The Graduate Certificate in Health Science provides current health professionals or those wishing to move into this sector a short albeit comprehensive exposure to contemporary issues in health care. It explores the socioeconomic and epidemiological determinants of health and disease, providing a sound knowledge of the use of healthcare data for decision-making. It provides an entry point to the Diploma in Health Science for those who wish to continue on their professional development journey with further studies.
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Advance your career or kick-start it in a new direction with Postgraduate study at Western.
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Plan a healthier future
The core units of Public Health, Policy and Society will enable you to develop a systemic understanding of various public health policy frameworks and issues, provide the context and history for understanding public health approaches, and let you explore the cultural and social dimensions of health and illness and the economic and political environment in which health policies and strategies are developed and implemented.
The Epidemiology unit will study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other health-related conditions in populations, and the application of this study to the control of health problems.
You will additionally complete two electives of your choice from a wide variety of disciplines including Health Services and Facilities Planning, Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care and Health Workforce Planning.
As one of Australia’s premier health sciences education institutions, Western Sydney University is internationally renowned for our teaching and research activities. At the forefront of innovative professional programs, we are recognised as a world leader in research across both clinical and non-clinical health sciences. It’s why graduates from our Health Science are so highly sought after. Focus on current, evidence-based learning taught by leading experts in the field. Mixing study at our Parramatta campus with online units you’ll learn how to effectively assess and respond to emerging issues in health and further advance your career as a health professional in the health sector and other industries.
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus, online
Fees: AUD $15,057*
Delivery: On campus
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As a health science graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities as:
- Health services management
- Aged care management
- Health planning
- International health
- Occupational health and safety
- Occupational and environmental hygiene
- Research studies
Health Promotion Research Officer
A research officer develops health promotion research; ensuring ethical standards are upheld within research; the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the effectiveness of an program; and the dissemination of findings to the general public and professional audiences.
Public Health Planner
In this role you will plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. You may manage an entire facility such as a hospital, or specialise in managing a specific clinical area or medical practice.
Health Promotion Officer
Health Promotion Officers identify and address priority health and wellbeing issues and deliver population health interventions. They develop and implement health promotion programs and evaluate their effectiveness.
Quality Improvement Officer
Quality Improvement Officers can be involved in the strategic planning and supervision of quality and safety activities at major metropolitan hospitals or for an area health service.
Project Officers work specifically on designated health related projects. Their tasks involve the conceptualisation, design, implementation and evaluation of the project. They can also be involved in evaluating and formulating operational improvements for a health district.
Practice Managers coordinate and manage the day to day operations of a health care practice (such as a community or medical).
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators increase knowledge and awareness of positive health behaviours within the population through primary prevention information.
A Diversional Therapist works with people of all ages and abilities. They design and facilitate individualised recreation and leisure programs that support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals.
Recreation Officers develop, support and coordinate sport and recreation programs and services for the benefit of communities.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.