The Master of Public Health (Chronic Condition Management) is a 54-unit coursework program which is offered by The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificates offered within the Discipline of Public Health and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards.

Students who hold the Graduate Certificate receive credit for topics already taken.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally:

  • hold a Graduate Certificate offered by the Discipline of Public Health, or
  • hold an approved degree in a related field or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

The choice of research projects for the Dissertation topic will be dependent upon the available areas of expertise of the teaching staff.

Course aims

The Master of Public Health aims to provide students with the ability to apply knowledge and skills in relation to public health principles, values and practices that reduce inequity in health care access and health outcomes, and improve population health status.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills

  • in critical analysis of evidence, complex theories, problems, and concepts regarding social, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health
  • in developing, planning, and evaluating public health approaches to health problems
  • in critiquing and applying contemporary public health approaches in work-related environments and practice
  • of research principles, methodologies, and methods applicable to public health theory, policy and practice
  • in creativity and innovation in transferring knowledge to practice
  • in effective communication in the workplace and university context

apply an advanced level of knowledge and skills:

  • to recognise their own strengths, limitations, and learning style
  • in showing initiative and creativity in practice
  • to take responsibility, and to advocate for and empower others
  • in critical analysis of evidence and theories regarding determinants of health, planning and evaluating public health approaches, work-related environments; and undertaking public health research activities.

Program of study

To qualify for The Master of Public Health (Chronic Condition Management), a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below. The Master of Public Health (Chronic Condition Management) has two pathways:

Pathway 1

Pathway 1 enables students to review the principles and practice of Public Health (Chronic Condition Management) and then focus their study through the completion of a significant research project. In order to proceed to the Dissertation component of the award, students must demonstrate a Credit grade point average or better for the 36 units of coursework topics completed prior to commencing the Dissertation.  Students who are not able to demonstrate a Credit grade point average will be required to transfer to another stream/pathway of the Master of Public Health which does not contain a Dissertation component, or may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Public Health. 

Core - Year 1 & 2 topics

36 units comprising

 MHSC8111  Managing Chronic Conditions - Self-Management Support Approaches  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9501  Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9514  Action on Social Determinants of Health  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9503  Research Methods for Social Epidemiology  (9 units)

plus one of

 MHSC8112  Perspectives on Chronic Diseases Management  (4.5 units)
 MHSC8114  The Persons Experience of Self Management  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 PHCA9502  Qualitative Research Methods  (9 units) 
 PHCA9511  Social Statistics in Public Health  (9 units)

plus 18 units selected from the following

 PHCA9512  Public Health Research Dissertation (18 units)  
 PHCA9512A  Public Health Research Dissertation (9/18 units) 
 PHCA9512B  Public Health Research Dissertation (9/18 units)

Pathway 2

Pathway 2 enables students to review the principles and practice of Public Health (Chronic Condition Management) and then consolidate their knowledge through completion of coursework and a capstone topic PHCA9509 Public Health Practice Development.

Core - Year 1 & 2 topics

40.5 units comprising

 MHSC8111  Managing Chronic Conditions - Self-Management Support Approaches  (4.5 units)
 MHSC8112  Perspectives on Chronic Diseases Management  (4.5 units)
 MHSC8114  The Persons Experience of Self Management  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9501  Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9514  Action on Social Determinants of Health  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9503  Research Methods for Social Epidemiology  (9 units)
 PHCA9509 Public Health Practice Development (9 units)

plus 13.5 units of option topics to be selected from the list below

Option - Year 1 & 2 topics

 PHCA9502 Qualitative Research Methods (9 units)
 PHCA9505 Primary Health Care Practice in Developing Countries (9 units)
 PHCA9506 Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health (9 units)

Students can also take as option topics, core topics in other streams of the Master of Public Health or, with permission, topics from another course at Flinders or another university.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University Policy on Student Progress.