Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPubHlth

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4704.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 051237A

The Graduate Diploma course in public health is designed for health professionals who wish to extend and consolidate both practical and research skills for public health practice. For this, students can study a wide range of evaluation processes and research methods relating to public health and policy analysis, economic evaluation, epidemiology and biostatistics. Practical program skills are developed in community development and health promotion units

Study Mode
One year full-time


Applicants must have either:

An undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent


A graduate diploma or graduate certificate in in any discipline, or equivalent plus two years full-time equivalent work experience in a health, welfare or aged care discipline

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Students must complete the following units

400841A Global Perspective on Social Determinants of Health
400416Public Health, Policy and Society
401076Introduction to Epidemiology
401077Introduction to Biostatistics

And four units from the list below

300391Occupational Health Management
300677Safety and Risk Management
400238Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
400777Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
400778Leadership and the Development of Organisational Capacity
400837Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care
400840Communicable Diseases
400843Health Workforce Planning
400844Health Services and Facilities Planning
400845Health Financial Management
400846Building Organisational Capacity in Health Care
400847Surveillance and Disaster Planning
400967Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems
401081Organisational Governance and Performance Management

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