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Start Date
February

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICPR

SATAC Code
4GC082 (External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Fees
Fees will be available soon

Key features

  • Work alongside active researchers and data custodians involved in real-world health initiatives; access and explore large data sets using common analytical and statistical methods.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options, including online and part-time study.
  • Develop strong skills in research methods and evaluating community-based interventions.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Population health is the study of the health of populations and associated inequities in health.

You will explore activities used to improve public health, learn relevant research methods, and develop the confidence needed to access and manage various types of population health data.

You will also learn how to use specific software to analyse large volumes of data, and will gain applicable and advanced research skills.

This postgraduate qualification is primarily designed for existing health and planning industry professionals who would like to further develop their skill set, or for those who are new to the idea of population health but are interested in pursuing a career in this specialised field.

Why Graduate Certificate in Population Health Practice

Why this Degree

This six-month graduate certificate opens up a range of employment possibilities for graduates and will complement and extend your prior learning or professional experience.  

You will have the unique opportunity to work alongside active researchers who are involved in real-world population and public health initiatives. You will also graduate with the technical skills needed when you train using the preferred software of practicing population health professionals.

As Australia’s university of enterprise, we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction1, we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students and we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 502.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
22017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Working alongside active researchers will ensure you graduate from this qualification with relevant skills – it is also a great opportunity for you to begin to build your industry network.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.  

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Your career

This postgraduate qualification is primarily designed for existing health and planning industry professionals who would like to further develop their skill set, or for those who are new to the idea of population health but are interested in pursuing a career in this specialised field.

Graduates may be employed by:

  • agencies responsible for public health, including local, state and federal government and non-government organisations
  • regulatory bodies
  • health research centres or institutes
  • health education facilities

Industry facts

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will explore activities used to improve public health, learn relevant research methods, and develop the confidence needed to access and manage various types of population health data.

You will also develop skills in planning and evaluating community-based interventions and strategies – these skills will then be used to translate and disseminate research principles and findings into policy and practice.

In addition, you will learn how to use the software to analyse large volumes of data.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • assignments
  • quizzes
  • presentations
  • portfolios

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Biostatistics for Population Health Practice HLTH 5187 4.5
Foundations of Public Health Epidemiology HLTH 5188 4.5
Health Data Sources and Management HLTH 5190 4.5
Evaluation in Public and Community Health HLTH 5189 4.5

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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