Why study the Graduate Certificate in Public Health and Communicable Disease with UTS Online

Above world standard for Excellence in Research in Australia for Public Health & Health Services¹

#1 Universities under 50 in Australia2

#11 Universities under 50 in the world2

5 stars for excellence across 7 categories3

¹ERA 4/5, 2018  ²QS Top 50 Under 50 2021  3QS Stars Rating, 2018-2021

What you will study

The UTS Online Graduate Certificate in Public Health and Communicable Disease comprises four study periods, or 24 credit points (CP) in total. These subjects will provide you with skills in public health that are applicable to a wide range of areas, such as communicable disease, epidemiology, biostatistics, and Indigenous health.

The UTS Online Public Health course also provides alternative Graduate Certificate specialisation pathways, offering the opportunity to study a Graduate Certificate in Public Health or a Graduate Certificate in Health Analytics.

Learn more about the advanced study pathways available in our Master of Public Health or download a course guide for detailed subject descriptions.

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Core Subjects
  • Foundations in Public Health (3 CP) + Indigenous Public Health (3 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (6 CP)
  • Communicable Disease (6 CP)
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 CP) + Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (3 CP)

A pathway to a Master of Public Health

UTS Online’s Graduate Certificate in Public Health and Communicable Disease is made up of four study periods, and can be completed in as little as eight months. At the successful completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to enrol into the Graduate Diploma in Public Health, and onto the Master of Public Health.



Upcoming study periods

UTS Online courses have six intakes per year. The diagram below shows all upcoming
intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.

Course information

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue
graduate studies.

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but who have extensive relevant work experience in a healthcare or human services field may also be considered eligible.

Alternative admissions pathways may be available. Learn More

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee an offer of a place.


English language requirements

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper-based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet-based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.


Unsure about your situation?

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To assist with all or some of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your previous studies can be acknowledged as credit towards your online postgraduate studies, provided that it meets the relevant course requirements.

If you receive a UTS offer of enrolment, and you’ve undertaken previous studies at another institution, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning. UTS doesn’t determine recognition of prior learning until an offer of enrolment is accepted.

To see if you’re eligible to receive RPL, speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.

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