Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (Sexual Health)

Course 641SH (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 12 months part time.


Dr Hennie Williams


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Tel: +61 3 9341 6249/6200
Fax: +61 3 9347 6757


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

Course Overview: This course is aimed at health practitioners, particularly general practitioners or nurses training in sexual health, (or related fields) who may be in urban, regional or rural Australia. It is also suitable for public health practitioners and students who may have an interest in sexual health. The core subjects taught are available in face-to-face or distance mode and draw on national and international developments in the diagnosis and public health control of sexually transmissible infections.
Graduates from this course will find it easier to enter careers related to sexual health in the fields of clinical care, research, the pharmaceutical industry, or hospitals.


On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (Sexual Health) graduates will:

  • have developed an understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of sexually transmissible infections
  • have gained an understanding of the sexual and reproductive health issues relevant to Australia
  • have developed an understanding of the public health control of sexually transmissible infections
  • have gained the ability to evaluate and synthesise the relevant literature
  • be able to apply the conceptual and practical dimensions of the course in their own professional practice

Course Structure & Available Subjects: Four subjects taken over one or two years part-time (one or two subjects per semester)
Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students must complete the following THREE core subjects
Study Period Commencement:
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Optional Core Subject

An optional core subject instead of 505-433 is the following:
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Elective Subjects

Plus ONE elective subject. The following are recommended electives however an alternate elective subject can be drawn from any public health/sexual health related subject within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. This subject will need to be approved by the Course Coordinator before the student enrolls in it and in agreement with the appropriate other course authority.

Study Period Commencement:
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Not offered in 2010
Entry Requirements:
  • a health related degree, or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and will call for reports from at least two professional referees to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core Participation Requirements: None

Graduate Attributes: The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

Academically excellent:

  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines:

  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leaders in communities:

  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:

  • value different cultures
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
  • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Active global citizens:

  • accept social and civic responsibilities
  • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics

Generic Skills: Please refer to the Course Objectives.
Links to further information:

Core subjects are taught by either distance education or classroom.

Full fee paying overseas students can only apply to study this course by distance.

Mid-Year Entry is available.

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