Disease Detectives

Discover the fascinating world of public health and learn how to detect and track diseases and other health issues. Explore current public health challenges such as drug and alcohol use, smoking and vaping, and sexual health while gaining valuable insights on disease transmission, prevention, and risk factors. By completing this module, you will have a deeper understanding of public health and determine if this rewarding career path is right for you. Enrol now and start your journey towards making a difference in the world. 

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
Online (with an optional on-campus activity)
Course dates
22 July 2024 - 6 September 2024
6 weeks
Applications close
14 June 2024
Total effort
50 hours
Academic lead
Dr Julie Saunders and Dr Gina Arena

UWA Starter fees  –

$247.50 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating partner schools

$55 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating UWA Broadway Schools

$495 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from non-partner schools

Critical information summary
PUBHM010 Disease Detectives [PDF 245KB]
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What you'll learn

Participants will be able to:

Understand key concepts in public health, including the basics of epidemiology

Analyse current approaches to promoting health and preventing disease and interpret current health issues

Develop analytical, research, communication and problem-solving skills

Understand and explain key constructs and terms relating to differential diagnosis and the Guideline's recommendations on differential diagnosis


Why study this course?

This micro-credential brings together a number of fields of study, including Health, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and English, and applies these skills to understand and prevent diseases and other health-related issues. There are many career opportunities within Public Health and an introduction to the field of study can provide insight to options for study and work after secondary school.

How does it work?

50 hours total learning - including:

  • Lecture (asynchronous): 8 x 15min @ 4 weeks
  • Practical application: 2 hours @ 4 weeks
  • Seminar (synchronous): 4 x 90min over 4 weeks
  • Personal study and preparation: 5 hours @ 4 weeks
  • Assessment: 8 hours total (due 2 weeks after 4 week module completed)


What's next after this course?

Future study
Students who successfully complete this micro-credential will:


  • Receive a UWA Professional Development Transcript at the end of your studies, listing all completed UWA micro-credentials – great for uni entry and your resume!
  • Earn 2  stackable  PD Points -  complete two more UWA Starter micro-credentials to earn 6 PD Points and gain credit for one unit towards selected UWA bachelor degrees.
  • Gain points that can contribute towards admission to UWA via Experience-based entry.

Enrol in an undergraduate minor or major in Public Health to pursue study or a future career in this field.


Contact your secondary school for more information or to register for UWA Starter micro-credentials.