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Program Code40284

Program handbook


The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health is to provide graduates with the skills required to improve population health through appropriate planning and evaluation, assess determinants of health and illness, develop and implement effective and efficient approaches to health services and programs, and to demonstrate specialist skills in research and professional practice in the field population health practice, health promotion or health management, depending on the student's chosen field.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • critically evaluated public health issues and identified social, behavioural and environmental factors affecting health and illness.
  • analysed population health data and generated appropriate health promotion interventions for key target population groups.
  • assessed and evaluated effective and efficient approaches to public health programs for different health issues, among diverse population groups.


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Program code40284
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
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Admission information

Admission requirements

  • 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.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

Program requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is delivered online, and requires the completion of 40 units, including 30 units of core courses and 10 units selected from a directed course list.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EPID6420Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
HPRO6715Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
PUBH6300Introduction to Public Health
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Complete 10 units from the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
INDH6007Investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the public health context
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
PUBH6150Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
PUBH6210Qualitative Methods in Health Research
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
PUBH6301Chronic Disease and Injury Control
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PUBH6304Global Health
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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