Graduate Certificate of Public Health

Enhance your professional career in health with an advanced knowledge of public health issues in Australia and internationally. Develop practical skills to provide meaningful and informed healthcare in the Tropics with a degree aligned with the core principles of public health defined by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia (CAPHIA).

#1 in Queensland

for full-time employment 2024 Good Universities Guide, PG Health Services

#1 in Queensland

for median graduate salary 2024 Good Universities Guide, PG Health Services

Enhance your expertise

Build the skills to progress your career



  • Online: February, July




+total estimated Commonwealth Supported Fee

^total estimated tuition fee

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


1 year part-time

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent

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Real stories

  • Nathan Dawes studies Master of Public Health


    Nathan Dawes

    Master of Public Health

    JCU’s Public Health courses are facilitated by dedicated, experienced staff who recognise each student as an individual and with a unique set of postgraduate circumstances. A must do for any health care practitioner wishing to further themselves.

  • Student of the Graduate Certificate of Public Health Vanessa Ernst


    Vanessa Ernst

    Graduate Certificate of Public Health

    The course content in the Graduate Certificate of Public Health is as fascinating as it is diverse. Guest lecturers provide unique perspectives, and course coordinators do a fantastic job of scaffolding information delivery to support students with online learning.

  • Master of Public Health Graduate and Young Victorian of the Year


    Robbie Gillies

    Master of Public Health Graduate and Young Victorian of the Year

    I loved being in a new place and meeting new people from the Master of Public Health. We had amazing professors and specialists teaching us tropical medicine. All the highlights from my time there are framed by the scenery and the experience of living in beautiful Townsville.

  • Stephanie Topp Associate Professor in Global Health and Development


    Professor Stephanie Topp

    Global Health and Development, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

    In Public Health and Tropical Medicine, we have an unusually broad range of subjects that allows students to tailor their Master degree to meet any one of the many options that public health graduates have. This includes aeromedical retrieval, tropical medicine, communicable disease control and humanitarian work

  • Health Promotion Coordinator with the Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (TMML)


    Barbra Kurkowski

    Area Manager (Townsville), Northern Queensland Primary Health Network

    I hire JCU graduates because they have a local context and knowledge of North Queensland. They have studied a comprehensive public health degree with diverse subjects, but local relevance. It’s very important for us to grow and keep skilled workforce in North Queensland.