Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health

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Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health

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.

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.

Available to international students by distance education only
Start dates
February, July
1 year part-time
Study mode
Off campus
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or equivalent

Career opportunities

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.

Course highlights

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.

Course overview

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.

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.

How to apply

Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.

  1. Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
  2. Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
  3. Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
  4. Submit your application.
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Graduate Certificate of Pharmaceutical Public Health

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Division of 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.

Advanced Standing


Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

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 advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course

Special Awards

Not applicable

Entry requirements

As well as having studied the subjects listed in the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet necessary minimum academic entry scores and requirements.

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

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.

Fees and costs

For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Postgraduate Guide (PDF, 8305 KB)

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 and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

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:

Phone +61 7 4781 5601

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