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Graduate Diploma of Public Health

Graduate Diploma of Public Health (GDPH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • On-campus
  • Ipswich
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May


  • Upskill with the Graduate Diploma of Public Health and contribute to public health solutions, practice and research.
  • Study the social, behavioural, and environmental determinants of health, as well as epidemiology and different health systems. 
  • Learn to apply relevant health promotion and health protection concepts to improve population health through advocating and enabling changes in economic, cultural and physical environments.
  • With decades of experience delivering online learning in a dynamic and supportive way, our renowned UniSQ lecturers provide transferrable skills for you to empower yourself in an ever-changing world.

Further study

Take credit from your completed courses in the Graduate Diploma and continue to study the Master of Public Health

Career outcomes

  • You may find positions in government health departments, public health teams, as well as in community health organisations and agencies.
  • Graduates are armed with the knowledge to implement disease prevention and control, health promotion programs, health policy, planning and management (health systems), and evidence-based professional population health practice. 

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in the area of health with a 4.8 GPA or higher;
  • completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a different discipline with a 4.8 GPA or higher, and completed 1 year of full-time work experience in a healthcare setting;
  • completed UniSQ's Graduate Certificate of Public Health with a 4.8 GPA or higher.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units.

Courses to be studied Units
4 x core courses 6
1 x research course 1
1 x elective 1
Total 8

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

During this degree, you are required to attend a mandatory on-campus residential school course at UniSQ Ipswich and mandatory online workshops in two courses.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 9848
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26640

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 10 February Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 26 May Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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What are the Grad Dip in Public Health entry requirements?

To gain entry into UniSQ’s Graduate Diploma in Public health you will need to meet certain pre-requisites. You will need to have met one of the following criteria: 

  • Completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in the area of health with a 4.8 GPA or higher; 
  • completed a 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a different discipline with a 4.8 GPA or higher, and completed 1 year of full-time work experience in a healthcare setting; 
  • completed UniSQ's Graduate Certificate of Public Health with a 4.8 GPA or higher. 

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this degree, that’s ok! At UniSQ, we offer a number of pathway options to help you reach your chosen degree. Our range of bachelor degrees can provide you with the required qualification for entry, or you can also complete our Graduate Certificate of Public Health, which is an ideal stepping stone to the diploma level qualification.

Can I go onto further study after completing a postgraduate diploma in Public Health?
A postgraduate diploma in public health is not only an excellent stand-alone degree, but it also provides you with the foundational knowledge to pursue further study opportunities. Once you have completed your diploma, you can seek further study with our Master of Public Health, or if you are interested in a research focus, you can enrol in our Master of Research
What opportunities do UniSQ offer for practical experience?
Our degrees are embedded with industry relevant practical experience to ensure you are prepared to enter the workforce with confidence after graduation. This Graduate Diploma of Public Health has an on-campus residential school component, which gives you the opportunity to attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials and connect with your peers. 
What career opportunities are available after completing the Graduate Diploma of Public Health?

Our Graduate Diploma in Public Health can lead to a range of career opportunities across various sectors including: 

  • public and private hospitals
  • private clinics
  • community health centres
  • local government.  

Within these sectors you’ll be able to pursue roles in the areas of disease prevention and control, health promotion, health policy, and other health related roles.

Are flexible study options available?

If you are searching for a postgraduate diploma in health online, you have come to the right place. Our Graduate Diploma in Health provides flexible study options with the opportunity to combine on-campus and online learnings. Study your subject theory online and attend on-campus residential schools when required. We’ve been delivering distance education for over 40 years, so you can be confident that you are studying your degree with the online education experts. 

Discover more about the different ways you can study at UniSQ.