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Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Some subjects require face-to-face attendance on campus
February, July
12 months part-time
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent
Not applicable
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JCU Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance graduates are specialised professionals who find employment in a variety of local and global health settings.

Graduates pursue careers in healthcare in urban, rural, and remote environments, as well as overseas in developing countries.

Specialise in a field you are passionate about with JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance. This course is designed for health professionals and graduates who want to develop skills and knowledge in this area.

Be equipped to provide a coordinated and informed public health response in humanitarian emergencies and disaster settings both nationally and internationally. Build upon your current healthcare knowledge and learn from award-winning lecturers and experts with real world experience.

Learn and apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge across a range of real-world disaster and displacement scenarios. Take advantage of JCU’s world-class tropical research facilities.

JCU Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance graduates are highly-trained specialists who contribute valuably to the field of disaster health and humanitarian assistance.

This course is delivered externally and is available part-time only.

View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Heath and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, form this or another university; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or

Submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health related activities.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.  In assessing applications the following will be considered: prior academic performance and prior relevant work experience.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of refugee health, with depth in the political, demographic, epidemiological, organisational and cultural factors in the provision of health care in the emergency phase of humanitarian response to refugee crises

  • Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the planning and response to disasters across diverse contexts with depth in risk assessment, priorities of care, recovery, resilience, political, ethical, cultural, legal, epidemiological impact, psychological, organisational roles and responsibilities

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to accurately assess the needs and resources required for humanitarian aid provision in emergency refugee situations

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to risk assessment, prioritise response, work with a range of organisations, and deliver care in a disaster context

  • Exercise high-level judgment in the design of public health strategies to reduce excess morbidity and mortality in both emergency refugee situations and disasters

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non‐specialist audiences

  • Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for their own future personal and professional development and contribute to the professional development of others, by engaging in critical reflective practice in relation to knowledge, skills and attitudes and their application to disaster and refugee health.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management





Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance at the Townsville campus


Expected time to complete

12 months part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not applicable

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $12,620 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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