The Doctor of Public Health is a higher degree by research that comprises a combination of coursework and research. It offers an alternative to the PhD and was developed in line with international trends, specifically for professionals, practitioners and leaders in public health and development wanting to undertake or return to research.
The course is scaffolded to provide candidates with specialist topics on research methods, theory and epistemology and assist them to develop their project, and the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake doctoral level research. It is expected that graduates of this award will: make an original, sustained, critical contribution to knowledge in public health research, policy, practice or management; and develop the ability to integrate and apply the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that are required to progress public health policy, management and practice.
The Doctor of Public Health equips its graduates to undertake a variety of advanced professional roles in public health, community development and human services in a range of global settings.
Doctor of Public Health
Duration: 3 years
SATAC code: N/A
Annual indicative fees:
Students who undertake a research degree are provided with a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place.
We are known internationally for our critical work on the structural and social determinants of health equity.
Specialisation and supervision are available in the following areas:
Every effort will be made to match you with supervisors with expertise directly relevant to your project.
Potential occupations include advanced professional roles in academia, community development, public health and policy in the government, non-government and human services workforce, including Indigenous health, service delivery, allied health, support services, management, research and policy-making in public health, community services and housing fields.
Potential employers include:
The Doctor of Public Health is a 108-unit higher degree by research comprising 36 units of doctoral coursework topics and a 72-unit dissertation.
The course is offered by the College of Medicine and Public Health and may be undertaken over three years full-time or up to six years part-time.
Year 1 core topics
Year 2 and 3 core topics
The coursework topics can be taken in external mode, but all students will be required to attend a one-week intensive for each of three topics on campus in Adelaide, and complete one semester-based topic delivered online.
Applicants must meet each of the following requirements:
Following review of the application and additional admission requirements, applicants will be short-listed and selection for admission based on an interview in which relevant skills and experience, as well as ability to pursue doctoral level research, are assessed, and referee reports are reviewed.
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