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Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Overview

If you are curious, enjoy solving problems and have a desire to make a lasting impact on the health of communities and populations, then a Graduate Certificate in Public Health will start your journey.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a six-month program which lets you explore patterns of health and disease and develop skills to help minimise the number of people affected by preventable illness, disease, injury or death. You'll benefit from a program that is evidence-based and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with organisations such as AusAID, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and international ministries of health.

During your study you'll 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.

You can also choose part of your program to focus on an area of particular interest to your career goals. Some of the specialisations offered at the School of Public health include include nutrition, global health, indigenous health, health promotion and disease prevention and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

On completion, you may choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or the Master of Public Health. Courses in the Graduate Diploma in Public Health are taken from the Master of Public Health course list so you can transfer study credits across the programs.

Location
Herston
Duration
Half Year (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5181
AQF
Level 8
Location
Herston
Fees
A$16712 (indicative per year)
Duration
Half Year
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5181
CRICOS Code
037400A
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Enjoy a flexible program with a mixture of internal and external delivery, with all core courses offered internally and externally to support your study preference.
  • Benefit from a program that is evidence-based and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with Australian and global health organisations.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma or Master of Public Health and transfer study credits across the program.

1 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

37 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Social Perspectives in Public Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Systems

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Health promotion coordinator
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker
  • Public health medical registrar
  • Environmental health officer
  • Research associate
  • Digital health coordinator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Primary health manager
  • Policy and research officer

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

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.

Prerequisites

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.

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 language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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

Additional application information

All core (Part A) courses are offered in both internal and external mode. Please note that elective (Part B) courses may or may not be offered in external mode.

If a student wishes to complete the program by external mode only, then their choice of elective courses will be reduced.

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Standard

This plan offers students maximum course choice and flexibility.

It ensures that all students gain the essential knowledge and skills required to work as public health professionals across a wide range of populations and countries. It includes introductory courses to biostatistics, epidemiology, and environmental health as well as health systems and social perspectives in population health. 

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Standard

This plan offers students maximum course choice and flexibility.

It ensures that all students gain the essential knowledge and skills required to work as public health professionals across a wide range of populations and countries. It includes introductory courses to biostatistics, epidemiology, and environmental health as well as health systems and social perspectives in population health. 

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $16,712

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health for one semester in 2020. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (8 units per semester).

The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,640

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Public Health for one semester in 2020. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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 learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit