School of Population Health

Flexible online program delivery

Study Modes

Internal and External

All programs in the School can be completed by external (distance) study without attending any face-to-face classes on campus or internally. Students can also tailor their study by combining distance and face-to-face classes as it suits them. The School understands that our students have work and family commitments and require flexibility when completing their studies. Programs can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The School is aware that distance students require additional support and the school endeavours to provide information regularly via videos, student newsletters and online discussions in courses. 

Internal (Face-to-face)
Internal courses are conducted on campus with face-to-face classes held over 10 weeks. Many internal classes will also involve an online learning component such as discussion forums. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of face-to-face classes. Students who cannot commit to this should enrol in the relevant course in distance mode.

External (Distance)
External courses are offered fully online in distance mode over 10 weeks. Students may watch video recorded lectures and participate in other online activities including discussion forums, webinars, interactive online lessons and online quizzes. It is essential that distance students interact with other students and their lecturers online to get the most out of the course.

Residential School

A few external courses include a compulsory or optional introductory workshop which is held during the Residential School one week before Term starts. The workshops give students the opportunity to get an overview of the course and get to know their lecturers and fellow students before the term commences.   A timetable for the Residential Week can be found on the SPH Timetables website.

New students should also note that the School runs a number of induction and welcome sessions in the Term Residential School including:

  • Meet and Greet session to welcome new students to the school
  • Moodle Induction
  • EndNote training
  • Administration of your degree session

Students are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements to attend the Residential School.