The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health course is a multidisciplinary health course designed for public health practitioners and others wanting to develop skills and knowledge in public health. Students undertake a number of core units covering a broad range of public health issues.
Students can enter the course at three levels, the Graduate Certificate in Public Health; the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health; or the Master of Public Health. The course structure is integrated to enable students to move from the Graduate Certificate level or the Postgraduate Diploma level to the Master of Public Health.
On completion of the course students will be able to:
- Apply discipline-specific knowledge in an area of public health
- Demonstrate critical thinking in evaluating solutions to public health issues
- Access and critically analyse information drawn from a variety of sources
- Communicate effectively on public health issues keeping in mind the audience that the information is aimed at
- Demonstrate the capacity to apply current technologies applicable to public health
- Critically reflect on the impact of inequalities and social disadvantage on the health of individuals and communities
- Demonstrate effective self management skills that contribute to development of lifelong learning skills
- Apply ethically appropriate research skills to public health problems generating appropriate and culturally sensitive responses to it
This qualification in Public Health has international recognition in the Health industry.
To be eligible for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or directly into the Master of Public Health applicants need to have completed either:
an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution preferably in a health related or behavioural science area.
2. Graduate Certificate:
the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, the Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, the Graduate Certificate in Children’s Environmental Health or the Graduate Certificate in International Health with a course weighted average of at least 65 (Credit)
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education qualifications were not predominantly in English, the minimum English language requirements are:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic): with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (with no component score lower than 6.0).
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Curtin University before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters of Public Health are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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Applications will only be considered if academic records for all courses attempted or completed are included along with the certificate of award conferred.
Requirements of scanned documents:
- Documents must be scanned from the original documents. Scans from a photocopy or a faxed copy are not acceptable
- Documents must be scanned in colour
- Applicants must ensure no portion of the document is missing (look out for page numbers)
- Documents must be scanned at the original size. If the document is larger than A4 then the document should be scanned in A4 sized portions without size reduction
- If the document has markings or text on both sides e.g. a registration number then both sides must be scanned
- Scanned documents must be between 125 and 150 dots per inch
- File size of any single document should not exceed 3MB"
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To qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health students must complete 8 units or equivalent.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Available according to Curtin University policy. Students who have completed one of the Graduate Certificates may apply for their units to be credited towards further study in the Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Public Health. Students who have studied similar units at other Universities may apply for Credit. Students are encouraged to contact the course coordinator for further information and guidance regarding RPL applications.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are advised to enrol in HTHM501 Communication for Health and MPH404 Foundations of Public Health early in their study program. MPH401 Health Research Methods is a pre-requisite for MPH406 Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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