Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPubHlth

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4704.2

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 051237A

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Commencent Year 2015 - 4704.1 Graduate Diploma in Public Health

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 or two years part-time


Applicants must have either

An undergraduate or master degree in any discipline


A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in any discipline and two years full-time equivalent work experience in a health, welfare or aged care discipline.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

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.

International Office

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 sequence below.

Core Units

Students must complete the following units

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

Alternate Units

Choose four units from the list below

400840Communicable Diseases
401175Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology
400846Building Organisational Capacity in Health Care
401178Controversies in Epidemiology
401179Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology
401177Environmental Epidemiology
401174Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
400837Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care
400967Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems
400845Health Financial Management
400844Health Services and Facilities Planning
400843Health Workforce Planning
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
400778Leadership and the Development of Organisational Capacity
400777Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
300391Occupational Health Management
401081Organisational Governance and Performance Management
400238Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
300677Safety and Risk Management
401176Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
400847Surveillance and Disaster Planning

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