- Online: February, July
- Townsville: February, July
1 year full-time
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.
Take the next step in your health career with the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Be equipped to address pressing medical and public health issues relevant to tropical Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Gain an in-depth understanding of the urgent problems facing vulnerable communities and learn how to develop strategies for addressing current and future challenges at individual, community and policy levels.
JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene degree has a strong focus on the prevention of disease and the control of communicable diseases in tropical contexts. You will study an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the disciplines of tropical medicine and hygiene, particularly in the areas of epidemiology, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, and the investigation and management of tropical diseases.
Throughout your studies, you will learn about the importance of reconciliation, diversity and sustainability in relation to the socio-ecological nature of public health in Indigenous, tropical, rural and remote contexts.
This one-year degree includes five core subjects: Tropical Medicine; Tropical Public Health; Human Parasitology; Epidemiology for Public Health; and Medical Entomology. You can tailor this public health degree to suit your interests by choosing three elective subjects that cover a broad range of topics such as infection prevention and control, health promotion communicable disease control, social science in public health, travel medicine, biostatistics and health economics. Subjects are offered as flexible delivery, which includes online mode, limited attendance mode, and block mode/intensives.
Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, you will be ready to enhance your career and undertake leadership roles in the health sector. You will be able to apply specialised human, project and organisational management skills within a medical and policy context. Your knowledge, skills and training in professional health and tropical medicine practice will enable you to make ethical decisions and practise with an evidence-based approach to health informed by recent developments in the field.
Consult the handbook for requirements 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 Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
JCU Tropical Medicine and Hygiene graduates are equipped with the expert knowledge and practical skills necessary to pursue work in tropical environments.
Graduates specialise in travel medicine, infectious diseases, and remote practice.
You could find employment in State and Commonwealth Government organisations, health care and community settings, nonprofit and international organisations. Work in roles to control disease, protect the health of people living in tropical areas, and promote health and wellbeing.
You could also undertake aid work in areas such as the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
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
24 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 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: Postgraduate Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
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.
TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine
TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health
TM5503:03 Human Parasitology
TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health
TM5518:03 Medical Entomology
Select 9 credit points of specified HS, IA and TM level 5 subjects from List 1
HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals
HS5106:03 Planning and Evaluation for Primary Health Care
HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings
IA5013:03 Indigenous Australians
IA5022:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects
IA5029:03 Comparative Indigenous Studies
IA5030:03 Navigating the Cultural Interface
TM5002:03 Infectious Diseases
TM5310:09 Dissertation 2
TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health
TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine
TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
TM5512:03 Travel Medicine
TM5513:03 Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy
TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health
TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners
TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control
TM5526:03 Public Health Economics
TM5528:03 Health Promotion
TM5529:03 Applied Health Economics
TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics
TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace
TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs
TM5549:06 Dissertation 1
TM5552:03 Global Health and Development
TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management
TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval
TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries
TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management
TM5566:03 Essential Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals
TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods
TM5571:03 Public Health Placement
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
|Students will be required to attend the Cairns campus to complete TM5518:03 Medical Entomology|
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD37,960.00
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.
Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
I chose to study at JCU as I had completed a master’s degree in public health here and wanted to delve deeper into health conditions of the tropics. JCU offered some unique electives that really piqued my interest. Alumni have networking opportunities across the world or could even return as a casual academic.
Professor Peter Leggat
Course Coordinator, Graduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
JCU’s postgraduate course in tropical medicine and hygiene provides the opportunity to develop a core skill set around the practice of medicine in the tropics, with supporting clinical and scientific pillars of tropical medicine, parasitology, entomology, tropical public health and epidemiology.