A Public Health degree is recognised globally as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health provides preparation for education, research, and service in aspects of public health. You will develop an understanding of public health domains in health promotion and the social determinants of health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, Indigenous health, and population health priorities and methods in a range of professional areas. Graduates come away with high-level skills that are applicable in real world situations in the professional practice of public health in community and/or health service settings in public and private sectors.

Program Code


UAC Code

910806 (CSP) 910807



Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments


^ Offshore international students are not eligible for an Australian student visa for part-time study mode.

Why choose this degree?

This program addresses the continuing education needs of specialists in public health as well as providing you with a general orientation to public health issues and methods. The Graduate Certificate designed for students who wish to study in a short time frame and may be seeking to update their knowledge and skills as well as providing a general orientation to public health issues and methods for those wishing to pursue a career in public health. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce.

Who should choose this degree?

This program is suited to anyone seeking a career in population health, which includes areas such as health promotion, health policy and managing health programs.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion
  • Policy formulation
  • Research
  • Management of health programs

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have either: *An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)

  • and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS, MD)OR An honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below) *Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.Applications will be assessed in accordance with the UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.Please note: The Graduate Certificate in Public Health cannot be completed on a full-time basis if students commence in Semester 2 or Summer. Students should apply to commence in Semester 1 if they want to complete the program on a full-time basis.Application ProcedureFor Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).For international students, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through UNSW Apply Online.

Please contact the Student Services office for further information postgrad-sphcm@unsw.edu.au

How to apply

Applications for domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed through the the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate.

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Indicative First Year Fee


Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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