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La Trobe University
University Handbook 2013

Master of Public Health

Course code/s: Melbourne (CI) (HMPHC)

Course Coordinator: Dr Hassan Vally ph (03) 9479 2791 email

Course Duration: 2 years, full-time

The Master of Public Health is an internationally recognised professional qualification in public health enabling graduates to work all over the world in a variety of health settings. La Trobe University offers its own comprehensive, stand-alone degree, with both research and practice pathways, as capstones to this useful and practical degree.

This program is designed for professionals, currently working in health settings, who are seeking to expand their career pathways into senior roles in government and non-government organisations, community health services, hospitals and other organisations in the private sector, research bodies and public health and health promotion agencies. A distinctive feature of La Trobe's Master of Public Health program is that it is designed to ensure that graduates are trained according to the Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates in Australia.

Admission requirements

Prospective students for the Master of Public Health usually hold a relevant undergraduate degree, plus a minimum of two years relevant career experience.

Course structure

Subjects are taught in combinations of daytime, evening, block and distance education modes at the Franklin Street (City) campus.

After completing nine core public health subjects, students will complete the degree in either the research or practice mode.

Opportunities are available for students to undertake up to two subjects at other universities offering a similarly structured Master of Public Health degree.

Students are required to complete a total of 16 subjects (240cps).

Research Mode

Students undertake two core research subjects and then a research project, written up as a minor thesis.

Practice Mode

Students undertake three subjects from one of six specialist streams and then design and undertake a learning study. The six specialist streams are: (i) health policy, (ii) health promotion, (iii) global health, (iv) health leadership, (v) workplace health and rehabilitation; and (vi) health and social care.

First year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit Points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5EPI Epidemiology and Demography 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5POL Public Health Policy 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5WPH Wellbeing and Prevention in Health 15
TE-W18-21 PHE5LAE Health Law and Ethics 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5IST Introduction to Biostatistics 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SCP Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5ENV Environmental Influences on Health 15
TE-W32-36 PHE5EBP Evidence Based Public Health 15

Students complete the rest of the program in either research or practise mode.

Second year - Research Mode
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit Points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-W32-36 PHE5EBP Evidence Based Public Health 15
TE-SEM-1 & 2 electives students to choose two 15cp subjects 30
TE-SEM-2 PHE5QMH Qualitative Methods in Health Research  
or     15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5QRM Quantitative Research Methods in Health  


Second year - Practise Mode
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit Points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Study 45
TE-SEM-1 electives students to choose three 15cp subjects from specialist stream 45
TE-SEM-2 elective students to choose one 15cp subject from specialist stream 15
TE-W32-36 PHE5EBP Evidence Based Public Health 15