Public health

Public healthWhy study Public health?

We offer postgraduate coursework programs in public health to Master-level study. Our degrees are internationally recognised, and are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil the Australian Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates.  A Master of Public Health degree will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills for practise in the public health field including the design, implementation and assessment of effective public health, health policy and health promotion programs, enabling you to work in a wide variety of government and non-government public health settings.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in government, non-government organisation, community health services, hospitals, research bodies, and public health and health promotion agencies.

Courses

Local students

2015

Graduate Certificate in Development Studies

Duration :
6 months full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
Prerequisite
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Fee amount
Indicative (2014): $7,570
Additional information
Course can be used as a pathway into the Master of International Development.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Development Studies (Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Development Studies

Duration :
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
Prerequisite
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Fee amount
Indicative (2014): $15,140 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Course can be used as a pathway into the Master of International Development.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Development Studies (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Master of Health Sciences

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Franklin Street
Year
2015
Course description
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, gerontology.
Professional recognition
Graduates may qualify for registration with the appropriate professional association. These include the Australasian College of Health Service Management, the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors.
Prerequisite
Admission requirements vary depending on your choice of major. Normally, applicants should have a three-year undergraduate degree in health sciences or a related field and at least two years of professional experience in the health or related sector.
Fee amount
Indicative (2012): $15,770 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Some majors are held at our City Campus. Please check with the Faculty for further information.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. You also need to download and complete the Supplementary Form.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Health Sciences (Master)City

Master of Public Health

Duration :
2 years full-time or 3-5 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Franklin Street
Year
2015
Course description
If you're a professional, currently working in the health setting and want to expand your career into senior roles, this program is designed for you.

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised professional
qualification in public health that enables you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings. This is a comprehensive, stand-alone degree, with both research and practice pathways. A distinctive feature is that you are trained according to the Foundation Competencies for Public Health
Graduates in Australia.

It includes eight core public health subjects, after which you will have the choice to complete the degree in either research mode or practice mode.
Prerequisite
Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health sciences discipline plus a minimum of two years of relevant career experience. Students without a degree but with significant experience are welcome to apply.
Fee amount
Indicative (2012): $15,770 per 120 credit points.
Commonwealth Supported Places also available.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015.

You should also download and complete the Supplementary Form.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Public Health (Master)City

Master of Public Health/ Master of Health Administration

Duration :
2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Franklin Street
Year
2015
Course description
If you are currently working in the health services setting and want to expand your career into senior health management roles and to develop comprehensive skills in the theory and practice of both public health and health services management, this course is designed for you. You will be prepared for future health services management roles that deal with the needs of the ageing population, integration of healthcare delivery
systems, technological innovations and a increasing complex regulatory environment. You will complete nine subjects (135 credit points) from the Master of Health Administration program and twelve subjects (180 credit points) from the Master of Public Health program. You will be required to
complete compulsory subjects and electives to cover essential areas. Electives can be selected from a combination of the two courses subjects.
Professional recognition
The Master of Public Health component meets the foundation competencies for Master of Public Health graduates in Australia. The Master of Health Administration component is accredited
by the Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Royal Australian College of Medical Administration.
Prerequisite
Three-year undergraduate degree and at least two years' professional experience in the health system. Applicants are also required to submit a one-page statement of their reasons for applying, with two supporting references.
Fee amount
Indicative (2012): $15,770 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
The Master of Public Health component of the course is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of public health theory, as outlined in the Foundation Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates in Australia, please see www.phaa.net.au
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. You should also download and complete the Supplementary Form.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Public Health/Health AdministrationFranklin Street

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2015

Graduate Certificate in Development Studies (080515K)

Duration :
6 months
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
24 110
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
English Language Requirements
Applicants must provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in all components of the test, or pass an OET with A or B only in each of the four components.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60 per cent average. Where a 60 per cent average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Development Studies (Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Development Studies (080514M)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
24 110
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
English Language Requirements
Applicants must provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in all components of the test, or pass an OET with A or B only in each of the four components.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Development Studies (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Master of Health Sciences (075420D)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 080
Campus
Franklin Street
Year
2015
Course description
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, gerontology.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants are normally required to hold a three-year undergraduate degree in health sciences or a related field, and have at least two years of work experience in health or a related sector. Applicants without formal qualifications but who have relevant experience and skills should discuss their eligibility with the Course Coordinator. Applicants for the Health Information Management major must have a degree or approved international equivalent in health information management.
Minimum grade average equivalent to 70% in previous qualifications if in a related field of study or 75% if previous study is in non-related field.
Additional information
Course commences Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (July).
Health Evaluation and Research Semester 1 only.

Applicants must review the Supplementary checklist.

Available majors only: Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Information Management, Health Evaluation and Research. Most majors are held at Franklin Street Campus, please check with Faculty for further information. As this Campus is located in the CBD, you might like to consider finding accommodation closer to your campus.
Professional recognition
Completion of this course qualifies students for registration with the appropriate professional association depending on their specialisation.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Health Sciences (Master)City

Master of Public Health (019986G)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 100
Campus
Franklin Street
Year
2015
Course description
If you're a professional, currently working in the health setting and want to expand your career into senior roles, this program is designed for you.

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised professional
qualification in public health that enables you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings. This is a comprehensive, stand-alone degree, with both research and practice pathways. A distinctive feature is that you are trained according to the Foundation Competencies for Public Health
Graduates in Australia.

It includes eight core public health subjects, after which you will have the choice to complete the degree in either research mode or practice mode.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree, or approved international equivalent, in a health discipline. You are expected to have at least two years of work experience in a health related field. A medical internship may count towards this work experience requirement. If you don not have a degree but who have significant experience are welcome to apply.
Additional information
Please note this course is held at the Franklin Street Campus, which is located in the CBD. You might want to find accommodation closer to your campus.

Applicants must review the Supplementary Checklist for required documents to submit with their application. Applications for this course close late November.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Public Health (Master)City

Master of Public Health/ Master of Health Administration (019986G/059701F)

Duration :
2.5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 890
Campus
Franklin Street
Year
2015
Course description
If you are currently working in the health services setting and want to expand your career into senior health management roles and to develop comprehensive skills in the theory and practice of both public health and health services management, this course is designed for you. You will be prepared for future health services management roles that deal with the needs of the ageing population, integration of healthcare delivery
systems, technological innovations and a increasing complex regulatory environment. You will complete nine subjects (135 credit points) from the Master of Health Administration program and twelve subjects (180 credit points) from the Master of Public Health program. You will be required to
complete compulsory subjects and electives to cover essential areas. Electives can be selected from a combination of the two courses subjects.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
A three-year undergraduate degree and a minimum of two years professional experience in the health system.
Additional information
Please note this course is held at the Franklin Street Campus, which is located in the CBD. You might like to consider finding accommodation close to your campus.

You must review the Supplementary Checklist before applying applying for required documents to submit with their application. Applications for this course close late November.
Professional recognition
The Master of Public Health is an internationally-recognised professional qualification in public health settings. The Master of Health Administration is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Public Health/Health AdministrationFranklin Street

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

Master of Health Research Methodology

You may apply if you do not have a relevant degree but have significant work experience.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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