Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Be an advocate for health 

Public health is a broad discipline that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. Public health practitioners assess large-scale issues and come up with policy-based strategies to tackle them. 

Our graduate diploma is ideal for professionals looking to advance their career in the public health sector.

What will you do?

This qualification can be completed in one year of full-time study. You will:

  • complete four core courses and four electives
  • study the organisation and delivery of public health services
  • gain insight into relevant social, cultural, economic and environmental factors
  • explore policies and practices that support and improve health.

Where could it take you?

Graduates who meet entry requirements can progress to further study with the Master of Public Health. As a public health professional you might design and implement educational campaigns and programs. You could work with communities to manage local health problems. Perhaps you’ll keep the public informed during times of crisis.


  • World Top 150 School of Public Health*
  • 15% industry growth predicted by 2015^
  • Choose from over 25 electives in health

^ARWU, 2021
*Imip.gov.au Occupation Projection

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD049
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD049

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health enables professionals to further their career in organisations focusing on the prevention of  disease and health promotion, as well as protecting and improving the health of communities. Graduates have successful careers as public health officers, ministerial advisors, analysts, community development officers and project and research officers.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Public Health, Public Health Officer, Ministerial Adviser, Non Government Organisation Worker, Community Development Officer, Policy Adviser, Development Officer, Project Development Manager, Project Manager, Project Officer, Education Officer / Educator, Public Health Management, International Development Worker

Degree Structure

Students complete 2 core courses in Public Health and 6 elective courses in thematic areas in Public Health.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses:
Electives - Select 2 courses from the following:
Select 4 courses from the following:

Assessment

Exams, presentations and written assignments.

Further Study

Students who meet entry requirements can progress to the Master of Public Health via the Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

Testimonial

I was continually inspired by the passion of my supervisory panel and their commitment to improving the lives of young people.

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Last updated: Friday, 22 Oct 2021