Establish a strong knowledge base in health policy and programs, with a Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health from Victoria University.
Our postgraduate certificate opens a new career path – in under six months.
You will learn to:
- evaluate current and emerging health challenges
- appraise public health evidence
- contribute to collaborative health programs and policies.
On graduation, you understand how public health solutions contribute to sustainable development. You will be a voice for inclusive policy and practice, advocating for all members of society, and ensuring Indigenous views are heard.
You may choose to progress to the Master of Global Public Health, or put your knowledge into practice straight away in the workplace.
The Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health is a recommended option for recent graduates with ambitions to work in health policy and programs, and health professionals interested in enhancing their professional practice.
The graduate certificate gives you the opportunity to get a recognised postgraduate qualification quickly, to begin or progress your career.
To gain more knowledge and aim for higher roles, you may progress to our Master of Global Public Health, with credits for your completed units.
In the Graduate Certificate of Global Public Health, you will get the benefit of in-person intensive workshops, and the flexibility of online self-paced learning.
The course is delivered in our highly successful Block Model, a learning model where students undertake one, or at most two, units at a time, then move onto the next (rather than studying several at once).
These learning methods will help you to achieve the best possible outcomes in your study.
Our course has an intensive focus on sustainability and the health of planet and people.
Victoria University is part of a global planetary health community, which recognises the intersect between the health of people and the planet – and the impact of human behaviour upon the natural world.
VU is taking a place-based approach, emphasising the importance of context in finding sustainable solutions through working with local communities and addressing local conditions – and sharing globally.
With significant global changes in public health, there is a need for professionals with the high-level knowledge and skills to respond to these changes.
Graduates of this course, and the related masters, will be well-equipped for a diverse and rewarding career in areas such as:
- global health, nutrition and physical activity research and teaching
- community development work in health, nutrition and food security
- delivering health, food and nutrition programs in response to emergencies
- health policy development
- program planning, development and evaluation
- specific population focused health interventions (e.g. older adults, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, chronically diseased populations)
- inclusive physical activity programming
- physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement.
You may find work opportunities both in Australia and internationally within:
- national, state and local governments
- the United Nations and other international health organisations (WHO, UNICEF, ACSM, International Coalition for Aging and Physical Activity)
- non-profit organisations
- academic institutions and research institutions.
Job titles & salaries
While many job opportunities will be overseas, some example job titles, job prospects and average annual salaries in Australia (according to Labour Market Insights) are:
To attain the award Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health, students will be required to complete:
- 48 credit points of Core units
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Apply knowledge of public health theory and practice to address current and emerging complex public health challenges in global and local contexts and across diverse populations;|
|2.||Articulate the uses of epidemiological and biostatistical concepts to the study of disease exposure, risk and outcomes in populations;|
|3.||Demonstrate the capacity to investigate and respond to global and local health challenges across the domains of public health practice thereby promoting strategies for health equity and addressing the social determinants of health;|
|4.||Propose and design evidence and place-based public health action for sustainable development, planetary health and 'Health For All';|
|5.||Apply principles of cultural safety and humility when working with diverse populations, listening to and respecting Indigenous voices and standpoints; and|
|6.||Communicate knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences across a range of media in order to advance and defend efforts to promote and protect health and prevent disease.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Global Public Health based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to the Master of Global Public Health with credit granted for completed units.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.
How to apply
Available start dates:
- 20 February 2023
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 12 February 2023 for our next intake which starts on 20 February 2023.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered