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 title
Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate certificate
current / 2021
Administered by
Population and Global Health

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Siobhan Hickling
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; 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 2022 or 2023.

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S1, S2PUBH4403Epidemiology I
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)
NSPUBH5705Health Program Evaluation
RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation
offered intensively
N/APUBH5721Public Health Field Trip
any 1 of PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health, PUBH5705 Health Program Evaluation, PUBH5754 Health Promotion, PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health, PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1 or PUBH5705 Health Program Evaluation
Seminars up to 6 x 2 hours; 1-3 week fieldwork overseas
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hour per week for 10 weeks
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
seminars: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5751Disease Prevention in Population Health
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
lectures: 3 hours per week
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
offered intensively
S1PUBH5759Epidemiology II
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I and PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
3 hours lecture/tutorial per week
S2PUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
online tuition: 3 hours per week
NSPUBH5763Health Leadership and Management
One week full time, plus pre-intensive week online activities.
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
NS, S1PUBH5785Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
offered intensively (1 week full-time)
NSPUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics or MGMT5530 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Governance or equivalent
1 week full-time
N/APUBH5802Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
PUBH5785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data (formerly PUBH8785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data) or equivalent skills and experience. The computing component of the unit assumes a facile competence in the preparation of computing syntax for programs such as SPSS, SAS or STATA and familiarity with the statistical analysis of linked data files at an introductory to intermediate level.
offered intensively (1 week full-time)
NSPUBH5804Food and Nutrition in Population Health
PUBH2208 Food and Nutrition in Population Health
1 week full-time
S1PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week

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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.


13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).

Additional rules

14.(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]