JCU professor honoured as a Fulbright Ambassador

11 March 2016

James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat AM has been selected as a Fulbright Ambassador.

James Cook University public health
Prof Peter Leggat AM

Professor Leggat is one of 27 distinguished Australians based in Australia and in the United States (US) selected for a new flagship initiative by the Australian American Fulbright Commission, which awards prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for study in the US.
He received his certificate of appointment as a Fulbright Ambassador from the Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills Victoria, and the US Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr John Berry, at the Fulbright Presentation ceremony honouring 2016 Fulbright Scholars held in Melbourne on Feb. 25.
“It was an honour to be selected as an Inaugural Fulbright Ambassador,” Professor Leggat said.
“Fulbright Ambassadors will contribute to enhancing and promoting the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and help to strengthen cultural and academic exchange between Australia and the US,” he said.
“I am looking forward to further championing the Fulbright Scholarship program, particularly here in northern Queensland.”
Professor Leggat is the only Fulbright Ambassador selected based in Queensland and his initial term will run for two years over 2016 – 2017.
Established 66 years ago, the Australian American Fulbright Commission hosts the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship program, which aims to promote educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the US as well as support research and study by Australians in the US and the by Americans in Australia.
As a measure of the prestige and impact of the program, there have been more Nobel Prize winners (54) among Fulbright Scholarship alumni than from any other exchange program.
Professor Leggat, himself a former Fulbright Scholar, is based in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences in Townsville.

James Cook University Public Health School

JCU has one of the largest postgraduate programs in public health in Australia with more than 800 students enrolled. Courses include a popular disaster and humanitarian health specialisation at Graduate Certificate and Masters level and these courses have received national and international recognition.
The Master of Public Health at James Cook University enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics.
There are five majors available within the Master of Public Health: Generic, Aeromedical Retrieval, Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, Communicable Disease Control and Health Promotion.
Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged  to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.
Entry Requirements
In order to be considered for JCU’s Master of Public Health, applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field; or
  • provide evidence of other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or
  • at the discretion of the Dean of College submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities.

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