PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement

External - Summer - 2018

The MPH Professional Practice Placement provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience, at a professional practitioner level, with an industry partner working in the public health and related sectors. Students undertake a population health project (or series of related activities) in a practice context. Through the practicum project students apply public health concepts, skills and knowledge obtained through their studies as well as participating in activities that further develop their skill set, add new tools to their professional toolkit, and assist them to understand organisational cultures and the everyday challenges of public health practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 7079
    Course MPH Professional Practice Placement
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Summer
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 12
    Contact Placement up to 3 days per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Student should have completed all core courses prior to commencing their placement
    Incompatible PUB HLTH 7094EX, PUB HLTH 7077
    Restrictions Only available to students undertaking the Public Health specialisation in the MPH
    Course Description The MPH Professional Practice Placement provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience, at a professional practitioner level, with an industry partner working in the public health and related sectors. Students undertake a population health project (or series of related activities) in a practice context. Through the practicum project students apply public health concepts, skills and knowledge obtained through their studies as well as participating in activities that further develop their skill set, add new tools to their professional toolkit, and assist them to understand organisational cultures and the everyday challenges of public health practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess

    Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess
    Phone: +61 8313 3468
    Email: teresa.burgess@adelaide.edu.au   
    Location: Level 9, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Email: askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8313 0273
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Students will be placed in an approved workplace to undertake a project (or series of activities) negotiated between the workplace, the course coordinator and the student.

    Students will work in the workplace for the equivalent of up to 3 days per week over a full time semester, although this may be undertaken as a block or intensive depending on the project or the industry partner requirements.

    Throughout the placement, students will complete a professional practice portfolio where they record the professional practice activities that they have completed from a set of activities defined by the school including professional ethics, project management, communication skills, cultural competency and career development activities.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Describe and reflect on their experience in applying public health skills and evidence-based practice within the workplace setting

    2. Communicate in formats (written and spoken) appropriate to the workplace.

    3. Work independently and cooperatively in a professional environment

    4. Apply public health concepts, skills and knowledge to a practical population health problem

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and professional obligations of a public health practitioner

    6. Use technology as appropriate to the workplace and project.




    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1 - 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 - 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni.



    Recommended Resources
    N/A
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used for delivery of online learning modules for the professional practice portfolio and all announcements and assessments will be provided Canvas.



  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/

    Learning Activities Summary
    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/

    Specific Course Requirements
    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/

    Assessment Related Requirements
    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/

    Assessment Detail
    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/

    Submission
    See PUB HLTH 7079 - MPH Professional Practice Placement External - Semester 1 - 2018.

    https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109348/1/sem-1/2018/

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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