School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Master of Public Health (International)

Open to Indian Nationals residing in India Only

 

Program Description

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The Master of Public Health (International) is widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. Many of graduates of UNSW public health programs occupy key positions in Departments of Health, health services, government and non-government organisations and universities in Asia, the Pacific, Australia and the world. The MPH (International) has been developed in partnership with India's leading private health organisation, Apollo and it's education arm, Medvarsity.  UNSW provides the coursework and awards the degree, but the capstone learning experience in the degree will be in India, provided by Apollo at their sites including the Total Health project in Aragonda. Students will be in a dynamic, virtual classroom with other students from Australia and around the world, and studying toward a UNSW awarded MPH (International).   

Program Objectives

The MPH (International) provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake population health roles in government, community and health service settings in any international setting including the Indian sub-continent. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across the complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge of public health including epidemiology, biostatistics, social determinants of health, health promotion, population targeted health research methods, and health program design, implementation and evaluation.  Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills needed for professional practice in public health across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving public health outcomes in specific and diverse settings.

Who should do this degree?

The MPH (International) program is open to Indian nationals residing in India, and is designed for those who are interested in rewarding opportunities in the health sector particularly in public health, health administration, health management and clinical research. This program meets the continuing education needs of specialists in public health as well as providing a general orientation to public health issues and methods for professionals who have previous education and experience relevant to public health and/or health management.

Mode of Delivery

The MPH (International) program can be undertaken full-time or part-time. All the courses are offered in fully online mode to allow you to “work while you study”.  We use state of the art online technology to give you an interactive classroom experience.  You will be part of a dynamic community of students, most of whom will be busy clinicians and health practitioners like you.  If you have a career and a job you do not want to give up, you can still further yourself by studying online in a flexible way, suited to your busy schedule.

Internship Opportunity

The compulsory PHOP9143 Internship will be performed in India in any of the Medvarsity recommended field sites. Students will be jointly supervised by SPHCM and Medvarsity staff and evaluated at the end of the internship. The internship course aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a workplace internship of 6 weeks full-time equivalent duration (168 hours).  During the course, interns will have an opportunity to make valuable contributions to the organizational healthcare initiatives that may involve areas such as policy, planning, and evaluation associated with the delivery of healthcare services, or the preparation, appraisal, implementation or evaluation of health related projects. The activities and focus of the internship placement will be relevant to the organization and student and can be either project or normal operations-based.  You will learn about the "Total Health" vision and other Apollo health systems and how concepts from these sites can be applied to to improve health. 

Experience UNSW at Summer School

To enhance the online teaching, the School of Public Health and Community Medicine Summer School offers intensive classes over 3-5 days. Students then complete assessment over December and January. MPH (International) students who wish to attend classes can come to Sydney and complete PHOP9662 Health Aspects of Crises, Emergencies and Disasters in the face-to-face mode. This course is also available in distance mode.

 

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the MPH (International) program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate sociocultural and political awareness of the diverse cultural settings and policy agendas that influence health and analyse factors shaping health trends and health sector responses at local, national and international levels.
  2. Integrate advanced knowledge and skills to enable protection of the health of populations and prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases through the use of epidemiological methods and contemporary theories and techniques.
  3. Appraise the health promotion needs of populations and determine effective interventions that draw on current approaches and evidence.
  4. Interpret and apply relevant research and research-based methods to inform priorities, policy and practices to address health outcomes in a diverse set of contexts.
  5. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex population related data and issues to plan and evaluate public health strategies, projects and programs informed by current theoretical debates, techniques and practices.
  6. Demonstrate multidisciplinary ways of working and high level skills in communicating, working in teams and advocacy to enhance public health outcomes.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of current global health  developments and perspectives and their implications for productively working locally, intersectorally, and across communities, agencies and national boundaries.
  8. Demonstrate capacity to engage in scholarly inquiry, ethical commitment and critical reflective practice for informing professional practice in public health service settings.

Master of Public Health (International) - 9040

The MPH (International) program can be undertaken either full-time or part-time. Courses are offered via online mode. The program consists of the following components, for a total of 8 courses comprising 48 units of credit (UOC):

  • 7 Core courses (42 UOC)
  • 1 Elective course (6 UOC)

Core (42 UOC)

  • PHOP 9498 Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (6 UOC)
  • PHOP 9605 International Health (6 UOC)
  • PHOP 9108 Program Design and Evaluation (6 UOC)
  • PHOP 9012 Health Promotion and Social Perspectives of Health (6 UOC)
  • PHOP 9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management (6 UOC)
  • PHOP 9606 Reproductive Maternal and Children’s Health (6 UOC)
  • PHOP 9143 Internship (6 UOC)

PLUS Electives - students choose 1 elective courses (6 UOC) from the list below

  • PHOP9050 Immunisation Policy and Practice (6 UOC)
  • PHOP9662 Health Aspects of Crises (6 UOC)
  • PHOP9609 Rural and Remote Health (6 UOC)

MPH (INTERNATIONAL)
Part-Time - Commence in Semester 1
Semester 1 
PHOP9498 Epidemiology and Statistics
PHOP9605 International Health
Semester 2
PHOP9012 Health Promotion
PHOP9748 Clinical Governance
Summer
Elective or Internship
Semester 1 
Elective or Internship
Semester 2
PHOP9108 Program Design and Evaluation
PHOP9606 Reproductive Maternal and Children’s Health 

 

 

MPH (INTERNATIONAL)
Part-Time - Commence in Semester 2
Semester 2
PHOP9012 Health Promotion
PHOP9748 Clinical Governance
Semester 1
PHOP9498 Epidemiology and Statistics
PHOP9605 International Health
Semester 2
PHOP9108 Program Design and Evaluation
PHOP9606 Reproductive Maternal and Children’s Health 
Summer
Elective or Internship
Semester 1
Elective or Internship

 

Admission Requirements

This program is open only to Indian nationals residing in India. The entry requirement for the Master of Public Health (International) program requires applicants to have either:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)* and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience.  This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS,  MD, Bachelor of Nursing);

  OR

  • An honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management *

[*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]

In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered for entry where the applicant has extensive professional health or public health experience but does not hold a formal qualification in a relevant discipline. (e.g Nurses, Paramedics).

Please contact Dr Padmanesan Narasimhan for further information.