Graduate Certificate in  Public Health

Program code: 5181

Delivery location

Herston

Duration

Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)

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 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.

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 (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 8

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.

    Learn more about the admissions 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, please see Programs and Courses 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.

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Public Health pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,080
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate 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. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

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

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

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 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

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