he Melbourne MPH teaches students to recognize and seek to understand the social determinants of health and disease, the molecular basis of disease in populations, and the influence of physical, social and cultural environments. Prime emphasis is placed on the prevention of disease and injury and the promotion of health and wellbeing. The program maintains a strong focus on the systems and services that society puts in place to effect these aims, their efficiency and cost-effectiveness, and their impact on equity and social justice. The Melbourne MPH orients students towards future careers as leaders in public health and health care. It is ideal for graduates with a record of academic achievement who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others and who aspire to leadership roles in public health.
The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria:
an undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent;
at least 200 points of tertiary study in any discipline and at least five years of documented relevant health-related work experience.
The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.
If you are a health care professional looking to broaden your understanding then this is the program for you. It is ideal for doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals and students with a non-health related degree but work experience in a health related field are welcome.
The program will allow you to apply your knowledge in practical and conceptual ways, and learn how to apply your skills to the health arena while exposing you to new networks of health care professionals.
The following are recommended subject combinations for specialisations within the MPH. These are guides and are not prescriptive, however students should check to see if specific research projects have set prerequisite subjects. Students may obtain assistance in putting together their own interdisciplinary course plans from the course coordinator during organised enrolment sessions at the beginning of each year, or by appointment throughout the year.
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Gender & Womens Health
Health Economics & Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
Health Social Sciences
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH - DOCTOR OF MEDICINE SPECIALISATION
The Master of Public Health with a Doctor of Medicine Specialisation is offered to students enrolled in the Docotor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. This program is designed for those students who wish to combine future medical practice with work that protects and improves the health of communities through education, primary prevention, reform and research.
Students granted 50 Points Advanced Standing (150 point program) are exempt from Foundations of Public Health. All other students must complete Foundations of Public Health unless an exemption examination is successfully completed. Students granted exemption must complete one extra elective subject in lieu of Foundations of Public Health. To apply to sit for an exemption examination please contact the Subject Coordinator for Foundations of Public Health.
Foundations of Public Health
Introduction to Epidemiology
Surveys and Qualitative Methods
Public Health Leadership and management
The MPH is flexible and does not have fixed streams. Students may tailor elective subject choices to suit their interests, provided they meet course requirements.
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