Where can I study public health?


The COVID-19 pandemic revealed gaps in “the size, training, structure and credentialing of the public health workforce”. It is essential that the Public Health workforce is skilled and qualified to perform current and future roles needed to protect the health of Australasian populations and communities.

CAPHIA advocated for further investment in the public health workforce pipeline via:

    1. Dedicated Australian Commonwealth Support Placements and additional funded placements across Australasia;
    2. Investment in development of additional Short Courses / Micro-credentials to professionally develop, upskill and re-skill practitioners; and
    3. Investment and scale-up of Public Health Officer Training Programs and similar expert-level Public Health leadership programs. 

As part of advocating for broad scale investment in the public health workforce, CAPHIA has developed a directory of available programs that our member universities.

The Public Health Course Directory allow viewers to search through all Public Health degrees, certificates, diplomas and post-graduate studies (including short courses / micro-credentials) on offer by CAPHIA Member Institutions. 

Executive Summary

Our 39 Member institutions offer 357 Public Health courses throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and PNG. Of those, only 26 are “short courses” (micro-credentials) which demonstrates an under-invested area to rapidly upskill, re-skill and professionally develop the current public health workforce. 

The most frequent degree level offered for study in public health is a ‘masters’ (n=95) followed by a ‘graduate certificate’ (n=76) and then a ‘bachelor’ (n=62). 

How to Use this Directory

The directory enables users to search for:

  • Course type (Bachelor, PhD, Short course etc.)
  • Course name
  • Region
  • Delivery mechanism (online, face to face)
  • Accreditation status.


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