Graduate Diploma in Public Health (M6O)

Overview  2019

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Part time only
Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1

Full Fee Paying places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This program introduces and consolidates fundamental principles of public health in Australia and globally. It encourages students to think broadly about the factors that affect health and wellbeing including social, environmental, cultural, economic, political and structural issues. It aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to address challenges to public health through effective public health practice that is collaborative and multidisciplinary. The public health graduate program has been developed in close collaboration with industry. This ensures that teaching is linked closely into current policy and practice and builds on the networks that are essential to effective public health practice. This program is relevant to those who work within public health as well as those wanting to move into the field of public health. The Master of Public Health comprises coursework and research and involves specialisation into one of four streams which are Epidemiology, Environment, Disease and Food, Health Services and Remote and Polar Health.
The course is able to be completed entirely via distance study methods but can be supported with optional mixed method delivery in some components of study at Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Roselle campuses particularly through shortcourse intensives.
  1. To provide specialist education in public health, which comprises a core set of skills and competencies and is supplemented by an option of more specialised areas of interest, which may include epidemiological, environmental, health services, and remote and polar.
  2. To provide specialist education in the six areas of practice outlined in the Foundation Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates in Australia. They are: health monitoring and surveillance, disease prevention and control, health protection, health promotion, health policy planning and management and evidence based professional population health practice.
  3. To support the student to develop as a reflective practitioner of public health who is able to engage objectively with public health issues either as individually or as a group member.
  4. To facilitate a student-centered approach designed to encourage a breadth of knowledge, depth of understanding, application of skills, synthesis of approaches and originality of ideas within the discipline of public health.
  5. To challenge traditional concepts of health and encourage the student to think broadly and laterally about the social, economic, cultural and environmental determinants of health and inequalities and inequities in health at a population level.
  6. To encourage students to appreciate the complexities of health at a population level and to draw on a broad knowledge and understanding when developing or contributing to health policy or strategy. To emphasise that improvements in health occur through effective partnership with communities, government, industry, education, health professionals and non-government organisations and highlight the importance and value of a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to health improvement.
  7. To encourage an understanding of the fundamental importance of ethics in public health practice.

Career outcomes

The Masters of Public Health will strengthen the careers of health professionals in the discipline ofpublic health and offer other graduates the opportunity to pursue a career in public health.

Course structure

Year 1

This unit introduces the scope of public health practice in the 21st century and the social, political and economic context within which public health practitioners operate. The unit combines theoretical and practical material to assist students to understand the social…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the principles, theories and practice of epidemiology. Students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the collection and interpretation of epidemiological data within the framework of health. The unit content covers the broad areas of disease distribution,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Systems thinking is an approach to public health that allows us to understand and manage complex problems. The purpose of this unit is to introduce key systems thinking concepts and practical methods to address complexity to improve the health of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

And one  unit from the following list

This unit provides an overview of the Australian health system and the structure and organisation of global health institutions. On completion, participants should have (i) a sound appreciation of the complexities of Australian and international Healthcare Agreements and other funding…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the theories behind, and practical application of needs assessment and evaluation of health programs. Students will be required to demonstrate the application of needs assessment and evaluation through assessment tasks…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to the Remote and Polar Stream. It starts by considering the characteristics of different types of remote populations and remote medical practice, the understanding of which is vital to providing appropriate health care. It continues…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CAM503 is a prerequisite for the Remote and Polar Health pathway

Year 2

The aims of this unit are: to introduce fundamental concepts of biostatistics and provide a background in descriptive and analytical methods that are used to estimate association between variables. This unit covers statistical theory, data entry and manipulation methods, data…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds upon the courses CAM528 'Introduction to Epidemiology' and CAM625 'Introduction to Biostatistics'. It will consolidate and expand the knowledge on epidemiology and teach biostatistics in an applied manner. The goal is to introduce the realities of data…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Life course epidemiology explores the long term influences on health of exposures occurring earlier in life, for example during gestation, infancy, childhood or earlier in adulthood. This unit examines the principles, theories and practice of this important field of epidemiology,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the theories behind, and practical application of needs assessment and evaluation of health programs. Students will be required to demonstrate the application of needs assessment and evaluation through assessment tasks…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

or

This unit aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. It will familiarise participants with the application of economic theory to health and health care issues, and review and analyse policy and practice…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

is unit provides a framework for effective leadership and supervision - supervision in context, direct supervision, constructive feedback, dimensions of supervision, quality of the supervisory relationship and training for supervisors. On completion, participants should have a better understanding of helpful…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a framework for understanding the links between knowledge and practice. It is also designed to encourage the development of the capacity of health service leaders to identify and evaluate emerging knowledge relevant to their practice, and to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Health LEADS Australia is a nationally-agreed leadership framework for health and human services. It is used as an organising concept within this unit to assist students to engage with and understand a broad range of contemporary leadership theories.Students will develop…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the theories behind, and practical application of needs assessment and evaluation of health programs. Students will be required to demonstrate the application of needs assessment and evaluation through assessment tasks…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. It will familiarise participants with the application of economic theory to health and health care issues, and review and analyse policy and practice…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the nature of change within the broader environmental and organisational context. It will include exploration of current theories and research around issues relating to leading and managing change as well as diffusion of innovation. Strategies for successful…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the theories behind, and practical application of needs assessment and evaluation of health programs. Students will be required to demonstrate the application of needs assessment and evaluation through assessment tasks…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

or

This unit aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. It will familiarise participants with the application of economic theory to health and health care issues, and review and analyse policy and practice…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide a broad understanding of current environmental health concepts. Students undertaking this course will gain insight into how our health is influenced by our environments and ecology, and the likely impacts of climate change and benefits of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Food safety management, particularly for microbial hazards, is undergoing revolutionary change internationally. Essentially, a more holistic approach is being advocated that relies on analysis and synthesis of knowledge and data from several scientific disciplines. The approach is termed 'risk analysis’.This…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores communicable diseases of humans from an epidemiological perspective. It provides an introductory overview of the basic biological knowledge needed to understand the interactions within and between populations of microbes, human and other animals. Students will learn to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is concerned with the practice of health-care in extreme environments. It starts with generic considerations before moving on to examine the following extreme environments in detail: cold, high altitude, desert, maritime, underwater, aviation, and space. The challenges of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Explores the changes occurring in the structure and delivery of health services as a result of technologies such as the Internet and telehealth. The unit considers the impact of such technology on consumers, communities, health professionals and health services.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Extreme environments are so named due to the unique challenges they pose to human performance compared to more routine environments. This 13-week online unit provides an introduction to factors influencing human performance in extreme environments including Polar Regions, Outer Space,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to complement the theoretical on-line units in the Remote and Polar Stream by providing the opportunity to gain a suite of practical and procedural skills that are essential for remote health care but difficult to obtain…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an intensive, residential course providing practical skills development to support the on-line units in the Remote and Polar Health Stream. The course commences with a focus on basic knowledge and skills in the following domains: expedition preparation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Standard Entry requires an undergraduate degree from an Australian higher education institution or the equivalent standard in any other institution.  This includes a process to assess the equivalency of qualifications received from overseas institutions as approved by the Course Coordinator.

Alternative Entry

Where standard entry is not able to be met the following criteria for alternative entry will be considered by the relevant Course Coordinator -

  1. Five years of relevant work experience (Specific occupations, workplace settings and industries are more relevant for specific courses and will receive greater weighting in consideration) demonstrating the relevance of the course;
  2. A record of high achievement in any other qualifications or uncompleted undergraduate qualifications such as Distinction average; and
  3. An assessment of the prospective student's capacity to successfully undertake postgraduate study including reading, writing, analysis and research.

Applicants may be required to undertake an interview with the relevant Course Coordinator in person or via phone call or Skype.

Outcomes from the assessment may include:

  1. Rejection of application due to failure to demonstrate compliance with criteria.
  2. Standard Admission to course.
  3. Provisional Admission to course with specified requirements ( pathways and additional support)
  4. Delayed Admission to course subject to completion of UTAS student preparation program or other prescribed activities.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Applicants are required to have completed a relevant undergraduate degree as determined by the Course Coordinator from an approved tertiary institution.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Master of Public Health

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 8676 7017
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online
Online enquiries

Next steps