Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health

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Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health

Available to international students by distance education only
February, July
1 year part-time
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or equivalent
Not applicable
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Governments and professional bodies in Australia and internationally have increasingly identified that pharmacists and pharmacy services are currently under-used in the area of public health. They are targeting these services as a way of helping to meet national and international health goals.

Through this course, JCU provides you with the perfect opportunity to gain an additional qualification that will help you take the next steps in your career.

This one year part-time course, Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health, responds to an identified need for professional development options that facilitate improved delivery of pharmaceutical services, along with career growth opportunities for hospital and community pharmacists, and for pharmacists working in regional government positions throughout Australia or in developed or developing overseas countries.

This Certificate course can be credited towards a Master of Pharmaceutical Public Health.

Studying Pharmaceutical Public Health at JCU will introduce you to the key concepts and speciality of this growing area in the health domain. You will explore the pharmacist’s role in the public health domain and learn how to recognise priority areas for development, particularly in rural, remote and Indigenous communities and developing countries.

This course focuses on helping you acquire a systematic, coherent body of specialised knowledge in pharmaceutical public health. Working with JCU's expert lecturers, you'll develop a range of key skills including the ability to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, think critically and generate, evaluate and communicate complex ideas and knowledge to a variety of audiences.

You can select electives in areas relevant to, or that would enhance, your current clinical role. Among the speciality areas you'll study are:

  • Management of Pharmaceutical Services
  • Pharmaceutical Public Health Priorities
  • Management of Chronic Diseases
  • Pharmaceutical Regulation and Quality
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Clinical Pharmaceutics

By presenting this course principally in online mode, JCU gives you a unique opportunity to meet your compulsory continuing professional development requirements, while continuing to work.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

An applicant may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health if they have:

  • Completed an AQF level 7 bachelor degree at this University in a relevant discipline as determined by the Dean of College of Medicine and Dentistry; or
  • Equivalent qualifications recognised by the Dean of College of Medicine and Dentistry and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine; or
  • In exceptional cases, evidence of professional or scientific attainments in an appropriate pharmaceutical, health or science area that meets the approval of the College on the recommendation of the Dean of College of Medicine and Dentistry and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

Post admission

Flexible delivery study requires computer and internet access.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply specialist knowledge in the pharmacy specialty area of pharmaceutical public health across a range of contexts
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and process information, data and evidence to develop or evaluate ethically and culturally appropriate pharmaceutical public health services within their area of professional practice
  • Communicate and disseminate a broad range of pharmaceutical public health concepts and findings to both specialist and non-specialist audiences using high-level oral and written English language and numeracy skills
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for their own future professional development, and contribute to the professional development of others.

Course Structure


PC5510:03 Management of Pharmaceutical Services

PC5512:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health Priorities


Select 6 credit points from List 1

List 1

PC5511:03 Clinical Pharmaceutics

PC5513:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health – Management of Chronic Diseases 1

PC5514:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health – Management of Chronic Diseases 2

PC5518:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health – Management of Chronic Diseases 3

PC5519:03 Pharmaceutical Regulation and Quality

PC5520:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health – Pharmacovigilance







Expected time to complete

1 year part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation

Not applicable – Completion of a Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health will not allow the graduate to register in Australia as a Pharmacist.

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.



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Maximum allowed

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Other restrictions

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Award Details

Award title

Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health

Approved abbreviation


Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Pharmaceutical Public Health, and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course

Special Awards

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$16,140 (Estimate only)

Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international student.

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