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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
Program Code40284

Study public health

When you study our Graduate Certificate in Public Health, you will develop an understanding of the patterns and causes of disease within populations through evidence-based interventions and learn about the current Burden of Disease in Australia, the region and globally.

You’ll also explore the biological, social and environmental courses of these patterns of disease and how economic and political processes, health systems and organisations will determine the effectiveness of public health responses.

Why study with us?

  • Ranked 1 in Australia by graduates for overall satisfaction in postgraduate Health Services and Support (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2019)
  • Tailored course selection – a variety of directed courses to choose from.
  • Learn from some of the best in the field - Our academic staff comprise award winning educators, experienced public health practitioners, health promotion professionals, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and researchers.
  • Study online at your own pace - the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will allow you to achieve your Graduate Certificate in Public Health at a time that suits you.

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12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at ‘well above standard’

What you will study

Core courses you will study include:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology


Career opportunities

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, you will have the foundational knowledge to prepare you to work across a range of public health areas including:

  • public health units
  • Local Health Districts
  • State and Commonwealth departments
  • non-government organisations
  • international health, development and humanitarian agencies

You also have the option of undertaking further study by enrolling in the Master of Public Health.

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Certificate in Public Health

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

  • Minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree in a field related to public health such as medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, dentistry, psychology, veterinary science, education, law, engineering, business, commerce, science and arts.
  • Applicants with a three-year undergraduate degree in a non-related field should possess a minimum of one year's work experience in a related field.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

You can look at Uni prep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

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