Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





0.5 year full-time
1 year part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$5,000.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual CSP fee

Admission requirements

  • Any Bachelor degree or higher
  • Related Diploma and relevant work experience
  • Relevant work experience


Commencing in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Next start date

Trimester 3, 2022 (more)

Applications close

Monday, 24 October 2022

About this program

Build healthy communities.

Develop or further your career in public health practice, research and management with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health, recognised nationally and internationally as the credential for a career in public health. With an understanding of how local, national and international health systems are structured and operate, you'll be capable of planning and delivering effective programs to address our most challenging health issues.

You will focus on the socio-ecological model of public health that emphasises and analyses the important interactions between the social, biological, economic and environmental determinants of health. Throughout, there is opportunity for you to apply this analytical skill set to research, plan, implement and evaluate population-based interventions that protect and promote health.

This graduate certificate provides you the opportunity to focus on the area of public health that interests you. The diverse range of core and electives courses in areas such as nutrition, health promotion, environmental health, climate change, program planning and health services management, ensures you can tailor your studies to your own circumstances and aspirations.

Industry and expert connections

As part of your studies, you will learn alongside other public health graduates and professionals in a multi-disciplinary class environment. There are a range of different opportunities you will have to interact with your student peers, even if you're working online, including in seminars and group assignments. You'll also learn collaboratively from some of Australia's leading public health academics.

Graduate outcomes

Public health offers a diverse range of careers, including in private and hospitals, community health organisations, international aid, government departments, non-profit organisations, and more. With this graduate certificate, you'll have the expertise to specialise in public health within your existing field. This graduate certificate also offers pathways for further study in the Master of Public Health and the Master of Global Public Health.


Study anytime, anywhere - This degree is available online through our Digital campus, giving you more room to fit university with your work and social life.

Pursue further study

The courses in this graduate certificate may be credited towards a related graduate diploma or masters degree. Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past, which will give you an idea of what you can expect.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
3147 Graduate Certificate in Public Health (this program) Gold Coast, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
5263 Master of Public Health Gold Coast, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
5725 Master of Global Public Health Gold Coast, Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
4094 Graduate Diploma of Public Health Gold Coast, Online Exit point only

Note: Progression is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is offered full-time or part-time; fully online and on-campus.

Studying amid COVID-19

The University's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing policy is under review and consultation and will be suspended from 14/4/2022. Please visit Studying amid COVID-19 for more information.

Work-integrated learning

The University supports its students to undertake work experience that complements their degree. Work experience is normally arranged by you with an employer you select but with approval from your Program Director.

My career opportunities

With this graduate certificate, you could move into a range of roles that require a public health specialisation, including medical administration, welfare centre management, environmental health management and public health promotion. You could work in local, state and federal governments, not-for-profit organisations, federal and state health agencies, international health organisations, health and welfare organisations and associations, community service providers and medical and health research organisations.

Key employment sectors

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Education and Training

Potential job outcomes

  • Public health manager
  • Public health officer
  • Health Promotion officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Community Engagement Officer

*Source: Australian Government Job Outlook.

Pathways to further study

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Public Health with a GPA of 4.0 or higher will be eligible for admission into one of the following programs:

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Graduate Certificate in Public Health (3147)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

Additional fee information

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places and all places have been filled for the current admission period, applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place if such places are available.