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Graduate Certificate of Public Health

Graduate Certificate of Public Health (GCPU)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul
Note: The July intake (Semester 2) can only be completed part-time.

Overview

  • Help shape and improve our population’s health by studying postgraduate courses in public health.
  • Build a rewarding career by learning to develop and evaluate health programs for communities to promote health and wellbeing and manage causes of health – including biological, social, and environmental.
  • USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Public Health offers case-based learning and an integrated approach to teaching five main public health disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioural science.
  • Delivered online, you can study while making an impact and applying specialised skills in your current role.

Further study

After successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Public Health you can take the credit for your courses and go on to study the Graduate Diploma of Public Health or the Master of Public Health

Career outcomes

  • Public health practitioners collaborate with different healthcare teams to improve community health outcomes, and find work in organisations such as NGOs, clinics, community health centres, and local government. 

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in the area of health with a 4.8 GPA or higher;
    or
  • completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a different discipline with a 4.8 GPA or higher, and completed 1 year of full-time work experience in a healthcare setting.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we offer a number of bachelor degrees as pathway options available to you.  

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
2 x core courses 3
1 x elective 1
Total 4

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

During the degree, you are required to attend a mandatory on-campus residential school course at USQ Ipswich and mandatory online workshops in one course.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 3975
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 11720

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Friday 5 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 19 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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Begin your study journey today with Queensland's #1 University for graduate starting salary* and start the degree that’s right for you.

*Good Universities Guide, 2021

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