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Managing your degree

This joint master enables health professionals to gain advanced management skills while undertaking further study in the area of their specialisation.
The program aims to develop the following knowledge and skills:
*Understanding current major health and management issues
*managing information and human financial resources within health care delivery organisations
*critical analysis by health managers in the context of national and global economic and political environments
*identification and analysis of management issues in health care delivery organisations and the identification of appropriate solutions.

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
Upon successful completion of the MPH component of the MPH-MBA, graduates will be able to:
*Devise appropriate strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases ensuring safe and healthy environments for tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Critically assess, analyse and communicate public health information relevant to tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non-specialist audiences
*Critically reflect upon the socio-ecological nature of health promotion and its application in optimising the health and wellbeing of tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Critically reflect upon and engage in professional public health practice based on ethical decision-making and an evidence based approach, including consideration of recent developments in the field
*Apply advanced human, project and organisational management skills within a public health and policy context to effect efficient and equitable gains in public health
*Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and ethically execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

Upon successful completion of the MBA component of the MPH-MBA, graduates will be able to:
*Critically analyse complex business and public health-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives
*Evaluate contexts within which differing sustainable business and public health performance methods should be integrated and applied
*Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from different disciplinary perspectives
*Research and apply established concepts to solve business public health and professional practice problems
*Critically analyse complex contemporary business and public health issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on multidisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence
*Apply creative and innovative thinking effectively to business and public health theory and practice

*Present complex business and public health analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using:
*Effective oral presentation skills
*Clear and fluent written communication

*Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both:

*Adapt sustainable business and public health constructs and skills to novel theoretical or practical situations
*Exercise independent ethical judgment and initiative in solving differing business and public health problems creatively
*Demonstrate a capacity for personal reflection and self-development in relation to professional business and public health learning and practice.

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Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Master of Public Health-Master of Business Administration page on the James Cook University website for more details!





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