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Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research



Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research

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20 | Education & Training Division | Menzies School of Health Research 2003 Annual Report education & training division he Education and Training Division provides postgraduate education and training opportunities to health professionals. MSHR expertise in Aboriginal, remote and tropical health is reflected in the education and training offered by or supported through the Division. The Division is responsible for: coordination of the Public Health Coursework program comprising the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and Professional Doctorate; oversight of postgraduate research students studying at MSHR and providing specific skills training to postgraduate research students; and organisation of short courses for the benefit of MSHR staff, students and the wider community of health professionals. Public Health Coursework The Public Health Coursework program is accredited through Charles Darwin University (formerly Northern Territory University) and enjoys an excellent reputation, with particular emphasis on the support given to students. MSHR is also a member of the Australian Network of Academic Public Health Institutions (ANAPHI), a national organisation of 19 universities and public health institutes delivering public health coursework programs. Although the majority of our students are Territorians, the coursework program continues to attract highquality public health practitioners to the Territory. As many local students are employed by the NT Department of Health and Community Services, the Education and Training Division fulfils a significant professional development role for health service providers in the NT. MSHR is also well placed to attract Indigenous students and support study opportunities through our partnerships with the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Charles Darwin University. There was consistent growth in the coursework program with an increase in enrolments overall, particularly at the Graduate Certificate level and in the international (full-fee paying) category. Sixty-five students were enrolled in the coursework program, including 27 new enrolments in semester 1 and 19 in semester 2. Of the eight international students, four are studying full time in Darwin with the remainder studying part time from their home country. Thirty students graduated in 2003, including a record 18 graduands at the end of semester 1. MSHR offers both coursework and coursework-plus-treatise options for the Master of Public Health. In 2003, two students were undertaking their treatise in the Master of Public Health, and three students graduated from the Master of Public Health (Coursework and Treatise). Postgraduate research study Postgraduate research students are supervised by senior academic staff at MSHR in collaboration with researchers at other institutions when appropriate. Student research topics span the wide research interests of MSHR from molecular biology to population health and health services research. In 2003, there were 14 new students, including three international students with a total of 36 students enrolled at seven Australian universities. There were five PhD graduates and two graduates from the Honours program in 2003. Short courses Organisation and delivery of short courses continues to be streamlined and improved. In addition to attracting participants from the wider health professional community, short courses play an important role in MSHR staff recruitment and retention, and professional development. Four successful and well attended short courses were offered during 2003. T