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.
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.
|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|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
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.
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.
It is recommended students have completed a health related degree.
|Interim Awards||CL46 - Graduate Certificate in Public Health|
|Exit Awards||CL46 - Graduate Certificate in Public Health|
There is no provision for professional accreditation in public health in Australia.
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
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|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|
|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.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PBHL20001||Understanding Public Health|
|PBHL20002||Systems Thinking in Public Health|
|PBHL20004||Public Health Action and Evaluation|
|PBHL20005||Global Public Health|
|PBHL20006||Participatory Health Research|
|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|