Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

198702 v.4 Doctor of Public Health


Course CRICOS Code: 018018J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


This research-based higher doctorate provides a broad common conceptual and research foundation with an opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in a defined area of public health. Individuals are prepared to assume leadership positions in the field of professional public health practice, teaching and research.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

The most common background will be a Bachelor of Science (Honours), or Masters degree (MSc, MPH) usually with several years of experience in Public Health. Based on the premise that a student must have at least seven years of study and work experience inthe field of Public Health for entry to the Doctor of Public Health a student shall have: A) Master of Science or Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health or another equivalent master degree, together with at least two years of relevant work experience in public health OR B) relevant honours degree (normally first or upper second class), together with at least three years of relevant work experience in Public Health, OR C) superior performance in a School of Public Health Postgraduate Diploma, equivalent to a first class honours degree (CWA >70 per cent) as well as three years of relevant work experience in Public Health, OR D) other qualifications and background which warrant special consideration by the Head of School of Public Health and the Divisional Graduate Studies Committee. The University's regulations for Doctoral Degrees apply.

Duration and Availability

This research course is three years equivalent full-time study. This course is available by distance and some units are available online. Prior to commencement of their thesis, students should have completed most of the coursework component and have submitted their proposal to gain candidacy.

Course Organisation

This course is studied as a research degree. This means that at least two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and the remainder by coursework. The content of the degree should be determined in consultation with the Postgraduate Coordinator, School of Public Health. Students without prior studies in research methods and statistical data analysis will be required to undertake relevant preparatory units. This will increase the stated course duration.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Special Note

The Division of Health Sciences provides facilities and benefits for those studying this research course, including access to suitable computer facilities, office space for on-campus students and financial assistance to attend appropriate intrastate,interstate or overseas conferences and towards associated research costs.

Course Structure



Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

99172 v.2   Doctoral Thesis - Public Health
  SELECT 6 OPTIONS   150.0
Optional units (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
4858 v.7   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 684 4.0 25.0
10658 v.5   Control of Infectious Disease 682 3.0 25.0
11546 v.2   Environmental and Occupational Health 782 3.0 25.0
11547 v.3   Epidemiology 781 3.0 25.0
11548 v.2   Health Policy and Management 782 3.0 25.0
11549 v.4   Health Promotion Planning 781 3.0 25.0
11550 v.3   Principles and Practice of Public Health 781 3.0 25.0
11552 v.5   Special Topics in Public Health 781 3.0 25.0
13150 v.4   Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 681 4.0 25.0
13554 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 782 4.0 25.0
13556 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 685 4.0 25.0
301952 v.3   Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries 600 8.0 25.0
303058 v.3   Evaluation of Health Promotion 787 3.0 25.0
303064 v.2   Health Promotion Strategies and Methods 789 4.0 25.0
303065 v.4   Clinical Research Methods 782 4.0 25.0
303066 v.2   Foundations of Public Health 781 3.0 25.0
303688 v.2   International Health and Primary Health Care 700 8.0 25.0
303717 v.3   Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries 700 8.0 25.0
306308 v.2   Health Research Methods 781 4.0 25.0


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