Graduate Diploma in Public Health - 2018

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

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 8 units to complete

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The Graduate 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 who are successful in gaining entry to the Curtin Master of Public Health course can have units passed in the Graduate Diploma credited to their master degree.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. apply a systematic and coherent body of knowledge to a range of public health contexts
  2. think critically to generate and evaluate complex ideas and propose possible solutions
  3. critically analyse and evaluate information drawn from multiple public health data sources
  4. use appropriate skills and tools to transfer complex knowledge to a variety of audiences
  5. use current technologies applicable to public health
  6. ability to transfer knowledge from one context to another within public health
  7. analyse the effects of environment, culture and economic development on public health outcomes
  8. apply theories of social justice to issues of inequity and social disadvantage as they impact on individuals and communities
  9. demonstrate well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a public health practitioner.

This qualification in Public Health has international recognition in the Health industry.

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or directly into the Master of Public Health applicants need to have completed either:

1. Academic:

an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution preferably in in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.


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 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 MPH404 Foundations of Public Health early in their study program. MPH401 Health Research Methods is a prerequisite for MPH406 Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Public Health students must complete 8 units or equivalent.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Health Research Methods
MPH401 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Public Health Nutrition Principles
MPH403 CUR - Sess 2 -
Foundations of Public Health
MPH404 CUR Sess 1 - -
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
MPH4062 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Introduction to Health Promotion
MPH522 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Health Policy and Decision Making
HTHM801 CUR Sess 1 - -
Environmental Health Management
MPH4051 CUR - Sess 2 -
Public Health Response to Climate Change
MPH6821 CUR Coming in 2019

1 Students can choose either MPH405 or MPH682 as one of the core units.
2 This unit has prerequisite, students should ensure that they have studied the required units before enrolling.

Complete 1 unit from the following 13 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries
INH120 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
International Nutrition
INH130 CUR Sess 1 - -
Sexually Transmissible Infection and HIV: International Perspectives
INH140 CUR - Sess 2 -
Environmental Health Management
MPH405 CUR - Sess 2 -
Health Impact Assessment
MPH509 CUR - Sess 2 -
Politics and Power in Public Health
MPH515 CUR - Sess 2 -
Environmental Health Risk Assessment
MPH516 CUR Sess 1 - -
Public Health Practicum (previously Professional Practice in Public Health)
MPH5182 CUR - Sess 2 -
Public Health Special Topics
MPH585 CUR Coming in 2019
Public Health Response to Climate Change
MPH682 CUR Coming in 2019
Safety and Quality in Health Care
HTHM503 CUR - Sess 2 -
Strategic and Operational Health Management
HTHM601 CUR - Sess 2 -
Principles of Health Planning and Evaluation
HTHM803 CUR - Sess 2 -

2 MPH518 has practicum placement requirement.

Retired unit, MPH521 Physical Activity and Health used to be an option in this stream. If you have completed this unit, it will be counted towards your degree.

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

2018 Changes

The Public Health Stream in the Master of Public Health course has been deactivated. Current students will be able to complete their studies, as all units are available in other streams.

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

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