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Graduate Diploma in  Public Health

Program code: 5131

Delivery location

Herston

Duration

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

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
Summer Semester (01 Dec, 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 Diploma in Public Health is a one-year program designed for applicants with an approved degree. There are several ways of meeting admission requirements. For more information, see the Program Details tab.
  • Choose one field of study from six different options. In each field, you'll complete a range of core courses, specialist courses, and electives, to build and extend your knowledge. For details, see the Fields of Study tab.
  • 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 Master of Public Health. Because courses in the Graduate Diploma in Public Health are taken from the Master of Public Health 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

There are 6 fields of study available in the Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

The Graduate Diploma 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 diploma as a stepping-stone to the Master of Public Health program, which has a more comprehensive study plan, and offers greater professional opportunities.

Summary

  • Program code
    5131
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
    Summer Semester (01 Dec, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

An applicant must hold:

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Public Health at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

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 Diploma 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 Diploma in Public Health.

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

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Within the field of Public Health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are associated with a significant burden of illness and injury in populations around the globe. In addition, individuals, families and communities experience adverse social harms arising from specific patterns of intoxication, modes of drug use and illicit drug markets.

Global Health

The Global Health plan explores health in a globalising world. It focuses on the impact of global interdependencies, on the social, environmental and political determinants of health, inequalities in health and the transfer of health risks at unprecedented scale. It examines policy responses to these challenges that are shaped by countries, but increasingly by diverse transnational and multilateral actors that shape health. The study of global health therefore is multidisciplinary, extending beyond the disciplines of public health to embrace politics, development, human rights and law and political economy.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health promotion and disease prevention teaching emphasises a broad ecological perspective on health behaviour and health promotion, including understanding the scope and purpose of health behaviour theories, and identifying what is most relevant from those theories that may be applied in practice.

Indigenous Health

This field of study produces graduates with a broad understanding of health and illness of Indigenous Australia, and capacity to manage effective public health solutions in a culturally and socially appropriate way.

Graduates have the knowledge and skills to:

  • investigate and analyse Indigenous health needs
  • interpret policy
  • describe the major health issues in Indigenous Australia
  • operate effectively within an environment of changing social, economic and political circumstances
  • manage effective public health solutions through improved service delivery
  • plan, implement and evaluate health interventions
  • conduct meaningful research, sensitive to community needs and protocols

All fields of study are a mixture of internal and external delivery. All core courses are offered internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program either entirely by internal or external delivery the choice of courses is more limited.

Summer Semester entry is not available for international students.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly encouraged to apply.

Nutrition

This field of study provides broadly based academic training that develops an understanding of nutrition and its role in the public health agenda globally and at the local level. Topics of particular interest include the nutrition transition and meeting the challenges of both over and under-nutrition.

These studies aim to produce nutritionists who can:

  • assess the nutrition situation in populations and communities
  • formulate, implement and evaluate programs to prevent and alleviate nutrition problems
  • evaluate community nutrition programs
  • adapt nutrition programs to changing social, economic and technical circumstances
  • effectively communicate scientific findings

All fields of study are a mixture of internal and external delivery. All core courses are offered internally and externally. If a student wishes to complete the program either entirely by internal or external delivery the choice of courses is more limited.

Summer Semester entry not available for international students.

Standard

The Standard plan is the most flexible, including courses from across the School of Public Health's range of postgraduate offerings.

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 Diploma 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 $20,030
Indicative fee 2019

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

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. 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 Diploma in Public Health can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Public Health is 5131. 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 Diploma 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.
  • To commence study in summer - October 31 of the year of enrolment.

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

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