A Public Health degree is globally recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. The Graduate Diploma in Public Health provides students with advanced theoretical and technical capacities for population health-related roles in Australia or internationally. You will arrive at 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,  as well as methods in a range of professional areas. Graduates come away with high-level skills for professional practice in community and/or health service settings in government, academic and private sectors. 

Program Code


UAC Code

910803 (CSP) 910804



Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments


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. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce by updating their skills and knowledge.

Who should choose this degree?

This will attract anyone seeking a career in population health, which includes areas such as epidemiology, 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 undergraduate degree plus 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.Application Procedure

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 Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places 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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