Warning! This course has restricted enrolment and currently not accepting new applications.

Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. analyse environmental, physical and psychosocial determinants of health to effectively integrate principles of primary health care into practice, to plan, manage and deliver appropriate health programs and services to improve the wellbeing of individuals and families in developing countries and marginalised communities; conduct research or scholarly work to contribute to the practice in international health
  2. critically appraise environmental, physical and psychosocial factors that affect health of vulnerable individuals and families in developing countries and marginalised communities; respond creatively and reflectively to global, regional and local health problems; use research to develop evidence-based strategies for improving health vulnerable and marginalised communities
  3. access, evaluate and synthesise up-to-date information in the dynamic field of international health; evaluate and synthesise the available primary and secondary evidence to promote change that will improve health programs and services
  4. demonstrate quality written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in academic, professional and the community settings; engage in strategic communication in writing and orally with various audiences in the global health care contexts (for example, stakeholders and donors)
  5. creatively and appropriately utilise available technologies in a variety of settings; collect and manage information ethically and effectively; inform ongoing learning needs and evidence based practice for academic and professional community
  6. demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning; identify the use of lifelong learning skills and ability to incorporate own learning opportunities in international practice and influence others in continued learning in the profession
  7. recognise and apply global perspectives to health problems in vulnerable and marginalised communities; integrate international evidence-based practice into international health practice; conduct research or scholarly work to contribute to national and global community health issues
  8. integrate principles of cultural security, advocacy and social justice into the care of all clients; have a high level of awareness and skills to understand and respond to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives
  9. conduct research or scholarly work to contribute to professional and ethical practice in international health; work collaboratively and demonstrate leadership within an interdisciplinary team to plan, manage and deliver health care services that will promote change to improve the health and well being of individual and family in developing countries or vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Professional recognition

All postgraduate degrees at the International Health programme at Curtin University are recognised by current employers of our graduates and prospective students e.g. Australian Red Cross, Medicins sans Frontieres. Our degrees are listed in the Australian Aid Resource and Training Guide (AARTG) as an oppportunity for aid practitioner training in the humanitarian and development sphere.

Higher education

Please Note: This course is currently not accepting new applications.

Applicants require an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution. The course is open to students from multidisciplinary backgrounds with those with experience in health sciences (nursing, public health, psychology, health promotion etc), social sciences, anthropology, sociology or social work are encouraged to apply.

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.

Please Note: This degree is currently not accepting new applications.

This degree enables students to enhance their knowledge and skills in international health. The subjects relate to the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the planning, management and delivery of appropriate health programs and services throughout the world. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, students may have the option of admission to the Master of International Health contingent upon academic performance.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in International Health students must complete 8 subjects or equivalent.