Graduate Certificate in Health Protection (H5P)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Year, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Online
Semester 1, Semester 2

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Year, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Entry requirements

Location

Online
Semester 1, Semester 2
The Graduate Certificate in Health Protection develops professional competencies required for effective surveillance of and response to public health incidents in Australia, and globally.

It will provide you with the skills required to investigate and respond to outbreaks of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, and environmental health risks such as smoke from bushfires.  You will gain an understanding of environmental health concepts, the epidemiology of communicable diseases, core communicable disease control principles, the objectives of public health surveillance systems, and legislation and regulation in place to manage public health risks.  The course has been developed in close collaboration with Public Health Services, Department of Health Tasmania, ensuring that graduates are practice-ready and have strong links with practitioners, employers and systems that address health protection.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Protection is delivered online, using real-world examples and practical assessments.  Active discussion boards and online tutorials will support you in the online learning environment. The practical, applicable topics, combined with experienced lecturers with relevant, contemporary knowledge of health protection practices, provide an engaging online learning environment.

  • 1 Demonstrate knowledge and skills to function in, contemporary health protection practice.
  • 2 Apply microbiological processes and principles to prevent and control the spread of infection.
  • 3 Analyse information on environmental hazards to assess potential health impacts and relative risk.
  • 4 Demonstrate skills to respond to public health outbreaks and incidents using a systematic approach.
  • 5 Interpret, analyse and evaluate surveillance data to inform health protection practice.
  • Career outcomes

    This course has been designed to facilitate contemporary health protection practices for those working across the surge workforce in a range of areas and abilities. On completion of the course, you will be armed with the knowledge to effectively assist in surge capacity environments. This extends across the health profession, from allied health, general practitioners and nurses through to executive management and leadership groups.


    As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection, you will have demonstrated professional competencies in health protection practice with specific application to public health incidents relating to communicable diseases and environmental health. This course is relevant to people working within local, state, national or international government, hospital staff, residential care staff, non-government agencies, and emergency response workers.

    You will also be supported to continue study in the Master of Public Health.

    Course structure

    Complete the following 4 units

    This unit will provide a broad understanding of current environmental health concepts. Students undertaking this course will gain insight into how our health is influenced by our environments and ecology, and the likely impacts of climate change and benefits of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Communicable Disease Epidemiology will explore communicable diseases of humans from an epidemiological perspective. It will provide an introductory overview of the basic biological knowledge needed to understand the interactions within and between populations of microbes, human and other animals. Students…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit provides essential background on the different types of surveillance systems used in public health, and the strengths and limitations of the data held within those systems. Students will learn the skills and knowledge required to perform descriptive analyses…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit provides essential background to professionals working in local, state and national settings for effective outbreak response. Students will learn the skills and knowledge required to respond to communicable disease outbreaks and other public health incidents. This includes: the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection requires

    • A relevant undergraduate degree at AQF7 level in fields such as health sciences, medicine, nursing, science, psychology, social sciences, health professions and health services management,
    • OR Equivalent relevant industry experience.

    Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection requires

    • A relevant undergraduate degree at AQF7 level in fields such as health sciences, medicine, nursing, science, psychology, social sciences, health professions and health services management, and
    • English Language: IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5) 
       

    Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

    Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection may receive full (50 credit points) of credit into the Master of Public Health.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $7,737 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $15,473 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    How can we help?

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    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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