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Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

  • ID:GU610185
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, a student must:

  • hold an undergraduate degree in an unrelated discipline (i.e. a degree in a discipline other than medicine, nursing, public health, environmental health, allied health, psychology clinical health, research, biomedical health or social sciences)

  • OR hold a health-related diploma plus two years relevant work experience in the public health sector

  • OR have a minimum of five years equivalent full-time work experience in health practice and/or administration/management/leadership roles within health related organisations and students would be expected to have career goals to work in public health-related organisations.

English Requirements 

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Course Information

Build healthy communities

Develop or further your career in public health practice, research and management with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health, recognised nationally and internationally as the credential for a career in public health. With an understanding of how local, national and international health systems are structured and operate, you'll be capable of planning and delivering effective programs to address our most challenging health issues.

You will focus on the socio-ecological model of public health that emphasises and analyses the important interactions between the social, biological, economic and environmental determinants of health. Throughout, there is opportunity for you to apply this analytical skill set to research, plan, implement and evaluate population-based interventions that protect and promote health.

This graduate certificate provides you the opportunity to focus on the area of public health that interests you. The diverse range of core and electives courses in areas such as nutrition, health promotion, environmental health, climate change, program planning and health services management, ensures you can tailor your studies to your own circumstances and aspirations.

Industry and expert connections

As part of your studies, you will learn alongside other public health graduates and professionals in a multi-disciplinary class environment. There are a range of different opportunities you will have to interact with your student peers, even if you're working online, including in seminars and group assignments. You'll also learn collaboratively from some of Australia's leading public health academics.

Graduate outcomes

Public health offers a diverse range of careers, including in private and hospitals, community health organisations, international aid, government departments, non-profit organisations, and more. With this graduate certificate, you'll have the expertise to specialise in public health within your existing field. This graduate certificate also offers pathways for further study in the Master of Public Health and the Master of Global Public Health.


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Students must complete 30 credit points from the following courses:

  • Global Health Systems - 7233MED

  • Healthcare Systems - 7304MED

  • Epidemiology: Principles and Practices - 7312MED

  • Environment and Population Health - 7111MED

  • Social Determinants of Health - 7311MED

  • Health Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation - 7881MED

  • Applied Field Methods in Public Health - 7708MED

Students must complete 10 credit points from the following courses:

  • Elective courses

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

With this graduate certificate, you could move into a range of roles that require a public health specialisation, including medical administration, welfare centre management, environmental health management and public health promotion. You could work in local, state and federal governments, not-for-profit organisations, federal and state health agencies, international health organisations, health and welfare organisations and associations, community service providers and medical and health research organisations.

Key employment sectors

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Education and Training

Potential job outcomes

  • Public health manager
  • Public health officer
  • Health Promotion officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Community Engagement Officer

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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