MPH5289 - Professional practice development - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael Ackland


Darshini Ayton
Renata Morello

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MPH5040 and MPH5041


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


This unit will equip students to meet professional workplace expectations in public health.

Building upon developing knowledge and understanding of the practice of public health, it will enhance and develop professional communication, teamwork, project management and leadership skills in public health.

Attention will also be given to professional conduct and the implementation of ethical codes of practice in the workplace.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate issues related to professional practice in public health
  2. Implement a teamwork approach to reviewing and presenting a public health problem
  3. Apply project management theories to public health practice
  4. Analyse, summarise and explain issues related to public health to stakeholders
  5. Apply professionalism and teamwork skills in workplace contexts.
  6. Analyse and apply project management principles and processes to a public health project


  • Development activities (6 x 5%) (30%)
  • Teamwork presentation (5 minutes per student, plus question time) (10%)
  • Critical reflection (1200 words) (20%)
  • Project management plan (2400 words) (40%) Hurdle

Workload requirements

The total workload requirement for this unit is 12 hours of work per week.

This incorporates 15 contact hours over 3 days + Off-Campus learning (OCL) (including private study and written reflections on professional practice issues through an online forum as formative tasks).

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study