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Courses Handbook 2014

This handbook contains information for courses and units at Curtin in 2014.
Information for the previous year's courses and units is available at Courses Handbook 2013.

303908 v.4 Graduate Certificate in Public Health


Course CRICOS Code: 079914E
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 0.5 Years

Course Overview

Graduate certificates prepare students to develop advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 8 qualifications.

This is a multidisciplinary course designed to provide specialist training in public health for graduate students.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials.

Course Entry and Completion Details

Applicants are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at Applicants generally require a bachelor degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

Specifically, applicants require an undergraduate degree from a tertiary institution preferably in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management. Applicants with other qualifications and expertise may be considered for admission, but may be required to complete appropriate bridging units. In certain cases, relevant work experience may be recognised for course entry.

Credit for Recognised Learning

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Pathway to Further Study

Graduates may qualify for entry to some graduate diplomas and master degrees. For further details, see the University website

Course Entry/Completion Note

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance section of the faculty website.

Course Organisation

Graduate certificates contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences.

Part time students should discuss their study plans with the course coordinator.

Course Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

1. apply discipline specific knowledge in an area of public health

2. think critically in problem solving and decision making

3. access and use information technology to access, evaluate and interpret public health data and transform information to complete a range of activities

4. communicate effectively in various settings and/or for different audiences within the context of public health activities

5. use current technologies applicable to public health

6. demonstrate responsibility for personal outputs

7. explain how different national contexts impact on the health of individuals and communities

8. demonstrate an awareness of the impact of inequities and social disadvantage on the health of individuals and community

9. demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and within a team environment

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course available in both internal and external study modes is of one semester full-time or equivalent part-time study. Where possible, classes will be scheduled in the evening to accommodate students already employed. This course is also available to international offshore students.

Location and delivery Mode

Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1
6103 v.9   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 682 4.0 25.0
13230 v.3   Foundations of Public Health 681 3.0 25.0
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
13162 v.3   Public Health Nutrition Principles 682 3.0 25.0
308419 v.1   Environmental Health Management 683 3.0 25.0
13154 v.3   Health Policy 681 3.0 25.0
314752 v.1   Public Health Response to Climate Change 682 4.0 25.0
13157 v.4   Health Promotion Planning 681 3.0 25.0

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact the Faculty of Health Sciences on telephone (08) 9266 1000, email, or visit our website:

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

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