; participatory evaluation of health programs; and applied health research. At t...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    505-957  Primary Hlth Care in Develop. Countries
    This subject will cover the principles and practice of primary health care (PHC) in resource-poor settings, including: history, principles and key elements of PHC developmental contexts, community health workers and local health systems, PHC approach...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    505-532  Sexually Transmissible Infections
    Topic-based seminar class on the common presentations of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), and the principles of diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmissible infections. Teaching will be given on the need for confidentiality and partner ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    505-963  Primary Health Care, Jamkhed, India
    This subject will provide students with the opportunity to learn about primary health care within the context of a primary health program in a low income setting in India. Students will learn about the principles of health policy development and prog...     Semester 2     12.50

    509-003  Public Health Leadership
    This subject introduces students to the real world of public health. It provides an understanding of the world in which health/ill health is created; an understanding of how power works, how decisions are made and how resources are allocated; an und...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-902  Disability in Developing Countries
    This subject is an introduction to the issues and paradigms which influence and shape development responses to disability in low-income settings. Using examples of disability-inclusive development practices from around the world, students will gain a...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-961  Drugs and Society: a global perspective
    The subject will cover the following topics: definitions and categories of drugs; historical perspective on drugs and drug use; sources, characteristics, routes of administration and effects of key licit and illicit drugs; drugs as a development chal...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-960  Harm Reduction - HIV in Drug Users
    The course will cover the following topics: overview of illicit drugs and their effects; approaches to illicit drug problems: supply, demand and harm reduction; harm reduction overview; needle and syringe programs; peer education; drug substitution t...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-900  International Child Health
    This subject provides an overview and practical guidelines to address international child health issues, including acute respiratory illness, diarrhoea diseases, peri natal conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and communicable diseases. These issues...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-525  Women and Global Health
    Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalizati...     Semester 2     12.50

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