Take the health profession to the next level
Do you have a passion for making a difference? The Doctor of Health is a research degree designed for health professionals seeking a doctoral qualification in a health-related field.
USQ is rated well above world standards in pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, medical and health sciences and therefore you will study alongside internationally-renowned health researchers. This program incorporates scientific and/or industry collaboration which will provide opportunities for research and knowledge development in health related areas. The aim of this doctoral degree is to advance your theoretical and conceptual understanding of issues faced in the health sector and equip you with skills to identify and solve these challenges.
As a doctoral student, you will also contribute to the outstanding research produced at the University of Southern Queensland through an individual research paper, publication, and scientific or industry collaborations.
Doctor of Health or PhD?
The Doctor of Health is designed for health professionals looking to upgrade their skills, knowledge and qualifications through a combination of coursework and research project work.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
Loan to help you pay your fees
All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral program, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research program.
As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.
If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the program, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees.
Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:
- have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
- have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR program. Once a student completes an HDR program, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
Applicants must have one of the following:
- a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or
- a Masters degree (with a significant research component), or
- other qualifications and/or experiences equivalent to a minimum Second Class Honours (Division A), as deemed appropriate by the respective faculty.
Normally, all students will be enrolled as provisional candidates, with their status being reviewed through the Confirmation of Candidature process. Student are expected to complete the Confirmation of Candidature within 12 months full-time, or 24 months part-time enrolment. The Confirmation of Candidature process consists of two components:
- a written document; and
- an oral presentation to a review panel leading to a recommendation on Confirmation of Candidature.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
How to apply
Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 20 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.