Graduate Certificate in International Health - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2018 course information for this course is now available. View 2018 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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Please Note: This course is currently not accepting new applications.

The Graduate Certificate in International Health enables students to develop their knowledge and skills in international health. Students study a combinations of units which are based on current knowledge and practice in international health. These units relate to the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the planning, management and delivery of appropriate health programs and services throughout the world.

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the Graduate Certificate:

  1. analyse environmental, physical and psychosocial determinants of health to effectively integrate principles of primary health care into practice, to plan, manage and deliver appropriate health programs and services to improve the wellbeing of individuals and families in developing countries and marginalised communities; conduct research or scholarly work to contribute to the practice in international health
  2. critically appraise environmental, physical and psychosocial factors that affect health of vulnerable individuals and families in developing countries and marginalised communities; respond creatively and reflectively to global, regional and local health problems; use research to develop evidence-based strategies for improving health vulnerable and marginalised communities
  3. access, evaluate and synthesise up-to-date information in the dynamic field of international health; evaluate and synthesise the available primary and secondary evidence to promote change that will improve health programs and services
  4. demonstrate quality written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in academic, professional and the community settings; engage in strategic communication in writing and orally with various audiences in global health care contexts (for example, stakeholders and donors)
  5. creatively and appropriately utilise available technologies in a variety of settings; collect and manage information ethically and effectively; inform ongoing learning needs and evidence based practice for academic and professional community
  6. demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning; identify the use of lifelong learning skills and ability to incorporate own learning opportunities in international practice and influence others in continued learning in the profession
  7. recognise and apply global perspectives to health problems in vulnerable and marginalised communities; integrate international evidence-based practice into international health practice; conduct research or scholarly work to contribute to national and global community health issues
  8. integrate principles of cultural security, advocacy and social justice into the care of all clients; have a high level of awareness and skills to understand and respond to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives
  9. conduct research or scholarly work to contribute to professional and ethical practice in international health; work collaboratively and demonstrate leadership within an interdisciplinary team to plan, manage and delivery health care services that will promote change to improve the health and well being of individual and family in developing countries or vulnerable and marginalised communities.

All postgraduate degrees at the International Health programme at Curtin University are recognised by current employers of our graduates and prospective students e.g. Australian Red Cross, Medicins sans Frontieres. Our degrees are listed in the Australian Aid Resource and Training Guide (AARTG) as an oppportunity for aid practitioner training in the humanitarian and development sphere.

Please Note: This course is currently not accepting new applications.

Selection will be based on academic background. The applicant will provide completed OUA Application forms, a curriculum vitae including relevant work experience, names and contact details of two professional referees, scanned originals of academic qualification(s), a brief statement of specific interests in international health (maximum 250 words) and acceptable evidence of English proficiency.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results.

Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in International Health students must complete 4 units or equivalent.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
International Health and Primary Health Care
INH110 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries
INH120 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Ethics in International Health
INH170 CUR Sess 1 - -
Indigenous and Global Health
INH190 CUR - Sess 2 -

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

Session 2 2016 Changes

Graduate Diploma in International Health and Graduate Certificate in International Health have undergone a major change.

Please refer to the links below for further information and transition arrangements.

Transition_Arrangements_for_Graduate Diploma in_International_Health_Session_2_2016.pdf

Transition_Arrangements_for_Graduate_Certificate_in International_Health_Session_2_2016.pdf

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