Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Ready to think creatively about policies and practices that prevent disease and prolong life?

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.  

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Public Health can be completed in one semester of full-time study, or two semesters of part-time study. You will:

  • complete two core courses and two electives
  • understand 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 offers a versatile path towards a rewarding career in the health sector. You can tailor your academic journey by selecting electives that reflect your specific interests and craft a customised study plan.

Where could it take you? 

Whether you’re studying for professional development or out of interest, a graduate certificate will give you advanced communication skills and a strong foundation of knowledge. It could also be your first step towards a graduate diploma or master in public health, opening doors to a wide range of new and enhanced career opportunities.

New Commonwealth Supported Places

Successful domestic applicants to the Graduate Certificate 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.

Study public health at the University of Adelaide

Discover how studying public health with us can give you the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you need for career success—and equip you to make a real difference in the world.

  • Ranked #95 globally for Public, Environmental and Occupational Health*
  • Very strong employment growth projected (22% by 2026)^
  • Flexible study options

*US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 2023.  
^Australian Government, Labour Market Insights, 2023.

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC542
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 N/A N/A
    All students 6 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $8,945

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

Successful domestic applicants to the Graduate Certificate 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.

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Career Readiness

The Graduate Certificate 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

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

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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 ...

Degree Structure

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

Academic Program Rules

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

Areas of Specialisation

Exams, presentations and written assignments.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses - Select 2 courses from the following:

Electives - Select 2 courses from the following:

Candidates with minimal or no academic background or experience in Public Health are strongly encouraged to complete PUB HLTH 7100 Foundations of Public Health.

Further Study

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


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Last updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2024