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Graduate Certificate of Public Health

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Face the challenges of public health and create dynamic career pathways for your future.

Make a Difference with a Global Lens

Public health is a dynamically changing industry with 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.

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 rewarding 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

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.

Core units

You must complete the following units.

Epidemiology: Concepts and applications

Research methods in healthcare

Biostatistics: Concepts and applications

Challenges in public health

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline* with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% or an equivalent GPA approved by the Faculty and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience**

* Relevant discipline includes – medical, nursing, allied health, other health related degree eg chiropractic, psychology, public health, environmental health, paramedic, imaging (radiology, nuclear medicine), biomedical engineering, dietetics/nutrition, pharmacy, social work, medical science/biomedical science/immunology, health science, laboratory science, science, and health economics; or in a non-related discipline, e.g. education, law, media, IT, journalism, communications, arts.
2. Relevant work experience includes – work experience relevant to the person’s undergraduate or higher degree, in professional practice, in a related field, or that demonstrates application / work experience gained in a relevant field even if the Bachelor’s degree was not in a related discipline. Relevant work experience includes in the health industry (eg Government, policy, provider eg hospital, clinic), non government organisation (NGO), academic or research institution, consulting, pharmaceutical company etc.

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 $3812.50 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 fee’s or scholarships?

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

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 co-ordinator

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.

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

Ashleigh Rak

Graduate of Public Health

Industry insights

With a Graduate Certificate in Public Health, you will be well-placed to take your next step into a pursuing further studies and opportunities within the health-care industry, applying your public health skills in any of the following roles:

  • Public health officer
  • Health researcher
  • Health educator
  • Project officer
  • Community development officer
  • Ministerial advisor
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The Australian government rates job growth for health managers as very strong.

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14.9% growth is predicted over a five-year period for the health sector.

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$110,000 is the most common salary for a Health Manager in Victoria.