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.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6. More information is available at


1 year part-time


This course is available to International students studying offshore.
Cloud (online)

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

The role of public health professionals has never been more important. Study the Graduate Certificate of Public Health to take the first steps towards a leadership role in this vital field. Develop practical skills in public health practice, epidemiology and biostatistics, and explore evidence-based strategies that address modern health challenges, locally and internationally.

Want to get a taste for postgraduate study while boosting your career prospects in a field you are passionate about?

If you want to become a leading voice in public health, this course will give you the tools to make it happen. It is ideal for both clinical and non-clinical health professionals, as well as graduates from other disciplines who are passionate about improving the health of individuals, communities and populations.

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health focuses on evidence-based action that drives positive change across health systems. You will use the latest research to form strategies that tackle global health issues. Then bring your ideas to life by creating initiatives for policy change and interventions. Your initiatives will address disease prevention from a big-picture angle and promote the conditions that optimise population health.

This course features three core units from the Master of Public Health:

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Epidemiology 1
  • Biostatistics 1

These units give you a grounding in the strategies and practical techniques employed by public health professionals, with a particular focus on preventative measures and health equity. You will also be trained in key soft skills, such as problem solving, collaboration and leadership, ensuring you graduate with well-rounded capabilities. Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the option of enhancing your skills by continuing on to the Graduate Diploma of Public Health or the Master of Public Health.

Your learning will be shaped by Deakin’s world-class health research. You will have direct access to the research produced by the Institute for Health Transformation, which is led by internationally recognised researchers. Close links with cutting-edge research will allow you to gain critical insights for your current role and throughout your career.

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health can be completed online, at your own pace. This mode of study is a popular choice for students who are working in the health industry while studying. Use our premium online learning platform to fit your degree around your life and achieve your career goals on your schedule.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Public Health students must attain 4 credit points. Three are core units (these are compulsory) and one unit may be selected from a list of electives.

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).


Core units

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

    2022 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.

    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:
      • Cloud online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud online 

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud online

    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.


    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 course requires 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 over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities per unit credit point

    Participation requirements

    See individual unit descriptions for full details.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

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    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.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Entry pathways

    Students will be eligible to apply for credit for this course.

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

    Students may also be eligable for RPL into the following courses:
    H759 - Master of Health Promotion
    H704 - Master of Health Economics
    H756 - Master of Health and Human Services Management 


    Career outcomes

    The health industry is the largest and fastest-growing employment industry in Australia*. On top of this, the COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly increased the demand for public health practitioners. A postgraduate degree in public health puts you in a strong position to take advantage of this demand. Graduates can enjoy a broad range of career options and use their leadership skills to progress to senior positions.

    Public health practitioners have the skills and experience to work in international organisations such as the:

    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
    As well as:
    • the non-government sector (for example, organisations focused on cancer, tobacco, drugs, reproductive health, obesity, food security, violence and HIV)
    • the government sector
    • local councils.

    The course can also be used as a pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Public Health or the Master of Public Health. Continue your studies to develop more advanced skills, build industry experience and grow your professional network.

    Australian Government National Skills Commission Industry Employment Outlook 2021

    Professional recognition

    All students will receive a two-year membership to the Public Health Association of Australia while studying.

    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.


    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.


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


    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.