Degree details

Wanting to learn more about the growing global threats of healthcare-associated infection and communicable diseases?

This is the longest running and most successful tertiary infection prevention and control program across Australasia. You’ll learn from international experts in infection prevention and control who practise what they teach. It's a degree informed by the latest evidence-based knowledge, ensuring you’re prepared to lead practice.

Infection prevention and control professionals establish, manage, and lead effective infection control and prevention programs that deliver high quality and safe healthcare across a variety of settings. These include acute, community and population-based settings, including hospitals, extended care and residential care facilities. In addition, infection prevention and control professionals make important contributions to the development of policy, standards, and guidelines for practice in healthcare locally, nationally and internationally.

The Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control is recognised by the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control as a core component of recognition as an Advanced Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-A). The Advanced CICP demonstrates the knowledge, attributes and behaviours in infection control at an advanced level. In practice settings they have leadership responsibility for one or more elements of an infection control program, and work closely with Expert Credentialled Infection Control Professionals to provide guidance and oversight in co-ordinating an entire program.

Graduates are recognised for their expertise and ability to apply specialist and expert infection prevention and control knowledge and skills in a range of settings. The Master of Infection Prevention and Control is recognised by the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control as a core component of recognition as an Expert Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-E). The Expert CICP is able to plan, implement, review and evaluate comprehensive infection control programs, apply core principles to challenging circumstances and generate new evidence for practice.

Graduates with accreditation as an Expert Credentialled Infection Control Professional are leaders in knowledge generation and contribute to the evolution of the discipline of infection control. They act as professional role models and mentors to Primary and Advanced Infection Control Professionals in accordance with relevant guidelines and the best available evidence.

Professional recognition

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) recognises graduates of this award.

Higher education

All applicants seeking to undertake a Master of Infection Prevention and Control must hold:

  • a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline (health, medical, nursing or scientific) from a recognised higher education institution and a GPAof 4.0 and above
  • OR a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control from Griffith University and students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

The Direct Entry Program (DEP) pathway is not accepted for this program.

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of the Master of Infection Prevention and Control (MInfecPreventionCont), a student must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:

  • Standard pathway:
    • gain 80 credit points for core courses;
    • gain 10 credit points for a research elective course;
    • gain 30 credit points for listed elective courses.
  • Dissertation pathway:
    • gain 70 credit points for core courses;
    • gain 10 credit points for a research elective course;
    • gain 40 credit points for dissertation courses.