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Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Enrich your career by specialising in public health issues relevant to tropical Australia and its near neighbours. Gain an in-depth understanding of the urgent problems facing vulnerable communities and learn how to develop strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases.


in Queensland for full-time employment outcomes* *Good Universities Guide 2022, PG Health Services


in Australia for median graduate salary, $110,400* *Good Universities Guide 2022, PG Health Services

Five stars

for learning resources* *Good Universities Guide 2022, PG Health Services


Online study is only available to off-shore students


  • Online: February, July
  • Townsville: February, July



+estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible


1 year full-time

Part-time study available for online students

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relative health discipline; or equivalent

English language requirements

Band 2

If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.



Course detail

Real stories

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    Annabel White

    Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    I chose to return to JCU and study the Grad Dip of Public Health and Tropical Medicine one year following the completion of my medical degree. I believe that JCU is the number one choice for anyone who is interested in regional and remote populations and advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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    Maggie Robin

    Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    This course enriched my understanding and perspective of local and global health systems. It was a highlight to gain a broader perspective of health by learning from a ‘big picture’ approach. I loved meeting the lecturers and fellow students face-to-face and collaborative learning was a great experience.

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    Jessica Graham

    Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    The biggest highlight while studying this course was meeting driven and like-minded individuals who were passionate about addressing the gaps in healthcare within their communities. The lecturers challenged me to recognise that through teamwork and outside-the-box thinking, big changes can be made to public health.

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    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