Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • Mixed Attendance Mode (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health will provide skills that prepare students for public health practice and augment existing professional skills in health care practice, policy and management. The Graduate Certificate will provide a stepped pathway into the University’s flagship Master of Public Health (MPH) program. It will also provide an opportunity for current health sector professionals to gain a valuable skills-based qualification that strengthens their career path, enables them to respond to public health challenges in a variety of health and social policy contexts and responds to an Australia-wide urgent workforce need for health professionals with public health training. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health will provide full credit into the Master of Public Health.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health has two components:

  1. The core component is comprised of two compulsory subjects that provide a multidisciplinary foundation in public health theory and practice.
  2. The elective component allows students to select two subjects of interest. Each elective subject introduces fundamental public health knowledge and skills required for practice in a public health specialisation area including biostatistics, epidemiology, leadership and management and/or qualitative research.

The University of Melbourne is ranked number 1 in Australia and 12th globally for public health (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022) and is also ranked 14th globally for clinical, pre-clinical and health (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).