Charles Darwin University

Graduate Diploma of Public Health

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

The Graduate Diploma of Public Health will equip you with the skills needed to investigate, critique and respond to real world population health problems in local and global contexts. Unique features of the course include learning from acclaimed Menzies School of Health Research professionals in the specialist areas of Indigenous health, global health, public health practice and health research.You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in:epidemiologybiostatisticsquantitative and qualitative research methods. You will learn to analyse and interpret population health information, evaluate and design public health interventions and formulate strategies to address complex health and social issues. You will apply public health approaches to:health promotiondisease controlhealth systemshealth policydecision makingthe environment and the sustainable development goals.On completion, you can articulate to the Master of Public Health with the option of undertaking a supervised research project.Career opportunities for our graduate include professional public health practice; health policy and planning; epidemiology; communicable and chronic disease control; health research; community development and aid work, both nationally and internationally.This course requires a high level of academic reading and writing. If you are not confident in your academic literacy skills, you are encouraged to fully utilise the University's academic support services.


  • The Graduate Diploma of Public Health is a one year course. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of public health and the choice of specialist electives provide students with opportunities to explore various areas of public health practice, Indigenous health and global health. On completion, students can articulate to the Master of Public Health.Delivered externally online
  • some units are offered with an internal option.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore(4 units)40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below:PHM516 Indigenous HealthPHM552 EpidemiologyPHM567 Public HealthPHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021) Specialist Electives(4 units)40cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points selected from ANY of the following streams. (Students planning to articulate to a Master of Public Health and complete with a 40cp research project must complete PHM559 as a specialist elective in the Graduate Diploma of Public Health to meet core requirements of both awards.)Public Health Practice StreamPHM526 Research DesignPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive HealthPHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (title change 2020)PHM553 BiostatisticsPHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (title change 2020)PHM559 Health PolicyIndigenous Health StreamPHM517 Public Health AnthropologyPHM523 Health PromotionPHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)PHM525 Indigenous Health ResearchGlobal Health Stream PHM566 Chronic Conditions ControlPHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable DiseasesPHM592 Global HealthPHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (title change 2020)Course Total80cp Students who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information. 


  • Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate diploma, master's degree, or equivalent international qualification. Registered nurses who are graduates of a hospital-based program are also eligible for entry.Consideration will be given to applicants who only hold a graduate certificate.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $29,520 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
CDU Online International: $29,520 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

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