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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

If you are curious, enjoy solving problems and have a desire to make a lasting impact on the health of communities and populations, then a Graduate Certificate in Public Health will start your journey.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is a six-month program which lets you explore patterns of health and disease and develop skills to help minimise the number of people affected by preventable illness, disease, injury or death. You'll benefit from a program that is evidence-based and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with organisations such as AusAID, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and international ministries of health.

During your study you'll complete four core courses from a range of different options. Core courses introduce topics and disciplines relevant to public health, including environmental health, health promotion, epidemiology, health systems, and biostatistics.

You can also choose part of your program to focus on an area of particular interest to your career goals. Some of the specialisations offered at the School of Public health include include nutrition, global health, indigenous health, health promotion and disease prevention and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

On completion, you may choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health or the Master of Public Health. Courses in the Graduate Diploma in Public Health are taken from the Master of Public Health course list so you can transfer study credits across the programs.

Program highlights

  • Enjoy a flexible program with a mixture of internal and external delivery, with all core courses offered internally and externally to support your study preference.
  • Benefit from a program that is evidence-based and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with Australian and global health organisations.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma or Master of Public Health and transfer study credits across the program.

Fields of study
Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Standard

Campus Information


Herston is UQ’s core campus for clinical health teaching and research. Located just minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Herston is home to UQ’s Medicine and Public Health schools, the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Oral Health Centre, and the research activities of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. UQ Herston shares premises with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, allowing students and visitors to rub shoulders with leading health researchers, academics and professionals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Health promotion coordinator
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker
  • Public health medical registrar
  • Environmental health officer
  • Research associate
  • Digital health coordinator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Primary health manager
  • Policy and research officer

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

An approved degree, or

A post-secondary qualification and a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare or public health setting.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Medicine, Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary Sciences.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.