Public Health

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

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


Course name: Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Duration (full-time equivalent): 6 months
SATAC code: 2GC068 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GC568 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: 094009B

Course name: Master of Public Health 
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1.5 years 
SATAC code: 2CM081 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2CM581 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code020926K


The Graduate Certificate in Public Health aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate the principles of public health/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
  • promoting health and disease prevention to attain and sustain good health and well-being.

The Master of Public Health aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate into their own workplaces the public health principles, values and practices that reduce inequities in health care access and health outcomes and improve population health status.

In the Master of Public Health program, students will develop a range of advanced analytical, organisation and communication skills including increased capacity to understand and act on the following areas:

  • the social determinants of health and well-being
  • principles for an equitable provision of health care
  • models of health, health promotion and health care services
  • research and evaluation to plan more effective health policies and programs
  • ways to improve the conditions that determine health
  • working as an effective member of a team.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate normally require an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent. Applicants may be admitted directly into the Masters if they can show evidence of relevant professional experience.

Students who have completed a Graduate Certificate offered by the Department of Health or Graduate Diploma (or other qualifications deemed equivalent) receive credit when progressing to the Masters.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry:


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 Public Health

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2017: $4,524


Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $10,372

2017: $14,350
2018: $15,250
Master of Public Health 

Place type: Commonwealth supported

Fee to be advised


Place type: Full fee paying

Fee to be advised

Fee to be advised


  • 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.

Faculty contact 

Dr Emma Miller
Tel: (08) (int +61 8) 7221 8445

Information about application procedures is available from:
Tash Golding, Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: (08) 7221 8425