Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

304712 v.3 Doctor of International Health


Course CRICOS Code: 038778c
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


The Centre for International Health offers a comprehensive academic program, designed to meet the demands of preparing senior health personnel for leadership in international health. The Doctor of International Health is a quality program with a distinctly applied orientation. In recent years, professional doctoral programs have gained recognition and are assuming an important role in new formations of research and training as well as knowledge and practice for professionals.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A master degree, together with relevant work experience in a health-related area, or a relevant honours degree - normally first or upper second class, together with relevant work experience in a health-related area, or superior performance in one of the Division's postgraduate diplomas or the equivalent from another educational institution, and relevant work experience in a health related area, or other qualifications and background warranting special consideration by the Executive Dean, Division of Health Sciences.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

Duration and Availability

This doctorate is normally three years equivalent full-time study. It is offered by distance education. In most cases, candidates find it advantageous to attend the campus to present their proposal prior to undertaking their fieldwork.

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. Students complete doctoral level core units, optional units and a thesis. Units are selected in consultation with the course coordinator. The thesis consists of a practically oriented research project in a specific area of international health. The examination of the thesis follows University Doctoral Degree Regulations. In selecting optional units, students must select two evaluation and research units, plus three additional units.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Special Note

Students should not enrol in this research course to receive the related Postgraduate Diploma but rather have undertaken it as a requisite for admission. The Division of Health Sciences provides facilities and benefits for those studying this research course, including access to suitable computer facilities and office space for on-campus students, and financial assistance to attend appropriate intrastate, interstate or overseas conferences and towards associated research costs.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

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

Year 1 Semester 2


Year 1

304696 v.2   Doctoral Thesis - International Health
Optional Units to Select From in Year 1 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
11547 v.3   Epidemiology 781 3.0 25.0
13554 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 782 4.0 25.0
301950 v.3   Research and Evaluation in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
303718 v.3   Research Protocol and Methods 700 8.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 1 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credits
11546 v.2   Environmental and Occupational Health 782 3.0 25.0
11550 v.3   Principles and Practice of Public Health 781 3.0 25.0
301958 v.2   Medical Anthropology in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
303673 v.3   Sexually Transmissible Infection and HIV - International Perspectives 600 8.0 25.0
303720 v.3   Health Promotion - International Perspectives 700 8.0 25.0
303721 v.2   International Nutrition 700 8.0 25.0
303724 v.2   Refugee and Migrant Health 700 8.0 25.0
303725 v.2   Population Studies 700 8.0 25.0
305795 v.3   Ethics in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
305801 v.2   Ageing - International Perspectives 600 8.0 25.0
306301 v.1   Topics in International Health 700 8.0 25.0
308936 v.1   Medical Geography 600 8.0 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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