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    Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance
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    Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Graduate Certificate

    Study Type

    Part Time



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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 1 year
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 19,640  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance


    Develop the skills to provide coordinated and informed public health responses to humanitarian emergencies and disaster events in Australia and internationally with this specialised course. Building on your existing healthcare qualifications and knowledge, you will learn how to best engage with displaced persons, manage response and recovery systems, and become a leader in areas of prevention, policy and planning.

    Specialise in a field you're passionate about with a Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance. This course is designed for health professionals and graduates who want to develop skills and knowledge in this area.

    This certificate has two core subjects, Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disaster Health Management. You will choose two elective subjects that align with your career goals and interests, with topics including disaster management principles, leadership in disaster management, infection prevention and control, environmental health and epidemiology for public health.

    Your studies will prepare you to effectively contribute to disaster health management through developing a thorough understanding of disaster prevention, preparation, response and recovery systems. You will be equipped for both national and international work in emergency response settings, particularly focused on displaced populations.

    JCU Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance graduates are highly trained specialists who make valuable contributions to the field of disaster health and humanitarian assistance.

    This course is delivered in mixed-mode (some face-to-face teaching components are included and on-campus attendance may be required) and is available part-time only.

    View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

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

    English language requirements

    Band 2

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    JCU Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance graduates are specialised professionals who find employment in a variety of local and global health settings such as international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), the United Nations and related agencies, and Australian government.

    Graduates pursue careers in the field of international humanitarian assistance with organisations such as Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières, or have gained employment in disaster management positions such as local council disaster recovery and community development positions within Australia.

    Fee Information

    +total estimated tuition fee

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 19,640 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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