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Graduate Diploma of Public Health

Course code W61

Public health is a broad area that's generally concerned with improving health and well-being by carrying out actions that will have an impact at a population or whole-of-community level.

Current Australian priorities for public health are to reduce health disparities between different population groups and to positively influence social, economic, physical and biological factors that play a role in determining overall health outcomes.

Public health practitioners are health professionals who have the skills required to help individuals and communities to have greater control over their health and well-being, and to influence organisational and political environments in ways that lead to better health for all.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

W61

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $20,450

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Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W61

CRICOS code

071517E

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,950

See Fees and Scholarships for further information

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete four core units and two core option units.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST5161Public Health: Philosophy, Principles and Practice20
HST5120Epidemiology20
RES5115Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches20
HST6335Public Health Strategies20
Plus two (2) units from:
HST6522 ^Public Health Leadership20
HST6333 ^Diversity, Culture and Health20
HST6337 ^Communicable Disease20
HST6338 ^Law and Ethical Issues20
HST6341 ^Maternal, Child and Youth Health20
HST6350 ^Drug Use and Addictive Behaviours20
HST6355 ^Ageing, Health and Wellbeing20
HST6510 ^Public Health Planning and Evaluation20
OHS6134 ^Principles of Environmental Health20
OHS6138 ^Occupational Health Management20
MAT5212 ^Biostatistics20
NUT6110 ^Food Vision20
NUT5116 ^Applied Food Science and Systems15
or
NUT5114 ^Public Health Nutrition15

Note: Students can only take one unit from: NUT5116 or NUT5114

Please note: Most core option units run every year, however, some only run once every two years. Some units may also run exclusively on-campus or online. Please refer to the ECU timetable for delivery schedules.

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply cognitive, technical and interpretative skills to investigate and evaluate complex psychosocial and health issues in authentic situations.
  2. Communicate advanced public health knowledge, concepts and ideas to a variety of audiences.
  3. Demonstrate high level independent judgement and management skills by planning, implementing and evaluating a substantial public health study.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $20,450 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,950 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates would be suited to roles in the government, not-for-profit or health advocacy sectors.

Possible future job titles

Health Promotion Officer, Project Officer, Health Education Officer

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