Course overview


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 title
Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Postgraduate certificate
Current / 2024
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 'Student Procedures: 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.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
not available in 2024 – may be available in 2025 or 2026
non-standard teaching period

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

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in
or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
S1, S2PUBH4403Epidemiology INonelectures: 60-70 minutes recorded lectures per week; online tutorial worksheets: ~ 2-3 hours per week
S1PUBH5705Health Program Evaluation
RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation (ID 4228)
lectures/tutorials 3.5 hours
NSPUBH5721Public 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
Attendance on campus for up to six, 2-hour seminars, followed by up to 14 days working with and NGO in Nepal, Fiji or India. Timing and mode of delivery will be dependent on university travel restrictions. In 2023 teaching period B3 will be the Nepal offering and teaching period UWCT3 will be the Fiji offering.
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational HealthNonelectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week for 12 weeks
S1PUBH5749Foundations of Public HealthNonelectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
S2PUBH5752Health Systems and EconomicsNonelectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion INonelectures: 3 hours per week
NSPUBH5755Critical Perspectives in Global HealthNone1 week full-time (37.5 hours), plus 1 month pre-reading (37.5 hours) and 1 month post-contact week assessment (75 hours)
N/APUBH5757Clinical EpidemiologyNoneoffered intensively
S2PUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable DiseasesNoneonline tuition: 3 hours per week
NSPUBH5763Health Leadership and ManagementNoneOne week full time, plus pre-intensive week readings.
S1PUBH5767Child and Maternal Health
Enrolment in
91550 Master of Public Health 92550 Master of Public Health 91230 Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies
3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
NSPUBH5785Analysis of Linked Health DataNoneoffered intensively (1 week full-time)
N/APUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics (ID 3924)
1 week full-time
NSPUBH5802Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
PUBH5785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data (ID 3940) (formerly PUBH8785 Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data) or equivalent skills and experience.
offered intensively (1 week full-time)
NSPUBH5804Food and Nutrition in Population Health
PUBH2208 Food and Nutrition in Population Health (ID 694)
1 week full-time
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in HealthNoneseminar: 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 a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units 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]