James Cook University JCU

Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

James Cook University JCU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

Enrich your career by specialising in public health issues relevant to tropical Australia and its near neighbours. Gain an in-depth understanding of the urgent problems facing vulnerable communities and learn how to develop strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases. JCUs Graduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine degree has a strong focus on the prevention and control of communicable diseases in tropical contexts. You will study an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the disciplines of public health and tropical medicine, particularly in the areas of epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and the investigation and management of tropical diseases.Throughout your studies, you will learn about the importance of reconciliation, diversity and sustainability in relation to the socio-ecological nature of public health in Indigenous, tropical, rural and remote contexts.This one-year degree includes five core subjects: Tropical Medicine; Tropical Public Health; Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy; Epidemiology for Public Health; and Communicable Disease Control. You can tailor this public health degree to suit your interests by choosing three elective subjects that cover a broad range of topics such as infection prevention and control, health promotion, human parasitology, social science in public health, travel medicine, environmental health, biostatistics, and health economics.

Designed for

Health professionals with a suitable undergraduate degree or recognised professional qualification in a relevant discipline


24 credit points


  • Public health and tropical medicine

Standard entry requirements

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relative health discipline
  • Equivalent

Study pathways

Students who successfully complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Public Health or Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Online Domestic: $29,526
International: $39,280
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year
JCU Townsville Domestic: $29,526
International: $39,280
  • Full-time : 1 year

Further information

For more information: https://www.jcu.edu.au/courses-and-study

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