Applied Disease Outbreak Management

Applied Disease Outbreak
Management Microcredential

As we live in an ever-connected world, travelling from remote communities to bustling cities, managing diseases and outbreaks has never been more vital to uphold public health. Developed in collaboration with industry professionals at Western Sydney Local Health District Centre for Population Health, this Microcredential ensures that participants acquire practical skills to identify, respond to, and manage disease outbreaks. 

This microcredential is free for the first 80 successful applicants. This microcredential was developed with the support of the Australian Government's Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education. 

Applications now closed.

300 hours of study (14 weeks)

4 March

30 June

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be over the age of 18 and have either:

  • a completed undergraduate bachelor degree in a health-related discipline; or 
  • any completed undergraduate bachelor degree with 6 months full-time equivalent work experience in a relevant health-related discipline. 

The first intake is open to domestic enrolments only and is not currently open to international students. 

Program structure

  • Contemporary Health Protection and Public Health 
  • Epidemiology Basics: Identifying and tracking outbreaks
  • Communicable diseases
  • Public Health legislation, regulations, and orders
  • Public Health Toolkit for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention 
  • Public health surveillance and testing strategies
  • Outbreak management practice
  • Case investigation and contact tracing to control outbreaks
  • Using epidemiology to control outbreaks
  • Implementing Control and Prevention Measures for Effective Communicable Disease Management 

Credit pathways

This Microcredential is ideal for anyone looking to take their career in the healthcare sector to the next level or considering postgraduate studies. An in-demand, industry-relevant opportunity awaits applicants to further deepen their understanding of systems, processes, and principles of disease outbreak management.  

Successful completion of this microcredential may be recognised for 20 credit points towards the:

  • Master of Epidemiology; 
  • Master of Public Health; or 
  • Master of Research.   

In order to be eligible to apply for credit, you must meet the program admission requirements. 

Fees and delivery


This program is free due to in-demand skills and industry needs, backed by government grants. 


This program is delivered online through the OpenLearning platform.

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