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  • Objectives
    The Master of Public Health aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate into their own workplaces the public health principles, values and practices that reduce inequities in health care access and health outcomes and improve population health status.In the Master of Public Health program, students will develop a range of advanced analytical, organisation and communication skills including increased capacity to understand and act on the following areas: * the social determinants of health and well-being; * principles for an equitable provision of health care; * models of health, health promotion and health care services; * research and evaluation to plan more effective health policies and programs; * ways to improve the conditions that determine health; and * working as an effective member of a team.Learning outcomesAt completion of the course it is expected that graduates will have the ability to: * analyse theoretical concepts relevant to the determinants of health and well-being; * critique evidence relevant to public health, including literature from social, economic, environmental and political dimensions; * apply models of effective practice to a range of real world and workplace problems; * demonstrate proficiency in developing, planning, managing and evaluating primary health care and public health approaches to health problems; * demonstrate an understanding of the use of research methods relevant to primary health care and public health; * present and communicate knowledge and concepts of primary health care and public health; and * have an appreciation of the benefits of multi-disciplinary approaches in health and human services to promoting and improving health.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally: * hold a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma offered by the Department of Public Health; or * hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have not less than two years' approved work experience in public health or a related area; or * hold qualifications deemed equivalent by the Faculty Board and have not less than two years' approved work experience in public health or a related area.The Faculty Board may reserve up to 20% of places for candidates without any of the above qualifications but who are deemed suitable for admission on the basis of experience and/or contribution to the field.Candidates are required to provide a short statement outlining their work experience and reasons for undertaking the course.CREDIT TRANSFER / ARTICULATIONStudents who have completed a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma offered by the Department of Public Health or other qualification deemed equivalent will receive credit. At the discretion of the Course Coordinator, credit may also be given to students who have completed a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related field from another university.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Public Health
  • Course description
    The Master of Public Health is a 54-unit coursework program which is offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    The course articulates with the Graduate Certificates offered within the Department of Public Health and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards.

    Students who hold the graduate certificate or graduate diploma receive credit for topics already taken.

    The course comprises five streams:

        * Stream A - Primary Health Care
        * Stream B - Public Health
        * Stream C - Public Health Research
        * Stream D - Health Service Management
        * Stream E - Public Health Nutrition


    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [February, 2009]

    To qualify for the Master of Public Health, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board, the program must be completed full-time within four consecutive semesters or part-time within ten consecutive semesters. A lesser period may be set for students granted credit for previous studies.

    STREAM A - PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

    Students must study the following core topics:

    PHCA8001
        

    Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
        

    6

    PHCA8007
        

    Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
        

    6

    PHCA8008
        

    Public Health: Frameworks for Change
        

    6

    PHCA8918
        

    Health Promotion: Integrating into Practice
        

    6

    PHCA8924
        

    Public Health: Practice Development
        

    12

    PHCA8925
        

    Leadership and the New Public Health
        

    6

        

    Plus 2 electives
        

    12

    STREAM B - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Students must study the following core topics:

    PHCA8001
        

    Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
        

    6

    PHCA8007
        

    Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
        

    6

    PHCA8008
        

    Public Health: Frameworks for Change
        

    6

    PHCA8924
        

    Public Health: Practice Development
        

    12

    PHCA8927
        

    Social Statistics for Public Health
        

    6

        

    Plus 3 electives
        

    18

    STREAM C - PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
    Students must study the following core topics:

    PHCA8001
        

    Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
        

    6

    PHCA8007
        

    Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
        

    6

    PHCA8008
        

    Public Health: Frameworks for Change
        

    6

    PHCA8927
        

    Social Statistics for Public Health, OR
        

    6

    PHCA8006
        

    Qualitative Research Methods
        

    6

    PHCA8928
        

    Public Health Research Dissertation
        

    18

        

    Plus 2 electives
        

    12

    STREAM D - HEALTH SERVICE MANAGEMENT

    Students must study the following core topics:

    HSMT9010
        

    Health Services Law
        

    6

    HSMT9012
        

    Managing People and Organisations in Health and Aged Care
        

    6

    HSMT9013
        

    Health Care Financial Management
        

    6

    PHCA8001
        

    Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
        

    6

    PHCA8007
        

    Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
        

    6

    PHCA8924
        

    Public Health: Practice Development
        

    12

        

    Plus 2 electives
        

    12

    STREAM E - PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
    Students must study the following core topics:

    NUTD9124
        

    Public Health Nutrition
        

    6

    PHCA8001
        

    Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing
        

    6

    PHCA8007
        

    Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
        

    6

    PHCA8008
        

    Public Health: Frameworks for Change
        

    6

    PHCA8919
        

    Food Policy for Public Health Practice
        

    6

    PHCA8924
        

    Public Health: Practice Development
        

    12

        

    Plus 2 electives
        

    12

    ELECTIVE TOPICS FOR FIVE STREAMS IN MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
    PHCA8005
        

    Designing Questionnaires and Surveys
        

    6

    PHCA8006
        

    Qualitative Research Methods
        

    6

    PHCA8313
        

    Social Determinants of Indigenous Health
        

    6

    PHCA8904
        

    Primary Health Care in Developing Countries
        

    6

    PHCA8917
        

    Evaluation in Public Health
        

    6

    PHCA8919
        

    Food Policy for Public Health Practice
        

    6

    PHCA8922
        

    Childhood and Public Health
        

    6

    PHCA8929
        

    International Health Program Design
        

    6

        STUDENTS CAN ALSO TAKE AS ELECTIVES THOSE TOPICS THAT ARE CORE IN OTHER STUDY STREAMS OR, WITH PERMISSION, TOPICS FROM ANOTHER COURSE AT FLINDERS OR ANOTHER UNIVERSITY.

        THE AWARD OF GRADE OF FAIL (F) IN THE SAME TOPIC ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION MAY CONSTITUTE PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE UNIVERSITY POLICY ON STUDENT PROGRESS.

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