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Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Start your career in public health
Begin a journey of exploration into public health issues, approaches, principles and policies. Consider the indicators of good health, and what it takes to promote better health. Prepare yourself for opportunities at a community level.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
This degree aims to equip graduates with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve population health and well-being in an ethical, evidence-based manner.
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, graduates should be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of major public health issues, approaches, principles and policy
- Analyse and utilise best available evidence to support public health action
- Demonstrate advanced skills necessary to critique and implement particular types of public health interventions, taking account of values such as respect for human rights, the dignity of the human person and commitment to social justice
A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of Public Health programs in Australia. According to a recent public health workforce study, these opportunities are typically within the public or not-for-profit sector; however, one-quarter of postgraduate public health graduates are employed in the private sector.
Approximately half of all postgraduate public health graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors.
Managerial, analytical and program-/project-based roles are common destinations for postgraduate public health graduates. For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, a postgraduate public health degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field (e.g. different roles or modes of practice).
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have an undergraduate degree (or higher) in health or related discipline.
English Proficiency Requirements
Students must meet English Language requirements as follows:
- IELTS: Overall score 6.5, Individual score of 6.0 in all test
- PTE: 61 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills
- TOEFL: Internet based total of 90, minimum 25 writing
- ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%)
- CAE: Overall CAE of 176, Minimum individual score of 169 in all tests
ACU will consider requests for advanced standing based on prior studies to a maximum equivalence of 2 subjects (20cp).
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health equips graduates with knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve population health and well-being. The degree prepares graduates to practice with a community, national or global focus, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.
On successful completion of the degree, graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of major public health issues, approaches, principles and policy; analyse and utilise best available evidence to support public health action; and demonstrate skills needed to critique and implement particular types of public health interventions.
Articulation from this course into the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or the Master of Public Health is available.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to follow the pattern of subject enrolment set out in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide, unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator. In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 4 subjects from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.
Schedule of Unit Offerings:
- History and Principles of Public Health
- Health Promotion
- Determinants of Health
- Public Health Law and Policy
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete subjects from the Schedule of Unit Offerings
Submission of Application to Course Complete form to ACU