Warning! This degree has changed. Read the transition arrangements.

Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

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 degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees 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.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, 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 Epidemiology and Evidence and MPH404 Global Public Health Challenges as their first two subjects. 

Award Requirements

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

The revised degree will remain a 100 credit point degree (4 subjects). The new structure will give the students more flexibility. Some of the subjects have been removed from the structure while current and new subjects are added.

All current students will have their individual study plans updated if required. Students will be notified accordingly.

For further details or advise, please email postgradpubhlth@curtin.edu.au.