Graduate Certificate of Public Health

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health focuses on improving existing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing strategies and interventions to ensure equity in the health system.

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Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 have closed

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health focuses on improving existing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing strategies and interventions to ensure equity in the health system.  It aims to:

  • assist students to appreciate the historical foundations of public health and lessons learned from history;
  • develop a broad-based understanding of the determinants of health in populations;
  • develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the broad public health endeavours
  • develop the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and improve upon existing health-promoting environments
  • develop critical thinking about efforts to promote health and prevent disease
  • develop strategies to ensure equity in the health system and interventions to promote the health of disadvantaged groups.
  • possess an appreciation of the complex challenges in public health and the need for multidimensional solutions;
  • develop the skills necessary to generate and use research data related to public health issues, endeavours and interventions.
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Course structure

Students complete the Graduate Certificate of Public Health which consist of 3 core units and 1 elective unit. 

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).

Three core units:

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Epidemiology 1
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Plus one elective unit from the following list: 

  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies
  • Health Promotion
  • Research Literacy
  • Health Equity and Human Rights
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Public Health
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    H547J
    Level
    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.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a a National Police Record Check, a Working with Children Check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.

    Workload

    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, practicals 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.

    Participation requirements

    Elective units involving internships or collaborative research and work based training arrangements can occur at any time including during standard holiday breaks listed here 

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $3,975 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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 fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Students completing the Graduate Certificate of Public Health can articulate into a higher award, the Master of Public Health (H757)

    Students may also be eligible for RPL into the following courses:

    H759 – Master of Health Promotion

    H704 – Master of Health Economics

    H756 – Master of Health and Human Services Management

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888
    myfuture@deakin.edu.au
    Enquire online

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Public Health practitioners work in international organisations such as the WHO, UNDP and UNICEF; the non-government sector (e.g. organisations focussed on cancer, tobacco, drugs, reproductive health, obesity, food security, violence, HIV); the government sector; local councils, and other diverse settings.

    Professional recognition

    All students will receive a one-year membership to the Public Health Association of Australia while studying. This will provide invaluable access to events, journals, publications, special interest groups, job opportunities and mentors

    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

    Apply knowledge of public health theory, policy, surveillance, disease control and prevention, research principles, and recent public health developments in Australia and globally to practice and scholarship.

    Communication

    Communicate public health evidence, issues and solutions in an effective and coherent manner to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Digital Literacy

    Demonstrate digital literacies in public health practice and scholarship to locate, interpret and transmit knowledge, data and ideas.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate public health evidence, theory and solutions.

    Problem Solving

    Use appropriate analytical and research methods to identify and interpret public health problems and propose appropriate solutions to prevent disease and injury and protect and improve health.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate effective self-management skills, autonomy and accountability applicable to public health professional practice.

    Teamwork

    Collaborate and communicate effectively with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

    Global Citizenship

    Apply ethically appropriate research and practice skills to the appraisal of public health related issues and generate appropriate and culturally sensitive responses.

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