Degree details

The Griffith Graduate Infection Control Program is the longest running and most successful tertiary infection prevention and control education program across Australasia. This specialist program prepares graduates for advanced practice in infection prevention and control by addressing local, national, and international trends in communicable diseases and infection.

From 2019, trimesters 1 and 2 intake will be available part-time only.

Graduates are work ready for the specialist area of infection prevention and control in a range of settings including hospitals, community health, public health, government departments, private consultancies and the wider industry.

The Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control is recognised by the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control as a core component of recognition as an Advanced Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-A). The Advanced CICP demonstrates the knowledge, attributes and behaviours in infection control at an advanced level. In practice settings they have leadership responsibility for one or more elements of an infection control program, and work closely with Expert Credentialled Infection Control Professionals to provide guidance and oversight in co-ordinating an entire program. Graduates with accreditation as an Advanced Credentialled Infection Control Professional are professional role models for Primary Infection Control Professionals in accordance with relevant guidelines and the best available evidence. They collaborate with Expert Credentialled Infection Control Professionals in applying core principles to new, unfamiliar or challenging circumstances.

Professional recognition

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) recognises graduates of this award.

Higher education

All applicants seeking to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control must hold:

  • a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline (health, medical, nursing or scientific) from a recognised higher education institution.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has instituted a Recognition of Prior Experience procedure for registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate qualification. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate eligibility requirements. The School of Nursing and Midwifery will determine eligibility for admission into the requested program based on application, curriculum vitae and referee reports.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

The Direct Entry Program (DEP) pathway is not accepted for this program.

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control (GCertInfecPreventionCont), a student must acquire 40 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for prescribed core subjects.