English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
Up to 1 year of part-time study.
The course is only available to students on a part-time basis.
Our Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence equips you with a strong understanding of epidemiology to inform public health decision-making, policy and practice. You will be immersed in the study of surveillance, investigation, prevention and control of public health events, and will learn about outbreak detection and response including contact tracing, as well as public health preparedness.
Are you ready to make a difference to the health of populations around the world?
The COVID-19 global health crisis has seen the demand for experienced health specialists grow significantly. The Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence explores public health from a holistic point of view, giving you the well-rounded skills, knowledge and practical experience to meet this demand and to apply real-world solutions at a local and international scale.
Suitable for clinical and non-clinical health professionals, as well as graduates from other disciplines, the course equips you with crucial problem-solving and data analysis skills to provide epidemiology intelligence to health departments and decision makers. You’ll explore two key study areas that work together to give you the best possible grounding in the field.
At the heart of epidemiology is quantitative research. The epidemiology units will train you to find, evaluate and interpret the right data, allowing you to shape policy and practice with evidence-based insights.
Explore fundamental statistical concepts in a health context and build experience applying biostatistical techniques to health-related data. This expertise is essential when modelling data, testing hypotheses and analysing case-control studies.
You’ll be taught by highly experienced, internationally renowned experts, giving you unrivalled access to some of the world’s most innovative research, including the world-class COVID-19 research produced by Deakin’s Institute for Health Transformation. By drawing on the latest research, we can ensure the course is relevant, informed and reflective of the true nature of the industry.
As a qualified health professional working in the largest and fastest-growing industry in Australia, career opportunities will be diverse. From public health research roles to opportunities within international organisations such as the WHO and UNICEF – your job prospects will be varied and vast. Upon graduation, you’ll also have the option of continuing your studies. You can develop advanced skills and build even more industry experience by articulating into one of the following masters courses:
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Health Economics
- Master of Health Promotion
- Master of Health and Human Services Management
- Award granted
- Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence students must attain 4 credit points.
The course comprises 4 core units (these are compulsory). All core units will be offered at Burwood campus and online.
All commencing Faculty of Health undergraduate and postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).
Recognition of Prior Learning can be granted depending on previous studies and professional experience.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Should you wish to progress to a Master of Public Health, Master of Health Promotion, Master of Health Economics or Master of Health and Human Services Management as a graduate of this course, you will be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning.
Trimester 1 intake
Trimester 3 intake
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
The trimesters of the course require a part-time commitment, with a substantive load of required learning activities and study time. Although the course is designed for working health professionals, students will on average spend 150 hours per unit credit point over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities
See individual unit descriptions for full details.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability.
English language requirements
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
Entry requirements include:
- Bachelor Degree or higher OR
- two years relevant work experience OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Fees and scholarships
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence will be eligible to receive 4 units of credit and articulate to:
or receive 2 units of credit and articulate to the
The worldwide demand for qualified health professionals is at an all-time high. Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology Intelligence enables you to join organisations focused on solving a broad range of health issues, including cancer, reproductive health, obesity, food security, violence and HIV.
Some areas you’ll be prepared to work in include:
- health departments in all levels of government
- public health research roles in government, industry, universities and hospitals
- medical research in research institutes, universities, private business and hospitals
- international organisations such as the WHO, UNDP and UNICEF.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Collect, critically analyse and communicate epidemiological research and data to inform public health decision making.
Analyse, synthesize, interpret and communicate epidemiological concepts and scientific evidence to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Use appropriate technologies to locate and analyse epidemiological data, and interpret and disseminate findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Demonstrate critical thinking to independently analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex epidemiological research data and evidence, to make high level and independent judgements to inform health service programs, policy and practice.
Utilise epidemiological methods to interpret data, identify the determinants of disease and disease risk, and plan and evaluate public health interventions.
Operate independently to understand epidemiological concepts, maintain self-awareness, and critically analyse bias and confounds to support expert judgement.
Identify and reflect on effective teamwork skills and principles required to collaborate with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.