Graduate Certificate in  Epidemiology

Program code: 5478




1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Epidemiology is a core science of public health that has contributed to improving population health and increasing life expectancy. If you're interested in studying the distribution and determinants of health and disease, this program is for you.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is a six-month program designed for applicants with an approved degree. There are several ways of meeting admission requirements. For more information, see the 'Program details' tab.
  • Complete four courses: two compulsory courses and two electives. Core courses will build your knowledge of the scope epidemiology and biostatistics. Elective courses cover areas such as clinical practice and statistical methods.
  • Benefit from a program that is flexible and comprehensive and reflects UQ's strong links with organisations such as Australian Aid, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and international ministries of health.
  • Choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology or the Master of Epidemiology. Because epidemiology courses are taken from the same course list, you can transfer study credits across the programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology will develop your understanding of core principles, approaches, and analytic strategies used in epidemiology.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    This program is taught through the School of Public Health, which is ranked number one in Asia Pacific for Public Health. UQ was also ranked 30th in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Research

    Research leaders

    Our academics have worked on major public health projects with partners including the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Harvard University and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is usually undertaken for professional development reasons: for career progression, updating knowledge, or broadening areas of expertise.

Graduates typically work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, both in Australia and internationally. They may work in areas including education, public health, government, or clinical research.

Qualifications in epidemiology are also useful for roles in science communication and policy development in government or industry.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they work in – or use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to higher-level epidemiology programs, which have more comprehensive study plans, and offer greater professional opportunities.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


An approved degree; or

A post-secondary qualification and a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare or public health setting, as approved by the Executive Dean.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Medicine, Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary Sciences.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students can only undertake this program on an external basis from their home country and will not be eligible for an Australian student visa.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $16,712
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard part-time study load.

A standard part-time study load is 8 units per academic year. The fee for a study load less than 8 units per academic year is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is 5478. You'll need this when applying.

Due to the delivery mode or duration of this program, international students who want to study the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology will not be eligible for a Student visa (subclass 500).

In order to study this program in Australia, you must have a temporary Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement.

Alternately, some programs can be studied from outside Australia.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact UQ International.

Apply now

Additional application information

This program is not available to international students coming to Australia to study on a Student Visa as the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology cannot be undertaken full time due to course sequencing. International students can however, complete this program part time from their home country as the courses are offered in external mode.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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