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CL44 - Graduate Diploma of Public Health


Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Public Health will introduce you to the social-ecological model of health that forms the basis of community-based and community-led public health. This approach reflects contemporary trends in public health and provides the basis of innovative interventions for social change. You will undertake units that outline the origins and evolution of public health and the underlying principles of community-based and community-led public health. You will explore fundamental concepts associated with these principles, including complex adaptive systems thinking, social and environmental determinants of health, social epidemiology, social justice, partnership development and participatory research. You will have the opportunity to apply these concepts in practical ways in both strengths-based and disease prevention approaches. You will have the opportunity to select two electives from a restricted set of non-public health units in order to complement your public health practice. This will allow you to develop multi- and trans-disciplinary synergies between public health and at least one other field of study.

Career Information

A Graduate Diploma of Public Health will allow you to work in community-based and community-led health services and projects for government and non-government organisations, including international humanitarian agencies. 

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradDipPH
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 2 - 2019


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International Availability

Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 2 - 2019


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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement:

A 3 year Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.

International students or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA must meet English Language Proficiency requirements. Minimum scores required are:

• IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5), or

• TOEFL overall score of 75 with no score less than 17, or

• Pearson Test of English Academic overall score of 54 with no score less than 46, or

• An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or

• Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Advanced Standing:

Students who have completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health or a related discipline may apply for credit for up to four units from the core or elective units on entry into the GradDip of Public Health.

Security Requirements
None required.
Health Requirements
None required.
Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended students have completed a health related degree.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL46 - Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Exit Awards CL46 - Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Professional Accreditation

There is no provision for professional accreditation in public health in Australia.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 25
Second year 30
Third Year 35
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Justify public health practice based on social and environmental determinants of health and principles of social justice, equity and equality.
  • 2. Explain complex adaptive systems thinking and apply this thinking to public health practice.
  • 3. Distinguish between individual, community and population scale factors and influences and make recommendations for multiscalar public health action.
  • 4. Develop effective multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary partnerships that promote collaborative leadership and the co-generation of knowledge appropriate to community-based and community-led public health practice.
  • 5. Evaluate the communication and actions of self and others through a process of deep reflexivity that analyses power, promotes respectful relationships and develops cultural competence.
  • 6. Determine appropriate strengths-based and disease prevention approaches to public health practice.
  • 7. Justify practice-based as well as evidence-based solutions and innovative interventions to address complex public health issues.
  • 8. Formulate potential synergies between public health practice and other fields of study.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

It is recommended students undertake Understanding Public Health and Systems Thinking in Public Health prior to or at the same time as other units.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PBHL20001 Understanding Public Health
PBHL20002 Systems Thinking in Public Health
PBHL20003 Social Epidemiology
PBHL20004 Public Health Action and Evaluation
PBHL20005 Global Public Health
PBHL20006 Participatory Health Research

Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
DCHA20001 Ageing in Indigenous People
DCHA20002 Ageing in Rural and Remote Areas
DCHA20003 Cognitive and Sensory Changes and Age
DCHA20005 Predictors of Healthy Ageing
DEME20001 Dementia and Its Complexities
DEME20002 Psychosocial Changes in Dementia
DEME20003 Supporting People With Dementia
DFVP20001 Domestic and Family Violence Theories and Perspectives
DFVP20002 Domestic and Family Violence Responses and Interventions
DFVP20005 Men's Behaviour Change Interventions and Practice
DFVP20006 Working with Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence
DSMG20001 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
DSMG20002 Disaster Risk Reduction
DSMG20003 Research for Emergency and Disaster Management
DSMG20004 Building Adaptive Capacity
HAGE20001 Opportunities and Challenges of Healthy Ageing
HAGE20003 Policy and Practice Projections
HAGE20003 Policy and Practice Projections
HAGE20005 Health Promotion for Healthy Ageing
HHSM20001 Australian Health Care Structures
HHSM20002 Managing Access and Equity in Health Care Settings
HHSM20003 Using Health Data: Recognising Risk to Initiate Change
HHSM20004 Organisational Culture in Health Care Settings
PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts
PPMP20008 Initiating and Planning Projects
PPMP20009 Leading Lean Projects
PPMP20010 Executing and Closing Projects
PSYC20036 Applied Positive Psychology
PSYC20037 Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing
PSYC20038 Positive Psychology: Research Methods
PSYC20039 Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Positive Psychology
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.