Primary Health Care in Developing Countries

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Part-time | Full-time
Location: On campus | External


Course name: Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care in Developing Countries
Duration (full-time equivalent): 6 months
SATAC code: 2GC569
CRICOS code: 073815A


The Graduate Certificate aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate the principles of primary health care into specific fields of practice in order to reduce inequalities in health care access and health outcomes.

In Australia, these principles include:

  • maximising consumer and community participation to enable individuals and communities to be better informed and to be involved in health care decisions;
  • encouraging partnerships between health and non-health sectors to ensure full use of resources;
  • fostering self-management and self-reliance to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in individuals, groups and communities; and
  • promoting health and disease prevention to attain and sustain good health and well-being.

Students completing the Graduate Certificate should be able to:

  • analyse theoretical concepts relevant to the determinants of health and well-being;
  • understand the relevance of models of primary health care in a range of real world and workplace problems; and
  • appreciate the benefits of multi-disciplinary approaches in health and human services to promoting and improving health.
  • apply primary health care strategies aimed at improving health in developing countries.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: No
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry: No
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care in Developing Countries  

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2017: $4,524


Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $10,332

2017: $14,350
2018: $15,250


  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • If the number of applicants for Commonwealth supported places exceeds the number of places available, eligible applicants will be ranked based on their Grade Point Average (GPA). Please refer to the Postgraduate EzyGuide for fee status information.
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.