University of Technology Sydney

C11330v1 Graduate Certificate in Public Health and Communicable Disease

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Public Health and Communicable Disease (GradCertPuHCoDi)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online campus


This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


Public health is a non-clinical field of health that aims to prevent disease and injury, reduce health inequities and promote health across populations. Rather than working with individual patients, public health professionals are focused on enhancing health outcomes and improving health care solutions on a population level in developing and developed countries. A postgraduate public health degree is recognised worldwide as being invaluable for a career in public health. Students study the public health approach to enhancing health, public health research methods, including epidemiology and biostatistics, and the control of communicable diseases.
Delivered in a flexible and convenient way, students learn online. Course content is based on contemporary research and has been developed in close consultation with industry. The curriculum comprises subjects that provide a solid grounding of knowledge and skills required in any public health career. Students learn and are supported by academic staff who are highly experienced experts and researchers, recognised as leaders in their chosen fields of public health.

With a career in public health, students can drive meaningful change that impacts large numbers of people. That’s because public health is focused on population-level outcomes. This course is open to individuals who are seeking a career in public health research or practice. The course gives students skills in public health programs in a wide range of areas, such as communicable diseases, epidemiology and biostatistics, and Indigenous health.

Course aims

Upon completion of the course, graduates have an internationally recognised qualification. They have developed skills and acquired knowledge essential for the modern public health professional. Specifically, the course covers topics including:

  • communicable and infectious diseases
  • Indigenous public health
  • epidemiology and biostatistics
  • qualitative research methods

Career options

Career options include public health official, epidemiologist, health policy officer, communicable disease surveillance officer.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Demonstrate reflective critical thinking to enable critical appraisal of current practice, policy and research with the aim to enhance health and healthcare outcomes, and transform health
1.1 Locate and apply research and population health data for understanding surveillance, management, prevention of disease and illness and promotion of health
1.2 Apply research methods to a variety of public health problems
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive health professionals and potential leaders in a particular health field
2.1 Identify relevant knowledge of leadership approaches on matters critical to public health
2.2 Support contributions to policy-related dialogue and evaluation of public health strategies in the community
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable when engaging with individuals, families, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and jurisdictions
3.1 Interpret the efficient use of resources and equity of access to public health services and programs
3.2 Identify accountability in the practice of data collection, access, storage and distribution
4.0 Communicate effectively and appropriately in challenging, complex and diverse situations
4.1 Analyse effective strategies in modes of communication necessary to optimise outcomes in public health practice and research
4.2 Examine how to engage partnerships on matters critical to public health
5.0 Embody the international standard of professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role in regional, national and global health
5.1 Explore knowledge and skills within public health in order to prioritise a commitment to reducing disease, disability and illness
5.2 Maintain professional standards and engage in lifelong learning
5.3 Appreciate cost factors related to healthcare utilisation and choice
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria for a threshold offer, such as applicants who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but whom have recent relevant work experience are also considered eligible.

Applicants must present evidence of a capacity to undertake tertiary study via submission of a CV which may include details of completion of hospital or college certificates and professional or staff development.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points.

Course completion requirements

090013 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 6cp
090012 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3cp
090014 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research 3cp
090017 Indigenous Public Health 3cp
090010 Communicable Disease 6cp
090011 Foundations in Public Health 3cp
Total 24cp

Course program

For more information, download a course guide and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about 100% online study and a possible study program.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

Course coordinator: Klaus Gebel