University Handbook 2017

Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration

Course code/s: HZPHHA

Course details
Location City Campus - Collins Street*
Course code HZPHHA
Course coordinator Dr Hassan Vally
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 019986G and 030972K
Course duration 2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Credit points 315 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes

This entry is for students who commenced the course from 2014 only. Those students who commenced the course before 2014 should refer to the 2013 entry for the Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration in this Handbook.

*This course relocated from Franklin Street, to the newly expanded Collins Street City Campus from Semester 2, 2017.

Course description

This double Masters degree is delivered by the Department of Public Health. The course is designed for professionals currently working in health program delivery, and service provision settings or policy roles, and who are seeking to expand their career pathways into senior management roles, in public or private sector organisations.

Students will acquire knowledge, skills and perspectives in public health practice, health services management, and leadership. They will undertake a combination of core and elective subjects from the Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration programs. The Master of Public Health graduates are trained according to the Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates in Australia.

Students are taught in combinations of daytime, evening, block and distance education modes at the Collins Street campus.

After completion of the core Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration subjects, students will go on to complete the degree in either the Research or Practice mode.

Opportunities are available for students to undertake up to two subjects at other universities.

Students undertaking this double degree will be required to complete 12 subjects (a total of 180 credit points) from the existing Master of Public Health program and nine subjects (a total of 135 credit points) from the existing Master of Health Administration program. The tables below detail the compulsory and elective subjects. This structure ensures that essential areas are covered, whilst allowing some flexibility for students to pursue personal and professional interests.

Part-time study is available to domestic students only. Midyear entry is also available. Formal recognition of prior learning will be considered upon demonstration of required competencies in relevant areas.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Critically appraise and effectively communicate population health information (monitoring and surveillance).
Apply systematic approaches to the detection, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases among human populations (disease prevention and control).
Develop and promote effective physical interventions to ensure safe and healthy environments (health protection).
Improve health environments through consultation, engagement and empowerment that promotes the health of individuals, populations and communities (health promotion).
Develop appropriate policy, legislation, regulation, governance or fiscal measures to achieve efficient and equitable gains in population health.
Apply responsible professional practice to population health that effectively incorporates evidence and cultural safety (Evidence-based professional population heath practice).
Apply research principles and practices to critically appraise the health management body of knowledge and apply to managerial and leadership practice.
Synthesise information on population needs, health care delivery systems, funding and financing arrangements and government policy to create, revise, implement and evaluate evidence-based strategies that enhance population health and maximise organisational potential.
Apply project management tools and techniques underpinned by contemporary theoretical models to cultivate change.
Evaluate and synthesise the impact of health system and health organisation resource allocation decisions and apply to future resource allocation decisions.
Identify and assemble relevant data to analyse performance to improve the operations of a health care system or organisation to enhance patient care and population health outcomes.
Develop and apply ethical evidence-based leadership skills directed to individuals and teams across diverse organisational environments.
Effectively communicate ideas and information to different audiences and diverse settings.
Apply critical reflective practice that adapts responsively to the needs of different contexts and stakeholder groups.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 315 credit points over 2.5 years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM* Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 PHE5EPI Epidemiology and Demography 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HRM Human Resources Management in Health Services 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS The Australian Health System 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5IST Biostatistics 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SCP Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HSR Health Service Resource Management 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HCQ Health Care Quality 15

Key:

*LTU0AIM (formerly HLT5AIM) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Practice mode

Second year – Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Study 45
TE-SEM-1 PHE5POL Public Health Policy 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5WPH Wellbeing and Prevention in Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Student to choose one 15cp subject 15
TE-W31-37 PHE5ENV Environmental Influences on Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5EBP Evidence Based Public Health: Knowledge, Skills and Practice 15

Research mode

Second year – Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5POL Public Health Policy 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5WPH Wellbeing and Prevention in Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Student to choose one 15cp subject 15
TE-W31-37 PHE5ENV Environmental Influences in Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5EBP Evidence Based Public Health: Knowledge, Skills and Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
And students must comlpete one of PHE5QMH or PHE5QRM
TE-W26-27 or TE-W26-30 PHE5QMH Qualitative Methods in Health Research 15
Or    
TE-W31-37 PHE5QRM Quantitative Research Methods in Health

Third year

Practice mode

Third year – Practice mode (75 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Electives Student to select five 15cp subjects 75

Research mode

Third year – Research mode (75 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 Electives Students to choose three 15cp subjects. 45

 

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