Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

194805 v.2 Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health


Course CRICOS Code: 018053F
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course provides those currently working in the health field with advanced coursework in public health that is specifically designed to broaden individual knowledge, competence and skills. It attracts health professionals including doctors, health educators, health administrators, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, dietitians, radiographers, audiologists, speech therapists, environmental health scientists and educators.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution preferably in a health science area, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management. Applicants with other qualifications and expertise are considered for admission, but may be required to complete appropriate bridging units.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study, although the majority of students study part-time. Where possible, classes will be scheduled in the evening to accommodate students already employed. As well as in internal modethis course is also offered in external mode which is a distance learning program for rural and remote area students.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Course Organisation

A combination of multidisciplinary core units and public health units are offered examining environmental health, health promotion, nutrition, occupational health and safety, epidemiology, health administration and evaluation.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
13157 v.4   Health Promotion Planning 681 4.0 25.0
13162 v.2   Public Health Nutrition 681 3.0 25.0
13230 v.3   Foundations of Public Health 681 3.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

13180 v.2   Environmental Health 612 4.0 25.0
4860 v.5   Health Economics 584 3.0 25.0
11099 v.2   Health Planning and Evaluation 582 3.0 25.0
6103 v.8   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 582 4.0 25.0
  SELECT 1 OPTION   25.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 1 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credits
13181 v.3   Injury Control 694 4.0 25.0
13183 v.3   Nutrition Promotion 682 4.0 25.0
13562 v.2   Primary Health Care 590 3.0 25.0
13563 v.2   Introduction to Child Health 582 3.0 25.0
13626 v.2   Health, Stress and the Management Environment 682 3.0 25.0
N1 Or other units with the approval of the Head of School


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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