How can we create the right conditions so people can be healthy? A degree in public health will let 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 (four course) 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.
  • On completion, 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.

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    UQ Medicine is the leading provider of education and research in Queensland and has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. We were also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 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
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

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.

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:

Courses and Programs

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.

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