UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies

This course allows students maximum flexibility to tailor their studies in population health to meet their personal or professional interests or requirements. The course has also been designed as a pathway for those who wish to enrol into a Master of Public Health but who do not have the required educational background.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Certificate in Population Health Studies
Award abbreviationGradCertPopHlthSt
Course code91230
Course typepostgraduate certificate
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code074756K
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration0.5 years
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Assistant Professor Julie Saunders

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A

S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
S1PUBH5751Disease Prevention in Population Health
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
NSPUBH5759Epidemiology II
NSPUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
S1PUBH5763Leadership and Management of Health Services
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
NSPUBH5785Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
NSPUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
N/APUBH5802Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
NSPUBH5804Food and Nutrition in Population Health
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
NSRMED4403Health Program Evaluation

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) a level and duration of education and professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;


(c) completed two postgraduate public health (PUBH) units.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units (where greater than one unit is taken per year) in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules


13.(1) Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, credit will only be granted for coursework completed within the last five years.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

(2) Credit granted towards the Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies for units completed through UWA Access must not exceed 12 points.

[Approved exception to University Policy]