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University of Queensland School of Public Health in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Public Health

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University and Faculty: University of Queensland
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Programs: Master of Public Health #5224
Master of International Public Health
University Location: Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 2.1 million
Student Population: 51,070
Campus Location: Herston campus (near downtown Brisbane)
Option for external mode/distance education or a combination of internal and external modes
Program Duration: 1.5 years
Semester Intake: February and July each year
Next Intake: July 2017
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $30,176 AUD (2018)
Est. Indicative Total: $46,169 AUD (2018)

The University of Queensland School of Population Health's postgraduate programs in Public Health give health professionals the knowledge and skills they need to define, critically assess and resolve public health problems in a changing world. Diverse fields of study allow students to focus on Australian public health issues or on international public health.

OzTREKK students enjoy the option of studying UQ's Master of Public Health or Master of International Public Health programs in internal (on-campus) mode, external (distance education) mode, or a combination of both.

This program prepares health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds, with knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems. Various fields of study allow students to focus on Australian public health issues or on international public health, including nutrition and tropical health in the Asia Pacific region.

UQ MPH students can undertake studies in the following specializations:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Defence
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Indigenous Health
  • Nutrition
  • Standard

Students can complete the program by coursework or incorporate a project. The project provides an opportunity for students to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a public health setting. Students can carry out their projects within Australia or overseas.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Within the field of Public Health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are associated with a significant burden of illness and injury in populations around the globe. In addition, individuals, families and communities experience adverse social harms arising from specific patterns of intoxication, modes of drug use and illicit drug markets.

Defence
This plan is designed to equip students with the academic, professional and management attributes that will enable them to approach Defence health issues from a population health perspective.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
This plan of the Master of Public Health program provides students with a solid grounding in population health concepts and methods to contribute effectively to health promotion practice, together with critical thinking and research skills. Health promotion and disease prevention teaching emphasises a broad ecological perspective on health behaviour and health promotion, including understanding the scope and purpose of health behaviour theories, and identifying what is most relevant from those theories that may be applied in practice.

Indigenous Health
This program produces graduates with a broad understanding of health and illness of Indigenous Australia, and capacity to manage effective public health solutions in a culturally and socially appropriate way. Graduates have the knowledge and skills to investigate and analyse Indigenous health needs; interpret policy; describe the major health issues in Indigenous Australia; operate effectively within an environment of changing social, economic and political circumstances; manage effective public health solutions through improved service delivery; plan, implement and evaluate health interventions; and conduct meaningful research, sensitive to community needs and protocols.

Nutrition
This field of study provides broadly based academic training that develops an understanding of nutrition and its role in the public health agenda globally and at the local level. Topics of particular interest include the nutrition transition, and meeting the challenges of both over- and under-nutrition. The program aims to produce nutritionists who can: assess the nutrition situation in populations and communities; formulate, implement and evaluate programs to prevent and alleviate nutrition problems; evaluate community nutrition programs; adapt nutrition programs to changing social, economic and technical circumstances; and effectively communicate scientific findings. Masters students have the opportunity to put this into practice in their final semester by undertaking an individual research project, joining a group fieldwork project in South-East Asia, or undertaking additional specialist coursework.

Standard
This plan prepares health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds with the knowledge and skills, derived from a variety of disciplines, which will allow them to define, critically assess and resolve public health problems. This plan comprises core courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, social science and management. electives are available in areas of specific interest, including biostatistics, epidemiology, social science, health services, health economics, burden of disease, tropical health, nutrition, international health and indigenous health. This allows student to focus on Australian public health issues or on international public health, including nutrition and tropical health in the Asia Pacific region.

 

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible to apply, you must have

  • an approved degree; or
  • other professional qualification in the field of health, behavioural, social, agricultural, or biological sciences or training and demonstrate suitability for admission.

 

Application Deadline: The University of Queensland has a general application deadline of May 30 for the July intake and November 29 for the February intake; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Adam Smith

 
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