Graduate Diploma in Public Health

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Project Manager | Program Manager | Public Policy Adviser | Health Promotion Practitioner | Health Development Officer | View All

Course Rundown

Build advanced knowledge and start your public health career with this Graduate Diploma in Public Health course from Australian Catholic University. 

Designed for students holding an undergraduate qualification in health, this course will equip you with the specialised knowledge, skills and insights required to improve healthcare on a local or even global scale. 

A year-long course offering entry to the second year of the Master of Public Health, this qualification is ideal for students seeking to build specialised knowledge without the financial or time commitment of a master’s degree. You’ll learn the key theoretical approaches underpinning public health practice and learn high-level conceptual frameworks for understanding this complex and dynamic area. 

This qualification will equip you with the advanced knowledge required to make evidence-based decisions, implement global health actions, and develop sophisticated and culturally relevant policies and interventions to improve health for all. With a focus on cultural responsiveness and sustainable development, this qualification will prepare you for ethical, responsible and high-impact public health practice in your career. 



To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree or higher in health.

What You’ll Learn

In this health course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to health sciences research
  • History and principles of public health
  • Health promotion
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Determinants of health
  • Disease prevention and management
  • Public health law and policy

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Public Health from Australian Catholic University. 

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to seek employment in a wide range of roles in the health sector, in both the public and private sectors. You may choose to work as a health program manager, health program analyst, health systems specialist, health promoter or in research after completing this course, both in Australia and overseas. 

This qualification also acts as a pathway to further study. This diploma qualification will qualify you for entry to the second year of the Master of Public Health. 


Curious about where a career in health could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University charges fees at the beginning of each study period and offers easy upfront payment or FEE-HELP deferred study loans for eligible students.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.