Public Health - 5507

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 0.8 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 36


Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The requirements of this program are for students commencing their studies in 2014. Continuing students also have the option of completing the 2014 program requirements if they wish. Continuing students can view their original program requirements in previous editions of the handbook.

A Public Health degree is widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Public Health programs provide preparation for education, research and service in all aspects of public health. The program includes study in epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, health services management, health promotion, development and education in health, as well as a systematic review of topical public health issues. It is designed to address the continuing education needs of specialists in public health as well as providing a general orientation to public health issues and methods for the health professions.

Program Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health is offered in full-time, part-time and external modes. External courses are offered by distance mode using a combination of workshops and online teaching. Workshops are held in the Residential Week (generally held one week before each semester starts on campus).

The program is offered as a 36 units of credit (UOC) program comprising 6 courses from the Masters program, including 2 core courses and 24 UOC of electives:

Core Courses
Elective Courses

Students choose 24 units of credit of electives from the elective offerings for the Master of Public Health program.

Additional Course Requirement for International Students.

Students from non-English speaking countries who have not previously completed a degree in Australia or other English-speaking country are required to take the following additional preparatory course in their first semester. This course is also available for all other students to assist in gaining maximum benefit from their study. The course is made available at no charge to students and does not contribute to the UOC requirements of the degree.

Academic Rules

The Master of Public Health articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Public Health (GradDip) and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GradCert).

Please refer to the Program Structure above and contact the school office for further information.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have either an undergraduate degree or higher degree in a health-related or public health-related discipline* and one of the following:
  1. Honours or postgraduate qualification in a health-related or public health-related discipline; or
  2. Two years full-time professional experience in a health-related or public health-related discipline, including as a volunteer in a health or public health organisation, or equivalent experience professional experience acquired as part of a health-related degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS, Bachelor of Nursing,)
  3. In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered for entry where the applicant has extensive professional health or public health experience but does not hold a formal qualification in a relevant discipline. (e.g Nurses, Paramedics).
[*Examples include medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, behavioural and social sciences, human services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration and management, biostatistics, health economics.]

Further Information

Related Program(s)

7368 Public Health
9045 Public Health
9047 Public Health/HealthManagement

Area(s) of Specialisation