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 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 degree weighted average of at least 65 (Credit)

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 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 Global Public Health Challenges early in their study program. MPH401 Epidemiology and Evidence is a prerequisite for MPH406 Quantitative Methods.

Award Requirements

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

The revised degree will remain a 200 credit point degree (8 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 and will be notified accordingly.

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