Master of Public Health
Course code: M6021
The Master of Public Health is designed for medical and health care professionals looking to make a positive change locally, nationally or internationally. The course focuses on developing leaders who can strengthen and drive innovation in the way public health care is provided.
- Study with a Group of Eight university – Monash University is ranked amongst the Top 100 in the world (QS World University and Times Higher Education rankings)
- 100% online, flexible study – including all assessments and exams
- Six intakes a year – start whenever you are ready
- Dedicated support – personalised support team to guide you throughout your studies
This course is designed for medical and health care professionals, therefore it focuses on experiential knowledge and tangible skills in a highly interactive and engaging format. Each unit is worth 6 credit points, and you will need to complete a total of 72 credit points to complete your degree.
You will study:
The aim of this unit is to provide health service managers and public health practitioners with the knowledge and skills to manage health care organisational units.
Over 6 weekly modules students will explore key management theories, leadership skills, managing health professionals, designing and coordinating health professional work processes, managing change and projects.
Each module includes an overview of the relevant concepts and resources, guided readings and online, instructor moderated, discussions of applied issues with student peers.
Be introduced to key concepts and applications in epidemiology. You’ll learn about rates, sources of data, descriptive and analytical epidemiology, epidemiological study designs, critical appraisal of literature, screening, prevention, exposure assessment, outbreak investigation, confounding and bias.
This unit looks at the effect environmental influences have on health. You will examine the impact of various hazards in the environment and review principles of assessment, management and control of environmental health risks.
In this unit, you’ll learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods used in public health as well as the evaluation of disease prevention and health promotion strategies. Practical case studies will be used to study evaluation challenges due to the complexities in public health.
This unit explores the health care industry from a legal perspective. Common law principles and statues are reviewed with a focus on medical and health law including such issues as negligence, consent, human rights, and ethics.
In this unit, you will develop knowledge of the foundation aspects of public health and how to critically appraise health industry initiatives from a public health perspective.
The aim of this unit is to provide health service managers and public health practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the major components of national health systems and how health policy is created to adapt and reform these systems.
Over 6 weekly modules students will explore relevant policy theories, stakeholders and policy actors and processes that address major health policy challenges. Each module includes an overview of the relevant concepts and resources, guided readings and online, instructor moderated, discussions of applied issues with student peers.
This unit introduces students to biostatistics as applied to public health and management studies. Biostatistics is the science of describing, summarising and analysing health-related data. It is essential to understand biostatistics in order to design, conduct and interpret health-related research. The basic principles and methods used in biostatistics are covered in this unit. This includes the technical qualifications necessary for analysing and interpreting data on a descriptive and bivariate level.
Topics include: classification of health data; summarizing data using simple statistical methods and graphical presentation; sampling distributions, quantifying uncertainty in results from a sample; statistical distributions; comparing two/more groups/methods using confidence intervals and hypothesis tests (p-values); assessing the association between an outcome and an exposure using the chi-squared test; risk comparisons (RR & OR); prediction of an event or identifying risk factors for an event of interest where the event is measured on a continuous scale or a binary scale (yes/no); sample size calculations.
This unit looks at the nature of infections, the principles of infectious diseases, identification and management of outbreaks and principles of surveillance. You will also learn about the host, environmental, pathogen and transmission factors through practical case studies.
During this unit you will develop the skills needed to describe and analyse health systems and health sector reforms. Various different analytical frameworks are considered, including ways those frameworks can be used to review health systems both in Australia and offshore.
This unit examines many aspects of occupational health and safety in the health care industry including laws, financial implications of occupational injury and compensation systems. Case studies will be used to review industry best practice policies and OHS related achievements and challenges.
This unit will give you an introduction to the epidemiology and control of chronic diseases. You will review chronic diseases currently impacting on Australia and strategies for their prevention and control. The social and economic impact of chronic diseases have is also examined.
Australia’s population is growing and changing, and with it the need for high-quality health services. With a Master of Public Health, you have a wide range of opportunities to influence health care policies and services. You could pursue the following careers:
- Leadership roles in public or private hospitals, healthcare institutions or companies.
- Roles in local, state or federal health departments in health policy, planning and management.
- Research roles or further study at universities or health institution.
- Positions in health advocacy or policy planning within non-government and international aid organisations
There’s also the possibility of working in project coordination, communities and advocacy, program management, health education, health planning, policy development, epidemiology and biostatistics, health economics, disease prevention and health promotion.
A degree in public health can lead you to a broad range of careers, and salaries vary accordingly. The median salary of an epidemiologist in Australia is $85,000 and can go up to $147,267. The average salary of a biostatistician is $95,000 a year. Health and welfare services managers may earn an average of $85,000 up to AU$147,267 per year (Payscale).
For entry into the Master of Public Health, you will need:
- An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate or related discipline with at least a Weighted Average Mark of 60% or an equivalent GPA.
- A minimum of 2 years relevant industry/management experience (for example, previous work as a nurse, doctor, pharmacist or healthcare services provider)
- to meet minimum entry requirements for admission to Monash University
- to meet the English language requirements
$3,500.00 per unit*
2 years part time
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