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Victoria University (VU)

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

  • Award winning study model
    VU Online's award winning postgraduate Block Model recognises the complexity of students' lives while giving a consistent, manageable and connected online learning experience. Earn your Graduate Certificate in Public Health faster than on-campus, with our unique study model.
  • No exams or textbooks to purchase
    The online units have been designed with a student-centred approach that spans across the overarching learning outcomes to the engaging activities and self-determined assessments.
  • Support 7 days and in the evenings
    VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, during your course. Our support network has a single focus on ensuring you are entirely supported to succeed.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health course equips graduates with the foundational knowledge and skills to pursue a career in public health practice. The course integrates the biological basis of health with population-based intervention and policy and in doing so, covers dimensions of the social, cultural, economic and political aspects of health. 

Designed for practitioners who may already be employed in the field of public health, as well as recent graduates, this course provides the building blocks in public health in practice, epidemiology and biostatistics. It also provides a pathway, upon successful completion, to continue on to the Master of Public Health.

This course covers four core areas of public health. 

  • Foundations of Public Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1
  • Public Health in Practice 
  • Culture and Society in Public Health

To apply for the online Graduate Certificate in Public Health, you are required to have:

  • Completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, OR
  • 5 years of approved work experience.

Roles in public health are diverse and in high demand. They cover areas of health promotion, disease prevention and policy. Depending on your career goals and skill set, studying the Graduate Certificate in Public Health course with VU Online will open up numerous roles that may interest you.

  • Public Health Officer
  • Non Government Organisation Worker
  • Community Development Officer
  • Health Promoter
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Health Educator
  • Program Officer
  • Project Officer

2023 academic year student fees shown are subject to change. You may also be required to pay student amenities fees. Contact the university directly to confirm.

Fees shown are per unit. The number of units are listed below fees. Together they indicate the total fees for the course.

FEE-HELP loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying domestic students with the cost of a university course.

Key Facts
  • Study Mode: Online
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $3,050 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 4 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Oct