- Online: February, July
6 months full-time
or part-time equivalent
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in health or closely related discipline; or at least 5 years’ experience in a health profession
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.
Pursue your passion for public health and develop the skills to aid communities during times of crisis including during epidemics and pandemics, natural disasters and conflict. In JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control, you will gain advanced knowledge of public health approaches tailored to outbreak settings including the interaction between environmental factors, human health and animal health in relation to their role in communicable disease outbreaks.
By completing this degree, you will be able to develop a communicable disease control response strategy to identify, analyse and contain a communicable disease outbreak. You will study three core subjects including Epidemiology for Public Health, Communicable Disease Control, and Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings, and have the flexibility to select one of two elective subjects that is most relevant to your career goals and interests.
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control, you will be a “disease detective” with the ability to develop a Communicable Disease Control response strategy that identifies, analyses and contains a communicable disease outbreak. Your knowledge and experience will enable you to create culturally appropriate approaches to work with communities, policy makers, health professionals and other stakeholders on surveillance, risk factors, and intervention strategies to control a communicable diseases outbreak.
Your work in designing and/or implementing measures to prevent and control outbreaks will promote and protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities during times of health crises.
Consult the handbook for further information.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control.
JCU Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control graduates have specialist knowledge to help identify and adequately respond towards communicable disease outbreaks, including pandemics.
Graduates work as communicable disease specialists in a wide range of national and international organisations in multidisciplinary teams, including Ministries of Health, international relief agencies, hospitals, aged-care facilities and local public health units.
Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in health or closely related discipline; or
At least 5 years’ experience in a health profession.
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.
Additional selection requirements
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health
TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control
HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings
Select 3 credit points from List 1
TM5547:03 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
TM5600:03 Introduction to One Health
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
6 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory fieldwork
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
6 credit points
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
Studies and/or professional experiences undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for credit.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL
Inclusion of majors on
Exit with lesser award
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD18,980.00
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 students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Dr Diana P. Rojas
Public Health and Tropical Medicine
A transdisciplinary approach, One Health, that recognises the interconnections between people, animals, and their shared environment is the key approach to control the known communicable diseases threats and prevent new ones from emerging. Join us to get the skills to help prevent the next outbreak or pandemic.
Having worked and lived in Asia and Africa, I have seen the impact CDC experts can have on outcome of epidemics. JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Communicable Disease Control consists of a unique set of subjects that will prepare you for the challenges lying ahead. Be sure the next outbreak will come.