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0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time
0.5 year/s full-time


This course is only available as an Alternative Exit
Onshore - This course is only available as an Alternative Exit
Offshore - No

Credit points required


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This Graduate Certificate is an exit only award, and is available to students who discontinue their study in the Master of Public Health or the Graduate Diploma of Public Health, after successfully completing four or more units as prescribed in the course structure.

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health equips you with the tools to investigate, critique and respond to real world population health problems in local and global contexts. Unique features include learning from acclaimed Menzies School of Health Research professionals in the specialist areas of Indigenous health, global health, public health practice and health research. You'll work to acquire key public health knowledge and skills and to analyse and interpret population health information, evaluate and design public health interventions, and formulate strategies to address complex health and social issues. You'll apply public health approaches to health promotion, disease control, health systems, health policy, decision-making, the environment, and sustainable development goals.

As a graduate, you may find national and international career opportunities in professional public health practice, health policy and planning, epidemiology, communicable and chronic disease control, health research, community development, or aid work. This course requires a high-level of academic reading and writing, so if you're not confident in your academic literacy skills, you're encouraged to take advantage of the University's academic support services.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Course Fees are not applicable to this course as it is an exit only award.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $14,760.00. This equates to $3,690.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study public health at CDU?

Now, more than ever, Australia needs Public Health experts to develop evidence-based strategies that benefit the community. At CDU, you'll learn to understand and address public health issues on a local and global scale, creating an array of career opportunities in policy making, research and disease prevention, health promotion, and more.

  • #2 Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Work with health agencies and complete your own community health project
  • Study as it suits you, with online, on campus, full-time and part-time options

What will I study?

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health is a 40 credit point exit award. The core unit covers essential knowledge and skills in public health. The choice of specialist electives provides you with opportunities to explore various areas of public health practice, Indigenous health and global health.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
(1 unit)
Compulsory Core unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below:

PHM567 Public Health

Specialist Electives
(3 units)

Specialist Elective units totalling 30 credit points selected from ANY of the following streams.

Public Health Practice Stream
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM552 Epidemiology
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)

Indigenous Health Stream
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

Global Health Stream
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Course Total 40cp  

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

There are no recommended study plans for this course as it is an alternative exit award from the Master of Public Health or the Graduate Diploma of Public Health. See eForms for further information or contact Student Central.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

This course is not available for direct entry however is available as an alternative exit from the Master of Public Health (SPUBH1) or the Graduate Diploma of Public Health (TPUBH1).

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


I wanted to pursue my HDR under the mentorship of leading malaria researchers. Menzies School of Health Research, a fundamental part of CDU, is highly known for its impact in infectious disease research, not only in Australia, but also globally.


CDU Student

Dr Damian Oyong

Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Graduate Certificate of Public Health
Menzies School of Health Research
Area of study
Public Health, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

Domestic applications

This course is not available for direct entry however is available as an alternative exit award from the Master of Public Health or the Graduate Diploma of Public Health. Applicants interested in this course are encouraged to apply for the Master of Public Health SPUBH1 or the Graduate Diploma of Public Health TPUBH1.

To apply for an alternative exit please see the Alternative Exit Award information provided through eForms.


For further information please contact Charles Darwin University Student Central for assistance.

T: 1800 061 963 (freecall)
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