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Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPubHlth

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4704.3

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 in this course is Spring 2020 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

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 will study a wide range of evaluation processes and research methods relating to public health and policy analysis, economic evaluation, epidemiology and biostatistics. This course provides an entry point to the Master of Public Health for those who wish to continue on their professional development journey with further studies.

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 relevant health-related 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

Domain Units

401076Introduction to Epidemiology
401372The Social Determinants of Health
401363Health Systems and Policy
400418Health Advancement and Health Promotion

Focus Units

401077Introduction to Biostatistics
400840Communicable Diseases
401174Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

Plus any 10 credit point level 7 unit offered across the university

Further information on recommended progression is available on the Postgraduate Health Science progression page.

Postgraduate Public Health Progression

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