Short courses

The School of Public Health offers a number of short courses over the summer break. You do not have to be enrolled in the School of Public Health to take these courses. 

Health Aspects of Disasters (PUBH7117)

This course covers the common types of disasters and effects on health, nutrition and mortality; public health and medical responses; infectious disease and nutritional emergencies; refugee camps; co-ordination of Donor and Aid agencies; disaster preparedness and minimization of health hazards.

For more information and to register for this course, download the course brochure here.

Course coordinator: Associate Professor Nicholas Osborne

One Health: Diseases at the Human-Animal Interface (PUBH7031)

The course will introduce students to the concepts of One Health and emphasise an evidence based approach of applying a One Health approach to infectious diseases surveillance, control and health systems, through a trans-disciplinary framework with special emphasis on human and animal public health and services.

The course work will be illustrated with examples, case studies, good practices and lessons learned from field experience. Pedagogical methods shall be, adult learning methods; theory (readings and lectures); examples from case studies; panel discussions; facilitated group discussion; breakout sessions and group work.

For more information and to register for this course, download the course brochure here. 

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Simon Reid

Tobacco Cessation (PUBH7124)

This course covers the health aspects of tobacco use worldwide; demographic patterns of tobacco use; strategies for tobacco control including behavioural and pharmacological support for individuals; legislation to restrict sales and use; taxation and population education.

Course Coordinator: Dr Coral Gartner, Email:

Mental Health Across the Globe (PUBH7026)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the mental health field in Australia and overseas. It is concerned with understanding mental health epidemiology and burden, policy, economics and current directions in mental health service reform. It explores challenges and opportunities in reducing the burden associated with mental disorders in low, middle and high income countries and for special populations.

Course Coordinators:

  • Ms Fiona Charlson,, (main contact)
  • Ms Sandra Diminic,

Project, 4 units of research (PUBH7900)

Both internal & external students engage in a guided research activity in a selected area of population health. The project is designed to be flexible, with the specific setting, activities and outcomes which include a comprehensive written report, negotiated between the student and advisor(s).

Students can enrol in this course in Semester 1, 2 or Summer Semester.

Before enrolling students must obtain permission from the program coordinator and have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.5 across at least 8 units of coursework, including at least 4 units from Part A.

Course Coordinator: Dr Luke Knibbs, Email: