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Study at the #1 uni in Queensland for graduate salary1

Empower individuals and communities to live healthier lives.

Upskill your health experience with plans and treatments to improve the lives of others.

JCU’s postgraduate Health degrees are unique in Australia and equip you with a range of skills that can open doors within your career.

Take advantage of JCU's unique geographical location and connections with private and government entities. Be part of the research effort to manage emerging health threats and decrease health disparities for marginalised peoples. Build on your commitment to making a difference with real-world skills in one of the best public health master’s programs in Australia.

Gain the skills and knowledge for success:

  • Make a difference in regional, rural and remote communities.
  • Be ready to step into leadership roles in the health sector.
  • Benefit from leading lecturers and JCU’s strong connections in northern Queensland.

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Postgraduate options

Health Professional Education

Make a difference in healthcare education with a Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education at JCU. Gain a valued qualification from a leading university in rural and remote health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Fast facts

Location: Online
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**

  • Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education: Registration as a nurse, doctor of medicine or other health professional in Australia; or AQF level 7 bachelor degree in relevant discipline with 2 years relevant experience; or equivalent
  • Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education: AHPRA registration as a health professional; or AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline plus 2 years relevant experience; or equivalent
  • Master of Health Professional Education: Registration as a nurse, medical doctor or other health professional in Australia; or AQF level 7 bachelor degree in relevant discipline plus 2 years experience; or equivalent

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Health Professional Education

The postgraduate courses in Health Professional Education at JCU are for health professionals who aspire to work in health education and research. Become a leader in improving clinical teaching and education research in all health professions including medicine, nursing, dentistry and allied health.

Throughout the courses, you’ll focus on teaching and learning in health contexts with specific strategies for clinical settings. Develop skills in assessment, curriculum design and evidence-based research that are relevant to your career in health. Complete every subject online for exceptional flexibility with support from JCU’s outstanding teachers.


What career possibilities are there?

JCU Health Professional Education graduates have the advantage of a qualification in teaching, educating and HPE, in addition to their clinical discipline.

Graduates are employed in urban and rural hospitals, general practices and community clinics.

You could find employment as an education leader in your discipline in tropical and remote areas, and across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the course pages on our website:

Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education

Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Master of Health Professional Education

Lifestyle Medicine

Enhance your existing health care skills with a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree in Lifestyle Medicine at JCU – the only such courses in Australia offered under a school of medicine. Using an evidence-based approach, you’ll learn how to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease and mental health illnesses through lifestyle and social interventions.

Fast facts

Location: Online
Starts: February, July (Graduate Diploma and Masters). Graduate Certificate is available to start in February only.
Entry requirements:**

  • Graduate Certificate of Lifestyle Medicine: AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health discipline or equivalent
  • Graduate Diploma and Master of Lifestyle Medicine: AQF level 7 bachelor's degree in a health discipline and current AHPRA registration as a health professional

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle medicine includes a wide range of subspecialties. These include, but are not limited to, nutritional medicine, addiction medicine, behavioural medicine, health coaching, implementation science and public health. Practitioners aim to address the lifestyle and social determinants of disease and wellbeing, support prevention and management, and, where possible, assist with the reversal of disease states.


What career possibilities are there?

There is an increasingly high demand for lifestyle and public health expertise in almost all health care industries, including primary care and tertiary hospital settings, community projects, industry, not-for profit and government sectors.

The Lifestyle Medicine courses are suited to all health professionals, including but not limited to doctors, dietitians, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, sports and exercise scientists, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, podiatrists and more.

Graduates of JCU’s Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Lifestyle Medicine will have the skills to consult and lead clinical and research programs in a variety of health care settings.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the course pages on our website:

Graduate Certificate of Lifestyle Medicine

Graduate Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine

Master of Lifestyle Medicine

Graduate Certificate of Infection Control

Develop the skills to implement effective infection prevention and treatments as well as control procedures that protect those in hospital and clinical settings and those in the general public.

Fast facts

Location: Online
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in medical, nursing or other relevant health professional qualification; or at least five years' experience in a health profession.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Infection Control

Make a significant contribution to the health of patients, staff and the general public with the Graduate Certificate of Infection Control at JCU. Advance your career in healthcare with the flexibility to continue working while you study.

You will learn infection prevention and control in a variety of health contexts including rural, remote and Indigenous settings in developed and developing countries. Exercise your professional judgement as you design, implement and evaluate infection management strategies.


What career possibilities are there?

JCU Infection Control graduates have a broad range of healthcare skills that enable them to make a valuable contribution to the field of infection control.

Graduates go on to work in public and private hospitals, aged care settings, education programs and policy development. They take on roles in metropolitan, regional and rural settings.

You could find employment as a health care administrator, infection control advisor, clinical nurse in infection control, project officer or policy officer.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Graduate Certificate of Infection Control course page.

Master of Public Health

Build on your practical expertise in health management with advanced skills in public health, with particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in regional and remote locations.

Fast facts

Location: Townsville, Online
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**

AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Public Health

Understand the urgent problems facing vulnerable communities and learn how to develop strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases. Tailor your degree to suit your interests with subjects on infection prevention and control, human parasitology and medical entomology, social science in public health, health promotion, travel medicine, environmental health and health economics.


What career possibilities are there?

Master of Public Health graduates work in a wide range of roles that focus on protecting the health of the population, preventing poor health outcomes, and promoting health and wellbeing.

These could involve you working in disaster preparedness, biosecurity or child and maternal health in communities at risk. Your advanced knowledge of public health issues is highly valued in many different settings, including government departments, international aid groups or with local community projects.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help.

Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446
Or, visit the Master of Public Health course page.

Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Take your health career to the next level with specialist skills in public health issues relevant to tropical Australia, surrounding nations and developing countries.

Fast facts

Location: Townsville, Online
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Public Health and Tropical Medicine

With a similar basis to the Master of Public Health, this degree looks deeper into the areas of epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, complications, differential diagnosis, investigation and management of tropical diseases.

Learn about the unique challenges of tropical living through studies in human parasitology. Become an effective researcher skilled in identifying diseases and developing interventions.


What career possibilities are there?

Graduates are often employed in areas requiring specialised human, project and organisational management skills, with a good understanding of the public health and policy context.

Use your knowledge and expertise in public health and tropical medicine to help prevent illness and improve the quality of life in under-served communities. Apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained to deliver programs that promote health, prevent disease and protect the health of the population.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine course page.

Master of Public Health – Master of Global Development

Develop the interdisciplinary skills and expertise to address urgent issues facing vulnerable communities in public health and global development.

Fast facts

Location: Online*
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent.

*This course may require some on-campus attendance

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Public Health and Global Development

Gain the strategic expertise to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases. Build your knowledge of infection prevention and control, health promotion and global health, applying an evidence-based approach to public health management.

You’ll also explore ways to address global poverty, inequality, climate change and other development issues. Learn to design, implement and evaluate development projects and policy-related initiatives.


What career possibilities are there?

This unique joint degree prepares you for roles involved with public health management and policy, epidemiology, community development, environmental and regional planning, politics and foreign relations.

With strong skills in project and resource management, leadership, planning, critical evaluation and advanced research, you may be employed by national and international NGOs, government departments, local councils or private sector operators working in areas of health, education or global development.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Master of Public Health - Master of Global Development.

Take your next step with confidence

How to apply

Apply today via the link below using the QTAC or course code on the relevant course page.


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