Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Graduate Certificate of Public Health
What to expect
How to apply
If you are a health professional and you want to upgrade your skills, choosing a Graduate Certificate of Public Health will help you to develop core public health competencies. You can continue to work as you study at James Cook University (JCU), as this course is offered externally or via a mix of external and limited attendance and block mode study at JCU's Townsville campus.
Your studies will include tropical public health; epidemiology for public health; public health management or public health leadership and management; communicable disease control or environmental health.
With this Graduate Certificate, you can take the first steps towards upgrading your qualifications to a Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, a Master of Public Health, or a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
This 6 months full-time (or equivalent part-time) JCU Graduate Certificate course provides you with expertise to add to your existing, appropriate undergraduate degree - or to a professional qualification in a relevant discipline that is approved by the university. The core subjects available to you are:
- Epidemiology for Public Health
- Public Health Management or Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management
- Communicable Disease Control or Environmental Health
- Health Promotion or Tropical Public Health.
Achieving a JCU Public Health qualification will bring you the benefits of the excellent reputation throughout Australia and internationally that JCU's College of Public Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences has achieved. In fact the College delivers several programs that are unique to Australia - and to address a need that's of importance to public health in the tropics. For example JCU has a brand new Mosquito Research Facility - so when you're studying on campus, there's a chance for you to see research in action.
This course is designed for health professionals with a suitable undergraduate degree or recognised professional qualification in a relevant discipline. It offers a broad range of electives enabling you to specialise in public health issues relevant to tropical Australia and its near neighbours.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Graduate Certificate of Public Health
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, from 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 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Public Health will be able to:
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TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health
TM5513:03 Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy
TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health
TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Some optional subjects may require face-to-face on campus attendance
Expected time to complete
12 months part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
3 credit points
Supplementary exam for final subject
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to either the Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Public Health or Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under the graduate certificate.
Annual Tuition Fee: $12,620 (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.