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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health: online and integrated into core Master of Public Health subjects

Lynnell Angus, Shaun Ewen, Leanne Coombe
  • Lynnell Angus
    Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia | lynnell.angus@unimelb.edu.au
  • Shaun Ewen
    Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Leanne Coombe
    The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Abstract

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is an internationally recognised post-graduate qualification for building the public health workforce. In Australia, MPH graduate attributes include six Indigenous public health (IPH) competencies. The University of Melbourne MPH program includes five core subjects and ten specialisation streams, of which one is Indigenous health. Unless students complete this specialisation or electives in Indigenous health, it is possible for students to graduate without attaining the IPH competencies. To address this issue in a crowded and competitive curriculum an innovative approach to integrating the IPH competencies in core MPH subjects was developed. Five online modules that corresponded with the learning outcomes of the core public health subjects were developed, implemented and evaluated in 2015. This brief report outlines the conceptualisation, development, and description of the curriculum content; it also provides preliminary student evaluation and staff feedback on the integration project.

Keywords

Indigenous public health; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Master of Public Health; higher education

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Submitted: 2016-01-15 04:34:32
Published: 2016-04-26 11:37:01
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