Graduate Certificate in Health Protection (H5P)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1 Years, 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

Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

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.

Opportunity to study with partial fee waiver

As part of the Job Ready Certificate program, domestic students commencing  in Semester 2 2021 may be eligible to receive HECS fee waiver for one unit in the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection.

Please visit our Certificates page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Ready Certificates.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to function in, contemporary health protection practice.
  • Apply microbiological processes and principles and utilise this to prevent and control the spread of infection.
  • Analyse information on environmental hazards, assess potential health impacts and relative risk.
  • Demonstrate skills to respond to public health outbreaks and incidents using a systematic approach
  • 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

As part of the Job Ready Certificate program, domestic students commencing  in Semester 2 2021 may be eligible to receive HECS fee waiver for one unit in the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection.

Please visit our Certificates page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Ready Certificates.

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

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

This unit explores communicable diseases of humans from an epidemiological perspective. It provides an introductory overview of the basic biological knowledge needed to understand the interactions within and between populations of microbes, human and other animals. Students will learn to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 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
HobartSemester 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
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

Entry requirements

Students undertaking this Course will hold 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.

Graduates of this course will be supported to continue study in the Master of Public Health.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

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

As part of the Job Ready Certificate program, domestic students commencing  in Semester 2 2021 may be eligible to receive HECS fee waiver for one unit in the Graduate Certificate in Health Protection.

Please visit our Certificates page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Ready Certificates.

How can we help?

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