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.

Flexible study options

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is offered in a blended study mode meaning it can be completed 100% online, in person or with a combination of online and in person study

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.

New Commonwealth Supported Places

Successful domestic applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health will now receive a Commonwealth Supported Place, meaning a reduction of up to 80% off of the full course fees due to government subsidies. Offer subject to change.

  • World Top 100 School of Public Health*
  • 15% industry growth predicted by 2015^
  • Choose from over 25 electives in health

^ARWU, 2022
* Occupation Projection

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD049
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5, OR A minimum of 7 years public health related work experience (evidence of which to be assessed by the program coordinator and must be uploaded with the SATAC application).

Please note: To upgrade to the Master of Public Health, students must achieve a GPA of 5.0 or higher.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 1 33.3%
    All students 3 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place

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Successful domestic applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health will now receive a Commonwealth Supported Place, meaning a reduction of up to 80% off of the full course fees due to government subsidies. Offer subject to change.


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.


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

Industry Placement

Advance your career in Public Health

Apoorva's placement during her studies gave her the opportunity to have an immediate impact on societal health, kickstarting her career in the industry.

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:


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.


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 Sep 2023