Graduate Certificate in Public 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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This course has restricted enrolment. You must apply and be accepted before you can enrol in units.

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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 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Introduction to Health Promotion
MPH522 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Foundations of Public Health
MPH404 CUR Sess 1 - -
Health Policy and Decision Making
HTHM801 CUR 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

2017 Changes

  • MPH513 Evaluation of Health Promotion and MPH517 Diversity and Difference in Health Promotion have been removed from the Health Promotion stream of the Master of Public Health.
  • MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health and MPH515 Politics and Power in Public Health have been removed from the Optional Units for Master of Public Health stream of the Master of Public Health.
  • MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health had been removed from Optional Units for Health Policy and Management, Optional Units for Health Promotions, and Optional Units for Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics streams of the Master of Public Health and Optional Units stream of the Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

The following new units have been added:

  • MPH585 Public Health Special Topics
  • MPH580 Principles, Practice and Evidence in Health Promotion
  • MPH590 Contemporary Practice in Health Promotion

Students who had completed the units that have been removed from the courses, prior to 2017, will be given credit towards the completion of their courses.

Curtin University will provide updated study plans to current students.

If you need further advice with the new course structure, please contact

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.

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.

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