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Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Australian Catholic University
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Start dates
Melbourne (Australia)
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Online / distance program
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Program description

Graduate Diploma in Public Health

ACU’s Graduate Diploma in Public Health equips graduates with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve population health and well-being. The course prepares graduates to practice with a community, national or global focus, and with an ethical, social justice perspective.

On successful completion of the course, graduates should be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge across major subject areas within public health; analyze and utilize best available evidence to support public health action; and demonstrate skills needed to critique and implement a range of public health interventions.

Articulation from this course into the Master of Public Health program is available.

Admission requirements

Essential requirements for admission

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admissions Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have an undergraduate degree (or higher) in Health or related discipline.

English language requirements

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admissions Coursework Programs Policy.

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with minimum scores of 6.0 in all tests).

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.


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Program content

Career Paths

A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of Public Health programs in Australia. According to a recent public health workforce study, these opportunities are typically within the public or not-for-profit sector; however, one-quarter of postgraduate public health graduates are employed in the private sector.

Approximately half of all postgraduate public health graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors.

Managerial, analytical and program-/project-based roles are common destinations for postgraduate public health graduates. For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, a postgraduate public health degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field (eg different roles or modes of practice).

Pathways to further study

Graduate Diploma in Public Health students may articulate into the Master of Public Health program. Graduates may also progress to a research degree (eg ACU Master of Health Sciences Research).

More course information

ACU’s Graduate Diploma in Public Health program is distinguished by:

  • Study options and flexibility to meet the needs of postgraduate students who are also working; for example, full-/part-time study, on-campus or online study mode, intensive unit teaching schedules (including weekends);
  • A curriculum designed with reference to Australian and international conceptual frameworks for public health;
  • A focus on illustrating theory with relevant, practical examples of established and emergent public health issues and contemporary social issues with substantial health impacts, such as family violence, homelessness and cyber-/workplace bullying;
  • Assessment tasks designed to simulate practice-relevant data, situations, problems or issues, with students assessed on their responses as public health practitioners;
  • An articulation option from this program into the ACU Master of Public Health. Successful completion of all units in this program allows articulation into second-year Master of Public Health studies, with a choice of completion via the Research Pathway (involving additional research training and preparation of a minor research thesis) or by Capstone Pathway (involving a practice-based project or other approved fieldwork/project/experience). Students articulating into the Master of Public Health from this program may also chose to undertake the Global Health & Advocacy specialization;
  • Alignment of public health’s professional values with ACU’s Mission; for example, striving to achieve prevention of illness and improved, equitable health outcomes for all people (public health practice) with the pursuit of the dignity of the human person and the common good (ACU’s Mission).

About this institute

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia which aims to empower students to think critically and ethically, and to gain the skills to bring about change in their communities, industries, and professions. ACU is funded by the...


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