1. About the Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health will equip health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds with the knowledge and skills to address public health challenges. Students gain understanding of current global and environmental health issues, health policy, systems and economics, along with social, behavioural and cultural determinants of health.

Students are trained in skills such as planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, health promotion and disease prevention strategies, advocacy, leadership and management, statistics and epidemiology and analytical and communication skills.

This course also allows you to enter or exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Public Health.

Key study outcomes

  • Develop and manage effective public health policy at all levels of society
  • Understand the key determinants in disease control and prevention
  • Develop skills in health surveillance and epidemiology

Graduate employment opportunities

Graduates may find a range of career pathways and employment opportunities including:

  • Health Policy Adviser, Health Promotion Officer, Project Officer/Manager, Community development worker or Research Officer.
  • Policy, program & project jobs – Local, State and Federal Government (graduate schemes, primary health care)
  • Health promotion jobs – Government & non–government organisations (NGOs) (e.g. Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, ShineSA, Mental health and disability NGOs)
  • Health service administration jobs – In Government, NGOs and private organisations e.g. health insurance organisations
  • Development-focused jobs – For Government (AusAid) and NGOs such as CareAustralia, AUSAid.
  • Disease surveillance and research jobs – Government: State and Federal

Course Overview

Course Title Master of Public Health (MPH)
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time

Part-time

Dynamic Online study

Study Options – International students International students on a student visa must not enrol into any more than a third or 33% of online subjects over their course and must study at least one subject that is face to face in each trimester.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time, i.e. the student must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year.

Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website.

Course Length Full-time: 1.5 years

Accelerated: 1 year

Part-time: options available.

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each semester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each semester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week for subjects over 12-week trimesters Assessment  Assessments vary and include: critical analysis and essay writing, literature reviews, needs assessment, project development and evaluation, in-class debates, participation in online discussion forums, short questions, and research projects.
Locations Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Online Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course Code 097404M
Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Limited ABN 99 154 937 005,
CRICOS Provider Code: 097404M.
RTO No. 41343
Course Fees For details, refer to the website. Any other fees For details, refer to the website.
  1. Essential requirements for admission

The general admission criteria that apply to Torrens University Australia courses can be located by visiting the Torrens University Australia website – /general-admission-information-for-torrens-university-australia-ltd.

  1. Admission Criteria
Title of course of study Master of Public Health
Academic Entry Requirements ·         Completed qualification at AQF level 7 (bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University or an equivalent overseas higher education qualification
Applicants with work and life experience Applicants without formal qualifications at AQF7 or above may be considered for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Public Health on the basis of a combination of formal (below AQF7) or non-formal qualifications and seven years of relevant experience in a health professional role. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate will allow automatic entry to the Graduate Diploma or Master of Public Health with 100% credit
English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

·         Equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 6.0


Other admission options

 

Special Entry Not applicable
  1. How to apply

Via direct application to the institution

  1. Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy – (/policies-and-forms).

  • Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits

  1. Where to get further information
  1. Additional Information

Course Structure

This course consist of 12 subjects, 11 are core, and one elective subject.  A year consists of three study periods called trimesters, each with a duration of 12 weeks.

The Master of Public Health would normally be undertaken, over 1.5 years or 5 trimesters. In part-time mode, the course might be undertaken over approximately 3 years.

Please note, some subjects have required prerequisites.

The course structure can be viewed or downloaded from the Student Hub webpage.

https://studenthub.torrens.edu.au/Hub/health

Course Rules

To graduate with this qualification, a student must satisfactorily complete 110 credit points (11 subjects x 10 credit points) and one elective of 10 credit points for a combined course total of 120 credit points

Subjects

Subject Descriptions
PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health – Core

Students in this course explore the field and practice of public health. They learn to identify and analyse major social, behavioural, and cultural factors that affect population health outcomes, including social determinants of health (e.g. gender, socio-economic status and social capital), community capacity, resilience, age, race/ethnicity, the environment, and behavioural risks. Students consider medical, social and behavioural approaches to health promotion and public health interventions. Students also examine current and emerging theoretical and conceptual frameworks from the social behavioural and medical sciences. They apply these frameworks and other theories presented in the course to intervention strategies or program initiatives that address current public health priorities.

PUBH6001 Health Policy and Advocacy- Core

Policy agenda setting, implementation and evaluation are crucial to the improvement of the health of populations. Policy making is not a straightforward process. Political ideologies and values, as well as power, coalition building, and the media play key roles in what becomes public policy. In this course, students will learn about policy agenda setting, development, implementation and evaluation, as well as critical perspectives of policy making. They will be introduced to theories of policy makipng and apply knowledge of the policy process to a public health problem. Students will analyse and critique issues in contemporary Australian health policy and the various stakeholders and partnerships formed in the policy process. They will examine the role of evidence and advocacy in policy agenda setting. Students will also learn about a range of advocacy strategies including media advocacy and community empowerment strategies for the development and implementation of policy.

Prerequisite:  PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

PUBH6002 Global and Environmental Health Issues – Core

This subject provides an overview of global and environmental factors that affect the health and safety of communities from the global to the local scale. It considers the ways in which globalisation has affected the social, economic and political determinants of health, including trends in communicable and non-communicable diseases at a global level, and the relationships between foreign policy, trade, security and development. The relationship between issues such as global health and foreign policy, trade, security and development are explored along with global health governance and financing mechanisms. Students also examine causal links between chemical, physical, and biological hazards in the environment and their impact on health, and the genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial factors that influence environmentally compromised health outcomes. This is applied to current solutions and considers new ways to address environmental threats, such as waste, water, air, vectors and global warming. Work health safety and environmental influences in the workplace and home are also explored.

Prerequisite:  PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

PUBH6003 Health Systems and Economics – Core

This course explores the organisation of health systems, the financial and other resourcing requirements for planning and delivering effective public health programs, strategies and interventions, and the development and application of effective policies across a range of sectors that affect the health of populations. It introduces the discipline of economics as it applies to public health. Topics covered include health systems thinking and frameworks; the role of government in prevention and health promotion; models and debates regarding public health funding and investment; demand for public health programs; implications for equity, delivery, governance of public health programs and services; and economic analyses applied to public health systems and activities. Students consider current issues such as estimating expenditure on public health, “best buys” in public health, and the role of economic tools such as price subsidisation and commodity taxation in public health.

Prerequisite:  PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

STAT6000 Statistics for Public Health – Core

Students in this course address the application and interpretation of biostatistics in public health research and practice, including descriptive methodologies, statistical inference and probability, analysis of variance, and simple linear regression. Students are introduced to a statistical computer package such as SPSS and apply the statistical capacity of Excel.

Prerequisites:  

PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

PUBH6005 Epidemiology

PUBH6004 Leadership and Effecting Change in Public Health– Core

Public health leadership is more than a hierarchical position of power, it is the ability to advance public health goals and promote the well-being of communities. Leaders effect change within diverse teams, organisations, communities, professional disciplines and sectors. They influence policy and legislation through a range of strategies including advocacy and collaboration. Students will explore the differences between management and leadership and what makes an effective leader. Students will reflect upon their own values and experiences of leadership and analyse these in terms of seminal and contemporary theories. They explore leadership, power, ethics and values, accountability, effective governance, and the application of principles of social justice implicit in public health decisions and practice.

Prerequisite:  PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

PUBH6005 Epidemiology – Core

Epidemiology is the study of patterns of health, ill-health, and factors that affect health in populations.  It focuses on the incidence, prevalence, distribution, impact, and determinants of disease, injury, and disability.  Traditionally, epidemiology focused largely on infectious diseases, often using epidemiological methods to determine the causes and sources of outbreaks of diseases. However, it has increasingly broadened to include all health and disease states and both risk factors and protective factors.  Epidemiological methods are also used to assess the health status and trends of populations, to determine priorities, and to implement and evaluate programs designed to improve health. Students in this course examine concepts including incidence, prevalence, and causation. They also learn about the role of epidemiology in prevention and screening, as well as its role in disease surveillance and response. Students identify key sources of data and learn how to use basic epidemiological measures and draw appropriate inferences. Through this course, students gain a deeper understanding of the strengths, limitations and appropriate uses of various research designs and methodologies in health research. They will learn to assess levels of evidence to make recommendations for evidence based policy. Students will develop an appreciation of the role and potential of epidemiology in public health research, policy and advocacy.

Prerequisite:  PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

PUBH6006 Community Health and Disease Prevention – Core

This course focuses on community health and on the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of disease prevention, covering a range of contemporary topics impacting communities. The course examines models and approaches for health promotion, the prevention of disease and disease surveillance. Students explore a range of strategies for promoting health and of building capacity when working with diverse communities. Students will learn about community empowerment, the settings approach to health promotion, mental health promotion, health literacy, social marketing, screening and surveillance, injury prevention, disability and chronic disease management, including in Indigenous Australian populations. The course will extend to an understanding of strategies to prepare for and respond to health emergency and crisis situations.

Prerequisite:  PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

PUBH6007 Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation – Core

This course focuses on the competencies required of the public health professional in planning for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of community health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.  Attention is given to needs assessment, the role of program theory in the planning and implementation of programs and how to write a program and evaluation plan.  Implementation of programs including stakeholder engagement and program management processes is also explored.  Students learn about evaluation of programs, including process, impact and outcome evaluation, along with the principles and resources required to make evaluation successful.  Reporting and dissemination of evaluation findings are also discussed.

Prerequisite:  PUBH6000 Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health

PUBH 6008 Capstone Part A: Applied Research Project in Public Health – Core

The capstone experience is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of theory, concepts and practices presented throughout the Master of Public Health program. In this course, students prepare for the development of an applied research project in one of three key areas:

• Small qualitative or quantitative applied research project

• Literature review, consultation and policy recommendations project

• Action research project based on development of current practice

This preparation will depend on the type of project undertaken, and may entail development of knowledge of a particular research method (e.g. action research), theory/frameworks and/or the commencement of a literature review. Students will engage in peer discussions throughout the course in order to develop their projects.

Prerequisites:  

All core MPH subjects including STAT6000 Statistics for Public Health, if students intend to do a quantitative research project. In addition, the elective PUBH6013 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health, if students intend to do a qualitative research project.

PUBH 6012 Capstone Part B: Applied Research Project in Public Health – Core

The capstone experience is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of principles, content and content presented throughout the Master of Public Health program.

In this course, students conduct an applied research project in one of three key areas:

• Small qualitative or quantitative applied research project

• Literature review, consultation and policy recommendations project

• Action research project based on development of current practice

Students will engage in peer discussions throughout the course in order to develop their projects. This course will result in a substantive research report informed by current literature.

Prerequisites: All core MPH courses. PUBH Capstone A must be taken prior to PUBH6012 Capstone B.

PUBH6013 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health – Elective

In this course, students develop core knowledge and skills for designing qualitative research in public health, including collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting qualitative data. Topics include exploration of the nature of qualitative inquiry; broad theoretical approaches in qualitative research, research methods (ethnography, observation, case studies, focus groups, interviews, participatory action research); research design issues (sampling, ethical considerations, quality and rigour); and ethical issues in public health qualitative research. Students will also learn about the use of software to code data.

STAT6001 Public Health Informatics – Elective

In this course, students examine the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to improve population health. Students consider the ways in which ICT is applied for health promotion, disease prevention, the coordination of care and monitoring population health. Students are introduced to competencies for working in Health Informatics and the use of ICT for health, workforce training and development. Students are familiarised with global trends in ICT innovations, including m-health and e-health. In addition, legal and ethical issues and strategies for managing privacy and security of patient data are explored.

Locations

The Master of Public Health can be studied fully online or at the below Torrens University Campuses:

  • South Australia (Adelaide)
  • Queensland (Brisbane)
  • Victoria (Melbourne)
  • New South Wales (Sydney)

Campus Facilities and Services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses,

your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus

  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, fridge and kitchenette facilities
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.
  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, andtechnology skills, both on campus and online
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

A positive student experience

Torrens University Australia values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be accessed from the website (/policies-and-forms).

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  • Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each semester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or direct transfer.

  • FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($45, 881 in 2019-20). Just like with any other debt,
a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.