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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
Program Code11686

Program handbook


The Graduate Certificate in Health Science will provide students with skills and knowledge fundamental to most health related areas of work. The Graduate Certificate in Health Science has two core courses; Research Methodology and Design and Foundations of Health Promotion. Students are required to complete the core courses and 20 units from a directed courses list which will provide specialist knowledge for specific graduate careers.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated a capacity for collecting, monitoring and reviewing evidence to inform health service practice
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and evaluate factors affecting health and illness
  • Demonstrated an understanding of research methods and their application to health service practice
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and safety
  • Displayed respect for the community and the environment


Information correct as at17 Sep 2021 3:44 am
Program code11686
Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

* Minimum of a three year undergraduate degree in a health-related area; or

* Other tertiary qualifications in health together with a minimum of two years' work experience in a health-related field.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

Program requirements

Qualification for the award of Graduate Certificate in Health Science requires 40 units of course work undertaken over 0.5 years full time or 3 years part time. Students will be required to complete

* 20 units of core courses; and

* 20 units from a directed course list.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC4120Research Methodology and Design
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
HPRO6715Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR6001Aboriginal Foundation Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6040Human Resource Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6200Financial and Management Accounting
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (UNCIE)
10 units
INDH6007Investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the public health contextNot currently offered10 units
MEDI6295Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6250Ageing and Health
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6010Occupational Health
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6020Occupational Hygiene Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6150Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6301Chronic Disease and Injury Control
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
SOCA6640Social Science Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

The University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.

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