Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Melbourne
  • Open Universities Australia

1 year part-time.

Domestic students


ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Public Health equips graduates with knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve population health and well-being. The course prepares graduates to practice with a community, national or global focus, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.

On successful completion of the course, graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of major public health issues, approaches, principles and policy; analyse and utilise best available evidence to support public health action; and demonstrate skills needed to critique and implement particular types of public health interventions.

Articulation from this course into the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or the Master of Public Health is available.

Course duration

1 year part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • Open Universities Australia (Online)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $10141 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have an undergraduate degree (or higher) in health or related discipline.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Career paths

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of Public Health programs in Australia. According to a recent public health workforce study, these opportunities are typically within the public or not-for-profit sector; however, one-quarter of postgraduate public health graduates are employed in the private sector.

Approximately half of all postgraduate public health graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors.

Managerial, analytical and program-/project-based roles are common destinations for postgraduate public health graduates. For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, a postgraduate public health degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field (e.g. different roles or modes of practice).

Pathways to further study

Graduate Certificate in Public Health students may articulate into either the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or Master of Public Health programs. Graduates may also progress to a research degree (eg ACU Master of Health Sciences Research).

More course information

ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Public Health program is distinguished by:

  • Study options and flexibility to meet the needs of postgraduate students who are also working; for example, on-campus or online study mode, intensive unit teaching schedules (including weekends);
  • A curriculum designed with reference to Australian and international conceptual frameworks for public health;
  • A focus on illustrating theory with relevant, practical examples of established and emergent public health issues and contemporary social issues with substantial health impacts, such as homelessness and cyber-bullying;
  • Assessment tasks designed to simulate practice-relevant data, situations, problems or issues, with students assessed on their responses as public health practitioners;
  • An articulation option from this program into either the ACU Graduate Diploma of Public Health or the Master of Public Health. After successful completion of all units in this program, students can progress to the remaining four core public health units (Graduate Diploma level) and from there, to second-year Master of Public Health studies;
  • Alignment of public health’s professional values with ACU’s Mission; for example, striving to achieve prevention of illness and improved, equitable health outcomes for all people (public health practice) with the pursuit of the dignity of the human person and the common good (ACU’s Mission).

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