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Our School of Public Health is one of the leading schools for research and training in Australia. We have nearly 100 PhD and Doctor of Public Health students from Australia and overseas. We are a leading authority on all areas of public health including health policy, health promotion, health services management, primary health care and rehabilitation studies. We are involved in numerous research centres including the Centre for Development and Innovation in Health. Our research projects include international health, populations at risk, chronic illnesses and disability, counselling and psychological health, palliative care, health information management, health policy and management, gender and health, healthy relationships and public health practice.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers as senior professionals and practitioners in health care, health policy, health promotion and public health.

Courses

Local students

2014

Doctor of Philosophy

Duration :
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
City
Other
Year
2014
Course description
This degree requires the completion of a major original research project under
supervision and to submit a thesis. While coursework is not a requirement for
the degree, some subjects may be recommended.

Areas of study include: exercise physiology, health systems, policy and management, social policy, social participation, evidence based-practice, ageing and aged care, public health, health systems policy and management, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, social work and social policy, rehabilitation, dietetics and human nutrition, injury prevention and sex, health and society.
Prerequisite
Applicants with first-class or upper second-class honours (or an equivalent qualification) may be admitted directly to PhD candidature. Others will normally be required to enrol initially in a research master's program and, if appropriate, transfer to PhD candidature when they have demonstrated the capacity for independent research at a suitable level.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Health Sciences (PhD)Melbourne
Health Sciences (PhD)Bendigo
Health Sciences (PhD)City
Health Sciences (PhD)Albury-Wodonga

Doctor of Public Health (Professional Doctorate)

Duration :
3 years full-time or 4-8 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
If youre an experienced health professional or other graduate, this course will enable you to further develop your expertise and undertake research in professional settings.

The first year comprises both compulsory and elective coursework subjects. In second and third year, you will work on a research thesis and doctoral colloquia.
Prerequisite
Honours degree of H2A standard or equivalent, or research Masters, or Master's by coursework with substantial thesis component or equivalent, and at least three years relevant professional or practical experience.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
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Public Health (Professional Doctorate)Melbourne

Master of Applied Science

Duration :
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course offers numerous research opportunities in health sciences. Areas of research expertise include: exercise physiology, health systems policy and
management, public health, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, rehabilitation and injury prevention, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, dietetics and human nutrition and sex, health and society.

While coursework is not a requirement for the degree, selected subjects may be recommended for some candidates.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree and a fourth year of study; or Bachelor's degree and at least two years' relevant professional or research experience; or other acceptable qualifications, skills or experience. Applicants to the Department of Occupational Therapy usually have either an Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma with at least a B average.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
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Applied Science (Health Sciences) (Master)Melbourne
Applied Science (Health Sciences) (Master)Albury-Wodonga

Master of Applied Science (Research)

Duration :
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
This course offers numerous research opportunities in health sciences. Areas of research expertise include: exercise physiology, health systems policy and management, public health, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, rehabilitation and injury prevention, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, dietetics and human nutrition and sex, health and society.

Applicants who do not have honours or honours equivalent entry qualifications for research programs of study can enter the Faculty of Health Sciences Master of Applied Science research program.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree and a fourth year of study; or Bachelor's degree and at least two years' relevant professional or research experience; or other acceptable qualifications, skills or experience.
Selection
The following eligibility requirements will apply only to research applicants as specified below. All other applicants for research candidature will continue to be evaluated according to current La Trobe University research admission requirements. Applicants without Honours or Honours equivalence and who successfully complete any La Trobe health sciences combined degree in 2014 or beyond:

Minimum of 70 per cent weighted average across graded subjects in Years 3 and 4 of the combined Bachelor's/Master's degree.

Other appropriately qualified applicants without Honours or Honours equivalence:

Capacity to successfully complete higher degree research as demonstrated through both of:

i. Two academic referee reports, one of which must be from the proposed principal supervisor, indicating one of the top two ratings for 'academic ability', 'research potential and ability to complete the research degree', 'capacity to communicate orally and in writing in English', and 'overall support'

ii. A portfolio' prepared by the applicant that makes a case based on their interest in undertaking research and one or more of their:
achievement in research-related coursework (as part of a formal higher education award or as individual modules), publications in peer reviewed journals, participation in completion of a substantial research project, contribution to successful research grant application, experience on a clinical research Fellowship, research-related awards or prizes, contribution to translational research activities, contribution to commercialization and/or patenting of a research product, clinical guideline development, presentations at national or international conferences, participation on a research team, international collaborations, reports from evidence-based practice reviews, experience as a research assistant, reports for industry or government, reports of formal reviews of health services, reports of health service quality reviews research policy development or implementation, other research-related achievement and experience.

The applicant must detail their personal level of contribution to any publications, research projects, grant applications, reports and collaborations. Associated documentary evidence (e.g., publications, letters of reference, certificates) must also be included in the portfolio.
How to apply
Please follow these intructions in the application guide .

How to apply

You can apply for research candidature at any time. However, applications for research scholarships close on 31 October.

To apply for Master's candidature, you need an Honours degree or Master's Preliminary. For Doctoral (PhD) candidature, you need a Master's or a Bachelor's degree with Honours, usually with a result of at least H2A.

Before applying, it's best to contact a potential academic supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your topic.

Once you've done this, you can download an application form [PDF 1.02Mb] and submit it to La Trobe's Research Services office. If you require this PDF in an alternative format, please contact rgs@latrobe.edu.au.

Fees and scholarships

Research degrees are funded by the Commonwealth Government via the Research Training Scheme (RTS) (fees may apply to some components of some Professional Doctorates).

There are a range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2014

Doctor of Philosophy (006629C)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 800
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This degree requires the completion of a major original research project under
supervision and to submit a thesis. While coursework is not a requirement for
the degree, some subjects may be recommended.

Areas of study include: exercise physiology, health systems, policy and management, social policy, social participation, evidence based-practice, ageing and aged care, public health, health systems policy and management, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, social work and social policy, rehabilitation, dietetics and human nutrition, injury prevention and sex, health and society.
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
You must have an Australian Masters degree or Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or an approved international
equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
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.
Full course details
Health Sciences (PhD)Melbourne
Health Sciences (PhD)Bendigo
Health Sciences (PhD)City
Health Sciences (PhD)Albury-Wodonga

Doctor of Public Health (Professional Doctorate) (029304A)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 800
Campus
Melbourne, Franklin Street
Year
2014
Course description
If youre an experienced health professional or other graduate, this course will enable you to further develop your expertise and undertake research in professional settings.

The first year comprises both compulsory and elective coursework subjects. In second and third year, you will work on a research thesis and doctoral colloquia.
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
You must have completed an Australian Master's degree or Bachelors degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent, plus at least three years of relevant professional experience. You are are also required to provide evidence of research expertise.
Additional information
Closing date for applications is late September 2013.
This course is held at Franklin Street Campus.
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.
Full course details
Public Health (Professional Doctorate)Melbourne

Master of Applied Science (074418F)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
27 560
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Franklin Street
Year
2014
Course description
This course offers numerous research opportunities in health sciences. Areas of research expertise include: exercise physiology, health systems policy and
management, public health, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, rehabilitation and injury prevention, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, dietetics and human nutrition and sex, health and society.

While coursework is not a requirement for the degree, selected subjects may be recommended for some candidates.
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
You must have an Australian Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, You may still be considered in some instances.
Additional information
Please note that the Melbourne (city) campus is now known as Franklin Street campus.
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.
Full course details
Applied Science (Health Sciences) (Master)Melbourne
Applied Science (Health Sciences) (Master)Albury-Wodonga

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fee costs for international students is indicated for each course above. There are also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

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