Graduate Diploma of Public Health

Become a leader in public health research - influence global populations and health systems.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course.

With a strong emphasis on research, this program provides professionals from multidisciplinary backgrounds with enhanced skills to pursue a career in public health.

Gain the knowledge and skills in relation to public health principles, values, ethics, research and practice for improving population health status locally and internationally. 

The Graduate Diploma of Public Health is a specialist postgraduate degree consisting of 120 credit points or equivalent eight courses and normally takes one year of full-time study (or longer subject to approval by the Program Coordinator). 

As a sub-program of the Master of Public Health, the Graduate Diploma of Public Health is an AQF level 8 qualification.

This program is also available as a graduate certificate option, which offers 60 credit points if gaining entry into the diploma. Significant public health related experience is also considered upon application assessment.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

HEALT6000, 30 credit points
HEAPH6001, 15 credit points
HEAPH6002, 15 credit points
HEAPH6007, 15 credit points

Semester 2

HEALT6002, 30 credit points
HEAPH6003, 15 credit points
HEAPH6004, 15 credit points

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)


The Graduate Diploma of Public Health is located at Level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework as a sub-program of Master of Public Health.

Most students are admitted on the basis of successfully completing a Graduate Certificate level qualification (or equivalent), for which up to 60 credit points is available or significant public health related experience.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HP4

CRICOS code: 102483E

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$7,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.


This program offers a pathway to Master of Public Health.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Health