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Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertPubHlth

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4705.3

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 0101794

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 2020 or later.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health comprise units that provide students with a range of critical, research and practical skills in the areas of public health and policy analysis, epidemiology, and biostatistics. The course will suit students who seek an introduction to public health. It also provides an entry point to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health for those who wish to continue on their professional development journey with further studies.

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year 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


Three years full-time equivalent work experience in a relevant health-related discipline.

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

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 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.

Course Structure

Domain Units

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

Focus Unit

401077Introduction to Biostatistics

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

Postgraduate Public Health Progression

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