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C11250v1 Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GradCertPH)
UAC code: 940894 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 088083J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


Public health refers to organised efforts to prevent disease, promote health and reduce health inequalities in entire populations. A postgraduate public health degree is recognised worldwide as being invaluable for a career in public health. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is an introductory course intended for both non-medical and medically qualified students interested in a career in public or global health, research or practice. Through this course, students acquire skills in planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health offers flexibility, with a wide range of electives. UTS utilises a combination of face-to-face teaching, including block days, and online educational delivery. Academic staff are highly experienced clinicians and researchers, and recognised as leaders in their chosen fields of public health.

Course aims

Upon completion of the course, graduates have an internationally recognised qualification. They have developed skills and acquired knowledge essential for the modern public health professional. Specifically, the course covers topics including:

  • global public health
  • communicable and infectious diseases
  • health promotion
  • health education
  • reproductive and sexual health
  • Indigenous health
  • primary healthcare
  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • qualitative research methods.

Career options

Graduates are well-equipped to work in a range of public health roles in government or private sectors, as well as in not-for-profit organisations; in disciplines such as: environmental health, epidemiology, health education, health policy, and health promotion.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Demonstrate reflective critical thinking to enable critical appraisal of current practice, policy and research with the aim to enhance health care and health care outcomes, and transform health
1.1 Locate and apply research and population health data for understanding surveillance, management, prevention of disease and illness and promotion of health
1.2 Apply research methods to a variety of public health problems
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive health professionals and potential leaders in a particular health field
2.1 Identify relevant knowledge of leadership approaches on matters critical to public health
2.3 Support contributions to policy related dialogue and evaluation of public health strategies in the community
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable when engaging with individuals, families, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and jurisdictions
3.1 Interpret the efficient use of resources and equity of access to public health services and programs
3.2 Identify accountability in the practice of data collection, access, storage and distribution
4.0 Communicate effectively and appropriately in challenging, complex and diverse situations
4.1 Analyse effective strategies in modes of communication necessary to optimise outcomes in Public Health practice and research
4.2 Examine how to engage partnerships on matters critical to public health
5.0 Embody the international standard of professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role in regional, national and global health
5.1 Explore knowledge and skills within public health in order to prioritise a commitment to reducing disease, disability and illness
5.2 Maintain professional standards and engage in lifelong learning
5.3 Appreciate cost factors related to healthcare utilisation and choice
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and well-being
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

This evidence may include extensive relevant work experience in a healthcare or human services field.

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but who have extensive relevant work experience in a healthcare or human services field and can demonstrate the capacity to undertake tertiary study may also be considered eligible.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Subjects are offered via on-campus study. Part-time students usually study two subjects a session.

Dates for 2018 are:

Course structure

The course comprises 24 credit points, made up of 18 credit points of core subjects and 6 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91048 Core subjects (Public Health) 18cp
CBK91096 Electives 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

An example part-time program is shown below.

Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
96702 Foundations in Public Health   6cp
96704 Social Perspectives of Public Health   6cp
Spring session
92296 Epidemiology and Population Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Public Health (C11250), the Graduate Diploma in Public Health (C07126), the Master of Public Health (C04302) and the Master of Public Health (Advanced) (C04303).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

Course coordinator: Professor Andrew Hayen