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Graduate Certificate in  Public Health

Program code: 5181
CRICOS code: 037400A

Location

Herston

Duration

Half Year full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

How can we create the right conditions so people can be healthy? A degree in public health lets you explore patterns of health and disease beyond the biology of the individual, so you can minimise the number of people affected by preventable illness, disease, injury or death.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Public Health 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 core courses from a range of different options. Core courses introduce topics and disciplines relevant to public health, including environmental health, health promotion, epidemiology, health systems, and biostatistics.
  • Benefit from a program that is evidence-based 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 Public Health or the Master of Public Health. Because public health courses are taken from the same course list, you can transfer study credits across the programs.

If you're interested in preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting healthy lifestyles, a degree in public health might just be for you.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    This program is taught through the School of Public Health, which is ranked number two in the Asia Pacific for Public Health. UQ was also ranked 30 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.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 1 fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

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Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is usually undertaken for professional development reasons – career progression, or broadening areas of expertise.

Careers in public health are diverse and graduates work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Roles might include:

  • medical and health services manager
  • health promotion officer
  • community health worker
  • public health analyst
  • program support officer
  • environmental health officer
  • policy analyst
  • health administrator.

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

Summary

  • Program code
    5181
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    037400A

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

An applicant must hold:

  • an approved degree, or
  • a post-secondary qualification and have a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare or public health setting.

    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, view the English proficiency policy.

    Visa requirements

    International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

    The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

    There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health 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 Public Health. 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.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Health Service Executives
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health 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.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Standard

This plan introduces health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds to the fundamentals of public health, enabling them to assess the broad context of health related problems in the general population and in specific population groups.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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 $15,840
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

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

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All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health is 5181. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

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All core courses are offered both internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program by internal or external mode only then their choice of elective courses will be reduced.

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

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 Public Health 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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