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Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. apply a systematic and coherent body of knowledge to a range of public health contexts
  2. think critically to generate and evaluate complex ideas and propose possible solutions
  3. critically analyse and evaluate information drawn from multiple public health data sources
  4. use appropriate skills and tools to transfer complex knowledge to a variety of audiences
  5. use current technologies applicable to public health
  6. ability to transfer knowledge from one context to another within public health
  7. analyse the effects of environment, culture and economic development on public health outcomes
  8. apply theories of social justice to issues of inequity and social disadvantage as they impact on individuals and communities
  9. demonstrate well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a public health practitioner.

This qualification in Public Health has international recognition in the Health industry.

Higher education

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or directly into the Master of Public Health applicants need to have completed either:

1. Academic:

an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution preferably in in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.


2. Graduate Certificate:

the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, the Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, the Graduate Certificate in Children’s Environmental Health or the Graduate Certificate in International Health with a course weighted average of at least 65 (Credit)

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 Diploma in Public Health degree is a multidisciplinary health degree designed for public health practitioners and others wanting to develop skills and knowledge in public health. Students undertake a number of core subjects covering a broad range of public health issues. Students who are successful in gaining entry to the Curtin Master of Public Health degree can have subjects passed in the Graduate Diploma credited to their master degree.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are advised to enrol in MPH404 Foundations of Public Health early in their study program. MPH401 Health Research Methods is a prerequisite for MPH406 Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Award Requirements

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

2017 Changes

MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health had been removed from the Optional Units stream of the Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

Students who have completed the units that have been removed from the courses, prior to 2017, will be given credit towards the completion of their courses.

Curtin University will provide updated study plans to current students.

If you need further advice with the new course structure, please contact PHealthStudentSupport@curtin.edu.au.

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