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Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree 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.

Higher education


Specifically, applicants require an undergraduate degree from a tertiary institution preferably in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.

English 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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award degree 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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au 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 http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a multidisciplinary health degree designed for public health practitioners and others wanting to develop skills and knowledge in public health. Students undertake core subjects covering a broad range of public health issues and these subjects can be credited towards further study in the either the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or, if accepted into the degree, the Master of Public Health.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are advised to enrol in MPH401 Health Research Methods and MPH404 Foundations of Public Health as their first two subjects. 

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health students must complete 4 subjects or equivalent.

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