MPH5289 - Professional practice development - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Dragan Ilic


Professor Michael Ackland

Professor Flavia Cicuttini

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2018 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


MPH5040 and MPH5041


This unit will enable students to enhance and develop their skills in public health in the area of communication of information and project management.

This unit builds on the knowledge developed through the Master of Public Health (MPH) and will focus on development of skills needed to manage a career in public health.

It will focus on communication to different stakeholders and project management specific to public health. Both these areas having been identified by employers as important workplace skills.

The unit will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to effectively manage projects and effectively communicate with stakeholders using different media.

Students will also develop the capacity to develop a professional development plan to support life long learning.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Synthesise and communicate technical information in a plain language summary format
  2. Work effectively with a team to deliver a project
  3. Design a project management implementation strategy
  4. Create a comprehensive communication strategy that targets the relevant stakeholders
  5. Implement good practice to effectively manage project processes.


  • Plain language summary and an official brief for a public health intervention (to be provided) (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Group presentation (15 minutes) (15%)
  • Moderated discussion forum (15%)
  • Written implementation and communication strategy of a public health intervention (3,000 words) (50%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

The total workload requirement for this unit is 12 hours of work per week.

This incorporates 15 contact hours over 2 days + Off-Campus learning (OCL) (including private study and written reflections on professional practice issues through an online forum as formative tasks).

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