Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

193004 v.5 Master of Science (Public Health)


Course CRICOS Code: 020886B
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


This course and research project provides the opportunity to further develop content knowledge in one or more fields of health and apply knowledge combined with research and analytical skills to a specific project of interest to a professional area of expertise. Students select the coursework component in consultation with their academic advisor in order to build a learning program that will enhance the research component.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Two methods are available for admission. Firstly, those with a bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline may enter in first year and continue onwards towards completion of the masters program at the conclusion of the fourth year. A second option isavailable for those with either an honours degree in an area related to public health or one of several postgraduate diplomas offered by the School. Degrees that are equivalent from other recognised tertiary education institutions are also accepted. There is a further requirement that applicants must demonstrate evidence of high performance combined with a background in research methodology. Where this latter requirement cannot be met, enrolment in additional units as bridging units may be required. Applicants with postgraduate or honours degrees in other areas may also apply, but may need to take some additional bridging units. Those in the second category may enter at the beginning of the third year and receive the appropriate recognition of prior learning towards the first two years.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is two years full-time or equivalent part-time study. The course is available by distance education mode and some units are now Internet-based.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1


Year 1 Semester 2


Year 2 Semester 1

13151 v.4 * Research Dissertation 600 16.0 50.0
13359 v.3 * Research Dissertation 601 16.0 50.0
13179 v.3 # Research Project 650 16.0 50.0

Year 2 Semester 2

# If this unit is selected an additional two full units, or equivalent, are undertaken in consultation with your Course Coordinator
* These two units must be undertaken together


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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