Master of Health Promotion - Workplace Practicums

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Work practicum opportunities

In today’s workplace, employers are looking for graduates with work experience who can quickly play a significant role and help the organisation achieve its objectives. Undertaking a work practicum as part of your USC degree helps you prepare to meet these expectations.

Students enrolled in a Master of Health Promotion will need to complete at least 1 workplace practicum. For students enrolled on-campus you will need to complete PUB715 Health Promotion Professional Learning I (Virtual). On-campus students then have the option to do a second workplace practicum, PUB716 Health Promotion Professional Learning II, as an elective and if places are available. Online students need to complete PUB716 Health Promotion Professional Learning II.

Overview of the placement courses

PUB715 Health Promotion Professional Learning I (Virtual) is an on-campus placement, where students work in small groups to complete a project task for a local organisation. The placement is supervised in weekly workshops by the course coordinator and students then allocate independent work time to progress their project, hence in a ‘virtual’ workplace. Students will still participate in host organisation meetings in person or by phone/skype. The workplace learning experience are aligned to International Health Promotion competencies.

PUB716 Health Promotion Professional Learning II placements are based with external organisations and give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience prior to completing their studies and seeking employment in the field. The workplace learning experience, including projects and tasks asked of students, are aligned to International Health Promotion competencies. Students complete a minimum of 75 hours of practical experience with a relevant organisation. Organisations may include government (eg. Queensland Health, local council), non-government (eg. Heart Foundation), academic (eg. Research and consultant organisations) or charity-based (eg. Red Cross). In addition to locally based placements, there are opportunities for rural and remote placements in Australia, as well as interstate and overseas options.

Placement essentials (mandatory requirements)

To be eligible for work practicum, both PUB715 and PUB716, you must complete the following requirements:

All documentation will need to be uploaded to your WILS online* account before you begin your practicum. Additional mandatory information will be provided to you during your program.

*WILS online available to current enrolled students only

Remuneration and insurance

Please note that no remuneration or payment is made by the organisations to the students or to the University for hosting a student on work placement. Students undertaking an approved placement are covered by the University’s insurance policies.

How to apply

Students are required to submit an expression of interest for work placement. Please note that organising the projects for placement takes time. Students need to submit an expression of interest form well in advance of the beginning of the Semester or Session.

More information

More information is available in the Public Health Programs Portal* in Blackboard.

The site contains:

  • The Student Practicum Information Manual
  • Pre-requisites and mandatory information for work placement
  • Expression of interest forms

*Available to current enrolled students only

Contact

For any further questions regarding work placements for PUB715 and PUB716 please contact the course coordinator:

Kara Lilly
Public Health Workplace Integrated Learning Coordinator
Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering
School of Health and Sport Science
Email: klilly@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 3445

For general enquiries about School of Health and Sport Sciences work integrated learning opportunities please contact:

Clinical Placements Administrative Assistant
Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering
Email: SHSSplacements@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5823

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