Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCertPubHlth)

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of core and elective coursework in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, social science research methods for public health, public health policy and evaluation, health systems and advocacy, occupational, environmental, and global health and infectious disease epidemiology and control.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of public health including advanced levels in epidemiology and biostatistics and also including environmental health sciences, health policy management, and social and behavioural sciences.
2. Locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner to: 2.1 conduct an appraisal of policy in context 2.2 make decisions in the face of uncertainty.
3. Apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future health problems, including the capacity to deal with Indigenous health issues.
4. Display skills of a higher order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication.
5. Demonstrate a proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary public health technologies, towards the development and evaluation of public health interventions, using epidemiological, biostatistical, economic and social science approaches.
6. Consider ethical, social and cultural issues in demonstrating professional skills and responsibilities in the field of public health, including Indigenous health.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Certificate in Public Health

There shall be a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 6 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 6 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 6 units.

Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 7074 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PUB HLTH 7090 Global Public Health 3
PUB HLTH 7091 Public Health Evaluation and Economics 3
PUB HLTH 7092 Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change 3
PUB HLTH 7093 Promoting Health in Individuals and Populations 3
PUB HLTH 7113 Environmental and Occupational Health 3