- Online: February, July
1 year part-time
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent
Take the next step in your health career with the Graduate Certificate of Public Health at JCU.
Gain a core understanding of health care in the tropics and learn about the importance of reconciliation, diversity, and sustainability. Draw on your knowledge of recent developments in tropical health care to make responsible, informed and ethical decisions.
Broaden your skill set and be equipped to effect meaningful change in public health. This flexible, six-month course (or part-time equivalent) can be studied externally or via limited attendance.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
JCU Graduate Certificate of Public Health graduates are equipped with advanced skills and are employed in a wide range of healthcare settings.
You could find employment in state and commonwealth government organisations, health care settings, community settings, non-profit and International organisations both within and beyond the health sector.
Roles can involve work that focuses on the protection of the health of the population, prevention of poor health outcomes and promotion of health and wellbeing.
Alternatively, go on to complete the Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Master of Public Health or Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Graduate Certificate of Public Health
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 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.
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
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 subjects may require face-to-face on campus attendance
Expected time to complete
1 year 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.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD16,140.00
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.
You will need to supply the following with your application
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
- Detailed curriculum vitae with your work and academic history
- Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this degree (100-250 words)
- 2x academic or work related referees to provide a reference for you. Referees need to complete the Referee Report form and send by email (preferred), fax or post (see below for contact details).
Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)
If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.
Certified copies and original documents
Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.
Master of Public Health
JCU’s Public Health courses are facilitated by dedicated, experienced staff who recognise each student as an individual and with a unique set of postgraduate circumstances. A must do for any health care practitioner wishing to further themselves.
Master of Public Health Graduate and Young Victorian of the Year
I loved being in a new place and meeting new people from the Master of Public Health. We had amazing professors and specialists teaching us tropical medicine. All the highlights from my time there are framed by the scenery and the experience of living in beautiful Townsville.
Associate Professor Stephanie Topp
Global Health and Development, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
In Public Health and Tropical Medicine, we have an unusually broad range of subjects that allows students to tailor their Master degree to meet any one of the many options that public health graduates have. This includes aeromedical retrieval, tropical medicine, communicable disease control and humanitarian work
Area Manager (Townsville), Northern Queensland Primary Health Network
I hire JCU graduates because they have a local context and knowledge of North Queensland. They have studied a comprehensive public health degree with diverse subjects, but local relevance. It’s very important for us to grow and keep skilled workforce in North Queensland.