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JCU offers courses in health and medicine that reflect its commitment to the wellbeing of rural, remote, tropical and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

These courses cover the spectrum of health professions and are designed to make a difference in health and medicine, especially for northern Australia and the tropics.

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For information regarding scholarships available to JCU PhD students visit Scholarship Opportunities for prospective and current HDR candidates.

Further information

The Graduate Research School (GRS) at James Cook University manages PhD enrolments. For more information on finding a supervisor, please refer to AITHM Key Researchers.

AITHM and PhD Opportunities

AITHM encourages outstanding and highly motivated doctoral students with an interest in tropical health and medical research. 

PhD projects are available in one or more of AITHM’s key research themes.

AITHM's key research themes include:

AITHM is Australia’s leading medical research institute dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the Tropics, with a focus on infectious disease, chronic disease, the intersection between chronic and infectious disease and health systems research.

The Institute’s research outputs are strongly focused on the most pressing health issues facing tropical Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific and are recognised worldwide.

Research Focus Opportunities

Determining infectiousness of tuberculosis over time and its implications for TB control

Optimal drug combinations to combat regional tuberculosis isolates

Mechanisms driving TB susceptibility and vaccine efficacy in type-2- diabetes

Inequalities in costs associated with cancer: the potential of administrative data

Design of a pilot underground mining simulator (with MineSight, MasterMyne, Techserve, Mackay; several projects)

Inequalities in costs associated with perinatal care: the potential of administrative data

New treatments for human inflammatory diseases derived from parasitic worms and their secreted products

Researching a novel method for protecting underground miner from exposure to coal dust (Mackay; several projects)

Design of a real-time personal dust monitoring device (with industry partner, Mackay; several projects)

New diagnostic technologies for infectious diseases

Delineating the protective mechanisms against TB induced by mucosal BCG vaccination

Identify an effective intervention strategy for musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention in hospital based health practitioners (Mackay Base Hospital; several projects)

An investigation into Occupational Health Surveillance in Queensland (Mackay; several projects)

Design of custom pressure relief seat cushions in Rehabilitation Engineering (with Queensland Health, Rehabilitation Engineering, Brisbane; several projects)

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine - College & Centre affiliated opportunities