What will I learn?

The Doctor of Health is a professional doctorate consisting of higher degree coursework and research, designed specifically to meet the research needs of health industry and health professional groups.

The Doctor of Health fosters excellence in health professional practice by developing the capacity of individuals to conduct research within their professional contexts. It encourages close cooperation across the university/industry/professional interface and provides a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly inquiry.

The course normally takes up to four years of full-time equivalent (EFT)* study and consists of coursework (30%) and research (70%) components.

This award is independently assessed by a minimum of two examiners external to the University on the successful completion of the dissertation or portfolio of published papers and coursework components.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

Course Objectives

The Doctor of Health will provide experienced health professionals with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in their professional context and may formalise workplace-based research and development. Its interdisciplinary nature and opportunity for inter-professional research provides a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly enquiry.

The course aims to develop the research competencies of candidates by equipping them with the ability to evaluate different conceptual approaches to health related issues in the context of their own experience and workplace. The emphasis is on applied and translational research and associated organisational change, the contribution to knowledge, and dissemination of research findings through publication.

Candidates will acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.

At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:

cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice
cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning
communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community
expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice

Career outcomes

In Australia and around the world, Professional Doctorate graduates are highly regarded as potential employees.

The Professional Doctorate is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work and cooperate with colleagues and communicate effectively in writing at a high level.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Medicine

CRICOS

091987J

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,392.00 (US$ 27,759) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February, July 2022

Venue

Rozelle - Sydney Campus

Corner of Church and Glover Streets,

LILYFIELD,

New South Wales,

2040, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,392.00 (US$ 27,759) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February, July 2022

Venue

Launceston Campus

Newnham Drive, Newnham,

LAUNCESTON,

Tasmania,

7250, LAUNCESTON, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

PhDs normally require the equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree with upper second class Honours or higher. English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 92 (26 in writing and speaking, and 20 for reading and listening); PTE Academic 58 (58 for writing and speaking with no other score lower than 50); UTAS Access Level 7 English Language Training - 65 (65 for writing and 65 for speaking and no other test score less than 60); CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) - B (Equivalent to the Council of Europe level (CEFR) of C1 or above).

For international students

Admission to the Professional Doctorate is based on a demonstrated capacity to undertake significant research in the field of Health and Health Services. Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant Health sector experience (usually a minimum of 5 years) and demonstrate their level of competency against four skills areas:

Conceptual and theoretical understanding/knowledge of the field;
Research design, data collection and data management skills/ ability to undertake research;
Analytical and interpretative skills (e.g. data analysis, critical analysis, problem solving); and
Communication skills

Applicants may be eligible for entry through formal qualifications or an alternative pathway.

Applicants will be considered who have been awarded either:

a Bachelor's degree with second class Honours or better from a recognised tertiary institution;
a research Masters' degree with at least two-thirds of the degree comprising a thesis;
a coursework Masters' degree or graduate diploma which includes a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words (must equate to a minimum 25% research component of the entire degree); or
a qualification at a level from another tertiary institution considered equivalent by the Dean of Graduate Research.

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - 6.5 (6.5 for writing and speaking and no other band less than 6.0 (academic module))

TOEFL (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 92 (26 in writing and speaking, and 20 for reading and listening)

PTE Academic 58 - 58 (58 for writing and speaking with no other score lower than 50)

UTAS Access Level 7 English Language Training - 65 (65 for writing and 65 for speaking and no other test score less than 60)

CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) - B (Equivalent to the Council of Europe level (CEFR) of C1 or above)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Tasmania (UTAS)

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