2024: February, July

0.5 years

2024: A$17,300*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


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.

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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:

Course structure

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.

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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in any discipline
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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

We are currently accepting international applications, and we welcome you to apply for this course.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above – check your Letter of Offer for an estimate on non-tuition-fee-related expenses.

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