University Handbook 2017

Master of Public Health

Course code/s: HMPHC

Course details
Location City Campus - Collins Street*
Course code HMPHC
Course coordinator Dr Hassan Vally
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 019986G
Course duration 2 years full-time
Credit points 240 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

The information below is for students who commenced the course from 2014 only. Students who commenced before 2014 should visit the Master of Public Health entry in this Handbook.

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

Course description

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 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.

Subjects are taught in combinations of daytime, evening, block and distance education modes, and classes are held at the Franklin Street (City) Campus. After completing eight 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. Students are required to complete a total of 16 subjects (240 credit points). Students for various reasons, may wish to exit with a Graduate Diploma. The requirements for completing the Graduate Diploma (after 2011) are 7 core subjects and one elective.

Part-time study is available for domestic students. Midyear entry is also available for those studying part-time. Formal recognition of prior learning is possible upon demonstration of required competencies in relevant areas.

This course is available to international students commencing in Semester 1 only. Midyear entry is not available to international students.

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).

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 240 credit points over two years of full-time study in either Research or Practice mode.

Research mode

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

Practice mode

Students undertake an applied action learning project.

First year

First year
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 PHE5POL# Public Health Policy 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5WPH Wellbeing and Prevention in Health 15
TE-SEM-1 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-SEM-2 PHE5EBP Evidence Based Public Health 15


*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.

# Indicates subjects required to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health prior to 2011.

Second year

Second year – Research mode
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUM-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1/2 Electives Students to select three 15cp subjects. 45
And one of the following 15 credit point subjects:
TE-SEM-2 PHE5QMH Qualitative Methods in Health Research 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5QRM Quantitative Research Methods in Health
Second year – Practice mode
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Study 45
TE-SEM-1 Electives Students to select five 15cp subjects from specialist stream. 75