Graduate Certificate in Health Protection
Learn how to jump into action during a health crisis
If you work in healthcare or emergency services, then this timely course could be for you. Discover how to respond to public health incidents like COVID-19 outbreaks and bushfire smoke. Understand the science and regulations behind public health surveillance.
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Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills to function in, contemporary health protection practice.
- Apply microbiological processes and principles and utilise this to prevent and control the spread of infection.
- Analyse information on environmental hazards, assess potential health impacts and relative risk.
- Demonstrate skills to respond to public health outbreaks and incidents using a systematic approach.
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate surveillance data to inform health protection practice.
This course has been designed to facilitate contemporary health protection practices for those working across the surge workforce in a range of areas and abilities. On completion of the course, you will be armed with the knowledge to effectively assist in surge capacity environments. This extends across the health profession, from allied health, general practitioners and nurses through to executive management and leadership groups.
As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection, you will have demonstrated professional competencies in health protection practice with specific application to public health incidents relating to communicable diseases and environmental health. This course is relevant to people working within local, state, national or international government, hospital staff, residential care staff, non-government agencies, and emergency response workers.
You will also be supported to continue study in the Master of Public Health.
An relevant undergraduate degree at AQF7 level or above, or equivalent, from an approved tertiary institution in the fields of health sciences, medicine, nursing, science, psychology, social sciences, health professions, or health services management
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Applicants may also be eligible for this degree by showing approved relevant work experience, qualifications or other special circumstances as approved by the dean or delegated authority. Refer applications to UTAS
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Protection develops professional competencies required for effective surveillance of and response to public health incidents in Australia, and globally.
It will provide you with the skills required to investigate and respond to outbreaks of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, and environmental health risks such as smoke from bushfires. You will gain an understanding of environmental health concepts, the epidemiology of communicable diseases, core communicable disease control principles, the objectives of public health surveillance systems, and legislation and regulation in place to manage public health risks. The course has been developed in close collaboration with Public Health Services, Department of Health Tasmania, ensuring that graduates are practice-ready and have strong links with practitioners, employers and systems that address health protection.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Protection is delivered online, using real-world examples and practical assessments. Active discussion boards and online tutorials will support you in the online learning environment. The practical, applicable topics, combined with experienced lecturers with relevant, contemporary knowledge of health protection practices, provide an engaging online learning environment.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students must complete 4 subjects as outlined in the below recommended study pattern:
4 core subjects:
- TAS-CAM617 Environmental Health
- TAS-CAM626 Communicable Disease Epidemiology
- TAS-CAM636 Public Health Surveillance
- TAS-CAM637 Outbreak Management
Successful completion of 4 subjects from the schedule of subject offerings, finishing within 1 to 3 years
Students who are unable to complete the degree may exit from the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection where the requirements of the Graduate Certificate have been met.
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
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