Graduate Certificate in Public Health - 2016

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

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

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Course summary - 2016

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

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a multidisciplinary health course designed for public health practitioners and others wanting to develop skills and knowledge in public health. Students undertake core units covering a broad range of public health issues and these units can be credited towards further study in the either the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or, if accepted into the course, the Master of Public Health.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. apply discipline specific knowledge in an area of public health
  2. think critically in problem solving and decision making
  3. access and use information technology to access, evaluate and interpret public health data and transform information to complete a range of activities
  4. communicate effectively in various settings and/or for different audiences within the context of public health activities
  5. use current technologies applicable to public health
  6. demonstrate responsibility for personal outputs
  7. explain how different national contexts impact on the health of individuals and communities
  8. demonstrate an awareness of the impact of inequities and social disadvantage on the health of individuals and community
  9. demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and within a team environment.

Graduates will have the skills to effectively plan, implement and evaluate public health programs in a variety of settings. This qualification in public health has international recognition in the Health industry.


Specifically, applicants require an undergraduate degree from a tertiary institution preferably in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.

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

Students are advised to enrol in MPH401 Health Research Methods and MPH404 Foundations of Public Health as their first two units. 

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

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Health Research Methods
MPH401 Curtin Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Introduction to Health Promotion
MPH522 Curtin Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Foundations of Public Health
MPH404 Curtin Sess 1 - -
Health Policy
HTHM801 Curtin Sess 1 - -

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

2016 Changes

The Master of Public Health, Graduate Diploma in Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health have undergone a major change in 2016.

  • The new unit MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion has replaced existing unit MPH402 Concepts in Health Promotion Planning as a core unit.
  • Due to the deactivation of MPH512 Nutrition Promotion,  this unit was replaced with INH130 International Nutrition under the Public Health Stream of the Master of Public Health.

Students who have completed MPH402 and MPH512 prior to 2016 will have the unit counted towards their degree. Please contact the course coordinator, Dr Helman Alfonso, at +61892662958 or email for transition arrangements.

2015 Changes

Master of Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Public Health have undergone a major change.

Starting Session 2 2015, students will be able to choose to complete either MPH405 Environmental Health Management OR MPH682 Public Health Response to Climate Change as core unit. If both units were completed, one will be counted as an Optional Unit.

A list of Optional Units have been added within each of the streams to give students more unit options to choose from.

HTHM502 Organisation of Health Care Systems has been removed as part of the Master of Public Health. Students who have completed this unit prior to Session 2 2015 will have it counted towards their degree.

2014 Changes

In 2014 Curtin University will introduce a new version of the Master of Public Health/Graduate Diploma in Public Health/Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Students in the current version will be able to complete their course. Completion may involve minor changes for some students. Some students may be able to transfer to the new version of the course.

For Master of Public Health:

The following notes are provided to assist students in the current courses with the minor changes necessary to complete the course.

Students who have passed less than 8 units AND have NOT passed HTHM501 Communication for Health and HTHM805 Ethics in Public Health will be moved to the new version of the course, unless they specifically request to stay in the current version. The structure of the new course can be found at the Course Units tab.

The following units will be withdrawn at the end of 2013

  • HTHM805 Ethics in Public Health
  • MPH505 Occupational Diseases
  • MPH514 Behaviour Change Communication

Please refer to the Transition Arrangement Document for more information.

For Graduate Diploma in Public Health:

The unit HTHM805 Ethics in Public Health has been withdrawn. Students who have passed HTHM805 will have it counted in their degree. Students who have not passed HTHM805 should enrol in MPH682 Public Health Response to Climate Change.

The unit HTHM501 Communication for Health is no longer included in the course. Students who have passed HTHM501 will have it counted in their degree. Students who have not passed should enrol in HTHM801 Health Policy.

For Graduate Certificate in Public Health:

New students or students who have completed only the units MPH401 Health Research Methods and/or MPH404 Foundations of Public Health should move to the new course.

The units in the new course are:

  • MPH401 Health Research Methods
  • MPH404 Foundations of Public Health
  • MPH402 Health Promotion Planning
  • HTHM801 Health Policy

Students in the pre-2014 version of the course who have completed other units from the majors will be able to finish the course they commenced.

Students in the Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics major of the pre-2014 Graduate Certificate in Public Health will need to take the following four units: MPH401, MPH501, MPH503, MPH502 or HTHM502.

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