This course is a multidisciplinary, flexible degree that provides students with the opportunity to learn key principles in public health, leading to a wide range of careers. It also provides a pathway to graduate entry and postgraduate clinical programs (for example medicine, social work, nursing and allied health) as well as honours and higher degrees by research.
Undergraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
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Admission and fees
3 years FT
Full-time study only.
Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
On-campus (South Africa)
Some units in this course require students to undertake off-campus site visits and/or placements. These may occur in a range of settings and can include travel to metropolitan and rural areas. Students are required to be flexible, as hours of attendance/work may vary.
Bachelor of Public Health
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
The Bachelor of Public Health strives to graduate entry-level practitioners in the fields of public health programs, policy and/or research who can:
- identify and explain the determinates of illness, health and wellbeing
- develop, implement and evaluate public health programs
- recognise social and cultural diversity and the skills and apply the skills and resources required for working across diverse populations in global and African contexts
- demonstrate awareness of equity, human rights and social justice in relation to health in Africa and international contexts
- access, critically appraise and apply the best available evidence to the professional practice of public health
- conduct ethical research using appropriate paradigms
- integrate knowledge of relevant public policy and health and social care systems into practice
- demonstrate professional skills such as, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, working in a team, operating from an ethical framework, reflective practice and ongoing professional development.
Credit for prior studies
Credit may be granted for formal learning, such as a course offered by a professional body, enterprise, private educational institution, or by any other accredited provider recognised by Monash South Africa.
The maximum amount of credit that can be granted is 72 credit points.
Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.
Immunisation and infection requirements
In accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, this course requires that students comply with the faculty's Immunisation and vaccination policy and proceduresImmunisation and vaccination policy and procedures (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/immunisation/). These are designed to provide maximum protection against the increased risk of some vaccine preventable diseases for students, patients and workers in a health care setting.
This policy, and the associated procedures require that students have certain specified vaccinations, and have their blood borne virus status determined, before they commence a clinical placement. Students who have not complied with this policy may not be able to undertake clinical placement, with the attendant academic consequences.
Prospective students are provided detailed information on the effect of blood borne virus infection on the scope of practice of health care workers. Students who test positive to a blood borne virus (including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) will be required to consult a specialist medical practitioner approved by the faculty to provide advice on any necessary restrictions on work practices to protect patients and others from infection.
This course requires students in some units to undertake off-campus site visits and clinical placements.
The Bachelor of Public Health is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).
This course develops through the themes of population, communities, health and illness; the scientific basis of healthcare and professional practice skills.
Part A. Population, communities, health and illness
The focus of these studies is the social, environmental and behavioural contexts of ill health, disease and injury and broad societal issues such as health promotion, the application of epidemiology and statistics in the assessment of health risk in populations, public health, community diversity, population and global health. You will also develop a sound understanding of evidence-based practice.
Part B. Scientific basis of healthcare
These studies provide the foundation scientific knowledge of human systems and technology that you will require to become an expert in public health.
Part C. Professional practice skills
This theme addresses competencies for public health science practice and programs to promote health and prevent disease. The focus will be on the incorporation of the best available research evidence with the clinical reasoning skills of assessment, management, evaluation and health care across the lifespan and across a spectrum of environments and circumstances.
Part D. Elective study
Elective units can be chosen from the school at Monash South Africa. Electives must be taken at first, second and third year levels as appropriate to the course year. Suitable units can be identified using the index of units by faculty (school) in the current edition of the Handbook. Note: Some units may require permission from the owning school. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3.
This course comprises 144 points, of which 114 points are from Public Health study and 30 points are available to provide additional depth and breadth through elective study.
The course develops through theme studies in: A. Population, communities, health and illness, B. Scientific basis of healthcare, and C. Professional practice skills etc.
Electives must be taken at first, second and third year levels as appropriate to the course year.
Units are six credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Population, communities, health and illness
- Data, evidence and critical thinking in health
- Foundations of public health
- Health care systems: Global and local
- Biological bases of health and disease 2
- Global health: Opportunities and challenges
- Health promotion: Global and local
- Research methods in the health sciences
- Contemporary health challenges
- Health for all in a global world
- Health policy and politics
Part B. Scientific basis of healthcare and Part C. Professional Practice skills
- Biological bases of health and disease 1
- Analysing patterns of health and disease
- Treatment and technologies
- Culture, society and health
- Health program planning
- Disease prevention and control
- Health program evaluation
- Health, law and ethics
- Health promotion practicum
Part D. Elective study (30 points)
Elective units can be chosen from the school at Monash South Africa. Electives must be taken at first, second and third year levels as appropriate to the course year. Students must complete at least one level 3 elective unit. Suitable units can be identified using the index of units by faculty (school) in the current edition of the Handbook. Note: Some units may require permission from the owning school. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3.
Progression to further studies
To be eligible to apply for entry into the Honours degree of Bachelor of Public Health, students must have completed a major within their chosen Honours area of study and obtained a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant units at level two and three, of which 18 points must be at level three in the major in which they wish to undertake honours. For some majors, completion of specific units or their equivalent is required for admission to honours. The details are provided with the requirements for each major to which this applies.