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Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Charles Darwin University
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
On campus
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Program description

Graduate Diploma in Public Health

The Graduate Diploma of Public Health equips you with the skills needed to investigate, critique and respond to real world population health problems in local and global contexts. This course is delivered by CDU and the Menzies School of Health Research. You will be taught by leading Menzies Research professionals in the specialist areas of Indigenous health, global health, public health practice and health research.

Admission requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised Bachelor degree or equivalent. Registered nurses who are graduates of a hospital-based program are also eligible for entry.

This course requires you to have a high level of academic reading and writing. If you are not confident in your academic literacy skills, you are encouraged to fully utilise the University's academic support services.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Graduate Diploma of Public Health is a one year course. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of public health and the choice of specialist electives provide students with opportunities to explore various areas of public health practice, Indigenous health and global health.

Scholarships & funding

We offer certain scholarships, please visit our website for more information.


You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in: epidemiology; biostatistics; quantitative and qualitative research methods. You will learn to analyse and interpret population health information, evaluate and design public health interventions and formulate strategies to address complex health and social issues. You will apply public health approaches to: health promotion; disease control; health systems; health policy; decision making; the environment and the sustainable development goals.

On completion, you can articulate to the Master of Public Health with the option of undertaking a supervised research project.

Career opportunities

Upon graduating, you will be equipped to work in various areas of public health, including professional public health practice; health policy and planning; epidemiology; communicable and chronic disease control; health research; community development and aid work, both nationally and internationally.

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in a broad range of public health roles in government and non-government organisations (NGO) or you may move into our Master of Public Health.

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About this institute

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 55 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

20,000 students from more than 72 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 locations

Our Values

At CDU, we believe a new world university is one built on collective effort, inclusivity, creativity, social justice and sustainability. A place where you can follow your passion to make things better. Together with you, we strive for excellence, integrity, accountability and equitable opportunities for all.

Collective effort

We address vital issues in our communities and our region by bringing people together to make our world a better place.


Our strength is in the uniqueness of our people, and we value and respect individual differences and diversity of thought. We are committed to fostering trust, teamwork, and belonging.


We value artistic endeavour, originality, and freedom of expression. We learn from Indigenous and international cultures to create a new vision for the future.

Social justice

Our students, staff, and alumni make positive impacts in healthcare, education, housing and many other areas of society where there is inequality.


We’re committed to protecting our environment, to supporting ethical business practices and to using technology to build a sustainable future.

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Charles Darwin University

Ellengowan Drive
0810 Darwin

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