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0046

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Course code0046
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMPH
CRICOS code021280B
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Multi-modal (Alfred Hospital)

This course is only available to international students in on-campus mode. All students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site study days.

Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/0046
Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email pgradenq@monash.edu or visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au/epidemiology/pgrad/

Course coordinator

Dr Helen Kelsall

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

This course, offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, provides the full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in the broad domain of public health. It also provides skills in the quantitative methods of the population-based health sciences and their problem-solving application for primary care provision within Australia and developing countries. Health specialisation streams are offered in clinical research methods, health economics, disease prevention and health promotion, health services management, international health, occupational and environmental health and research.

This course is flexible by design with units taught in on-campus, online or block mode and allows students to modify their specialisation during their studies.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that,through MPH core units of epidemiology, biostatistics and research methods and depending on the health specialisation stream and elective units undertaken, graduates will be able to:

  • apply public health related knowledge and skills to address a range of public health problems
  • apply epidemiological and biostatistical knowledge and skills in public health practice
  • apply research methods to a variety of public health problems
  • critically appraise quantitative papers published in the epidemiological and public health literature
  • discuss the historical,social and political context of public health in Australian society
  • describe the health care system in Australia
  • demonstrate an understanding of global public health issues
  • assess the influence of environmental and occupational factors on health
  • effectively communicate the risks to health of environmental factors
  • develop public health policy to reduce the impact of health problems within the community
  • design and manage health promotion strategies to reduce the impact of health problems in the community
  • develop planning strategies to reduce the impact of health problems in the community
  • conduct an evaluation of public health programs
  • describe and apply health economic principles and methods
  • develop and apply skills in a public health management and/or leadership role.

Assessment

Assessment includes web-based tasks, written exercises, assignments, examinations, presentations, class participation and supervised research projects (where relevant).

Structure

The course consists of three core units (12 points) and 54 points of elective units which can be completed in one of three ways:

  • with a general specialisation
  • with a research specialisation
  • with a designated specialisation involving core and/or elective units.

Requirements

Core units

All students must complete:

Specialisations

Clinical epidemiology and clinical research

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5236 Clinical trials
  • MPH5237 Clinical measurement
  • MPH5239 Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills
Electives

Select five from:

* Recommended elective units.

** Not offered in 2015.

*** Note: Prerequisites and corequisites required - see 'Research' specialisation.

Health economics

This specialisation is not available to international students.

Core units
  • ECC5970 Introduction to health economics
  • ECC5973 Economic evaluation in health care
  • ECC5974 Applied health economics and health policy
  • MPH5213 Research methods
Electives

Select six from:

* Recommended elective units.

Disease prevention and health promotion

Core units
  • HSC5002 Foundations of health promotion and program planning
  • HSC5022 Evaluating public health programs
  • MPH5207 Chronic disease: Epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5213 Research methods
Electives

Select six from:

* Recommended elective units.

** Note: Prerequisites and corequisites required - see 'Research' specialisation.

Health services management

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5266 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH5267 Principles of health care quality improvement
Electives

Select seven from:

* Recommended elective units.

International health

Core units
  • MPH5248 Primary health care and global health
  • MPH5249 Field methods for international health planning and evaluation
  • MPH5255 Health and human rights
  • MPH5023 Ethical issues in international health and research
Electives

Select six from:

* Not offered in 2015.

** Note: Prerequisites and corequisites required - see 'Research' specialisation.

Occupational and environmental health

Core units
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5203 Environmental influences on health
  • MPH5241 Introduction to occupational health and safety
Electives

Select seven of:

* Recommended elective units.

** Not offered in 2015.

*** Note: Prerequisites and corequisites required - see 'Research' specialisation.

General

Students must complete:

Research

The research project requires students to demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply public health theory, principles and practice, and research methods to a specific public health problem or issue. Consultation with the course project coordinator is required prior to enrolment into the research stream.

In order to be eligible to enrol in a minor or major project students must have achieved a Distinction (70-79 per cent) or High Distinction (minimum 80 per cent) in the following two prerequisite units:

It is also recommended that students have achieved the above results in at least one of the following:

  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5249 Field methods for international health planning and evaluation

Students who do not meet the above requirements may discuss their circumstances with the course project coordinator.

Core units

Students must complete:

  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MAP5000 Research in advanced health professional practice and MAP5001 Advanced health practice research project (10,000 - 15,000 words)
Electives

* Except for MPH5020 (Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics).

Areas of study

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete this course may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research including 3438 Master of Philosophy and 0047 Doctor of Philosophy, among others, if they completed one of the following:

  • a 12-point or 24-point research project and achieved a minimum Distinction (70 per cent) in MPH5040, MPH5041 and MPH5213
  • the clinical epidemiology and clinical research stream and achieved a minimum Distinction (70 per cent) average in the following five recommended electives: MPH5213 or MPH5249, MPH5236, MPH5207, MPH5202 and MPH5200.

Further information available on: http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/apply/eligibility/equivalence/index.htmlhttp://www.monash.edu.au/migr/apply/eligibility/equivalence/index.html (http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/apply/eligibility/equivalence/index.html)

Award(s)

Master of Public Health