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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2019: AUD$ 34,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • 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.


Dr Natasha Howard

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

You will explore activities and strategies 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 health and planning industry professionals who would like to further develop their skill set, or for those who are new to the area of population health but are interested in pursuing a career in this specialised field.

What you'll learn

Population Health Practice researcher

You will develop the knowledge and skills to critically review, or develop, strategies to improve public health and contribute to the knowledge base in this area.

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.

Degree 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

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 (independent study). 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.



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

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 a preferred software of practicing population health professionals.

As Australia’s university of enterprise, 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 501.

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.

12019 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.  

Career outcomes

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


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


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

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • 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


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am a physiotherapy academic with over twenty five years’ experience in physiotherapy education and research degree training, including the design and completion of clinical rehabilitation research. I’m interested in the management of people with chronic respiratory disease with particular reference to the mechanisms underpinning the perceptual experience of dyspnoea and how, or whether this sensation can be substantially altered.

Dr Catherine Paquet

Program Director

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Dr Catherine Paquet

Program Director


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