School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Our Teaching

Our postgraduate programs have been designed to meet the diverse learning and professional needs of our students whether they learn on or off campus, work in local or international health related settings.  We recognise that postgraduate education needs to be professional education – building on students’ initial qualifications and work experiences and equipping them with the capacities to extend their professional areas of interest and career trajectories.

We provide quality learning that is student-centred and relevant to real-world practice. Our teaching supports students to develop and apply theoretical understandings, conceptual tools, and professional skills and techniques that are relevant to being practitioners or researchers in public health and/or health service management locally or internationally. 

It is now well accepted that to improve health outcomes and address the broader social determinants of health, innovative approaches are needed that require sophisticated problem solving capacities, multidisciplinary ways of working and abilities to critically interpret research and apply evidence to health related issues. Our programs have been developed to foster these abilities. Courses are mapped against agreed graduate outcomes and through our teaching, learning and assessment strategies we seek to promote workplace ready professionals who can continue to learn and manage effectively in the dynamic and increasingly global field of health.   

Our overall approach to learning and teaching is grounded in inquiry based learning and the use of authentic cases and examples drawn from the real world. Students are encouraged to contribute to discussions and peer-learning activities drawing on their own experiences in health related settings whether they are interacting in class or online. Through this approach students gain a strong understanding of a multiplicity of health contexts, challenges and approaches from local and international perspectives and also develop a network of professional relationships.

In keeping with our practitioner and inquiry based approach, assessments seek to mirror the processes and products of professional practice. We aim to provide assessments that not only support student learning and provide feedback on progress but also foster skills and understandings needed in the workplace and that can support reflective practice and lifelong learning.

Our postgraduate programs are known for offering flexible opportunities for learning whether on campus or externally through the use of innovative learning technologies in blended and fully online modes. All courses have a dedicated learning management system where students can access course resources online and communicate with peers and course convenors. We provide multimedia recordings of lectures, interactive learning modules, video clips of real world scenarios and case studies from the field to create media-rich, engaging learning environments. We facilitate collaborative learning opportunities through the use of wikis, blogs, and group discussion facilities and our webinar applications allow students to connect with peers and course convenors in real-time via audio/video link ups. Throughout our approach is a commitment to enhancing the quality of students’ learning experiences through applying pedagogically sound, technologically innovative and research driven approaches to our postgraduate learning and teaching.