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0.7 years part-time




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Make a difference with a global lens.

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An ever-evolving industry

The course encompasses topics that will allow you to navigate public health systems with confidence and extend your knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion and disease.

Strong job growth rate

14.9% growth predicted over a 5-year period.

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Developmental knowledge

Explore the basics of public health

Critically apply your knowledge and skills in your industry.

Accelerated & 100% online

Study that’s flexible

Coursework and assessments designed to fit around your needs.

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Learning advice and study assistance

Dedicated support services designed for your study discipline.

Make a difference with a global lens

Public health is a dynamically changing industry that is swiftly evolving on a global scale. With a Graduate Certificate in Public Health, you’ll be opening pathways to pursue further studies and career-oriented outcomes. Our course is designed to train you with broad quantitative, analytical and communication skills from industry leading academics to let you triumph and take the lead in revolutionary change in the industry. Taught by Victoria’s leading public health experts and with strong links to the Alfred Hospital and the Alfred Research Alliance, our courses are highly regarded in industry, the public sector and academia.

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health encompasses topics that will allow you to navigate public health systems with confidence and extend your knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion and disease. The course will test your ability in researching methods for healthcare and incorporate the concepts and applications of public healthcare interventions. All providing you the precise abilities and acumen to discover the rewarding prospects of public health.

What you will learn 
  • Principles of public health
    Learning from our distinguished School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine you’ll examine foundational aspects of public health, and explore contemporary challenges facing the industry both nationally and internationally.
  • Epidemiology
    Navigate the public health system with confidence by applying your knowledge and skills in determining the distribution and determinants of health and disease.
  • Research methods
    Gain expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods to provide evidence-based solutions in healthcare
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Our worldwide Public Health rankings

Dedicated to academic excellence, Monash University has achieved international recognition and renown in Medicine.
# 3
Shanghai Academic Ranking by subject
# 24
Shanghai Academic Ranking by subject

Pathways to a masters degree

You can graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Public Health; in approximately 0.7 years part-time accelerated, after completing 4 units (24 credit points).

You can also continue studying after completing approximately 2 years part-time accelerated, 12 units (72 credit points), and you’ll receive a Master of Public Health

This course consists of 4 units, providing a chance to enter the field of public health with expert and fundamental knowledge necessary for a future in Public Health.

Need further clarification about our online course structure?

You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

You must complete the following units.

Epidemiology: Concepts and applications

Research methods in healthcare

Biostatistics: Concepts and applications

Foundations in public health

An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent)
A minimum of three years of relevant work experience*

* Relevant work experience in the field of health and public health and includes in the health industry, e.g. government, policy, provider such as hospital, clinic, non-government organisation (NGO), academic or research institution, consulting, pharmacist and pharmaceutical company etc.

The Graduate Certificate of Public Health is not currently accepting international applications.
English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants require a curriculum vitae (CV), relevant work experience or a statement from employer to substantiate period of employment.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, the estimated cost is $4,125.00 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

Enquire with our student consultants and schedule a call to get your questions answered.

Career outcomes

The workplace of the future is an exciting and dynamic place. The Graduate Certificate of Public Health degree is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing global environment.

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The most common salary for a Policy Advisor in Victoria.

Star rating

4.3 / 5

Policy Advisors report very high job satisfaction.

Industry Growth


For five years, job growth has occurred for Policy Advisors.

Public Health at Monash Online

The Graduate of Public Health at Monash Online is designed by industry leading academics to offer students strong developmental knowledge in public health through a global lens, and allow them the ability to focus and ascend their careers to new opportunities.

Learning within the world celebrated School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, you’ll explore the fundamentals of public health, while developing your skills in problem-solving, communication, and global health topics such as public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, disease and health promotion. Master your capabilities and gain confidence in your future pursuits and ability to revolutionise the dynamic industry.


Meet your academic team

Professor Dragan Ilic

Course Coordinator

Professor Dragan Ilic is the Director, Teaching & Learning and Head, Medical Education Research & Quality (MERQ) unit at SPHPM. Dragan is internationally recognised for his expertise in evidence-based practice (EBP) and health professions education. He is a board member of the International Society of Evidence-based Health Care, editorial member of Cochrane Urology and member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professions Educators.

Dr Nazmul Karim

Dr Nazmul Karim is a medical doctor and a clinical epidemiologist by training, and the program manager for Monash online courses at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr Karim has also obtained a Master of Clinical Epidemiology and PhD. Dr Karim has worked in various capacities, including both developing and developed countries, as well as the World Health Organization.

Associate Professor Baki Billah

Associate Professor Baki Billah received his PhD in biostatistics from Monash University. He has received multiple teaching awards for his biostatistics units. A/Prof Billah has published more than 200 research articles and reports, and supervised 10 PhD students. His current research include COVID-19, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.

Monash goes above and beyond making sure that there is appropriate networking opportunities for students, that is done through discussion boards in each subject, as well as numerous Facebook groups.

Ashleigh Rak

Graduate of Public Health

Frequently Asked Questions

The Australian Government identified several core areas of focus for building out Australia’s health care capacity in response to the COVID-19 virus, including:
  • The opening of new respiratory clinics
  • Expansion of emergency departments
  • Increased availability of hospital beds.
This will inevitably lead to long-more jobs in public health, with increased job security.
With the Federal and State Government increasing investment in public health, and the Australia’s aging population’s imminent care demands, demand for qualified public professionals is growing significantly. The National Skills Commission forecasted the Health Care and Social Assistance industry to make the largest contribution to employment growth by 14.2% or 249,500 over a five year period until November 2025.
Public Health prepares you for a career in Health policy. You’ll learn more biostatistic analytical concepts that inform critical decisions affecting health care practices.
Health Administration will give you the skills to implement health care improvement projects in a range of clinical settings. With a focus on management roles, you’ll graduate with the knowledge to effectively lead health care teams while making informed and ethical decisions.
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