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Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Course Description

The broad range of elective subjects available gives the opportunity for specialised focus on tropical Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or in Australia’s tropical neighbours.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for health professionals with a suitable undergraduate degree or recognised professional qualification in a relevant discipline. It enables you to specialise in public health issues relevant to tropical Australia and its near neighbours.

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MPH&TM, graduates will be able to:
*Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the disciplines of public health and tropical medicine, with depth in epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, complications, differential diagnosis, investigation and management of tropical diseases
*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
*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.

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Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic 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.

Why JCU?

The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences teaches this course. The School provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:
*The Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which is one of the leading tropical research facilities in the world
*teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
*cutting-edge teaching laboratories and research facilities.

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 and Tropical Medicine page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or Submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments including a minimum of five years in health related activities.

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