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Overview

Are you looking to specialise your health science career in areas including aged care, assessment and counselling of alcohol and other drug problems, or working with people diagnosed with stroke?

The Graduate Certificate in Health Science offered by the University of Newcastle will provide you with a quality learning experience in your chosen field, presenting you with employment opportunities across a range of public health disciplines.

This program can be completed, part-time, in twelve months. It aims to provide you with an advanced educational grounding. You will have the opportunity to focus your study around one of the three core disciplines:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Primary Health Care
  • Stroke Management

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your accredited Graduate Certificate in Health Science at a time that suits you. You can also enrol first or second semester.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Health Science is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

If you have a bachelor degree in an approved health related discipline and are looking to improve health outcomes, influence the development of clinical programs and/or move into research, the Graduate Certificate in Health Science at the University of Newcastle has specialisations that enable you to fine tune your studies to suit your career goals.

Depending on your career objectives you can choose from Drugs and Alcohol studies, Primary Health Care and Stroke Management.

Offered online, this advanced program will develop your skills, theoretical knowledge and ability to  apply this knowledge  in a professional setting, and advance your career in your new area of expertise.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Study

The University of Newcastle has designed the Graduate Certificate in Heath Science to offer you three distinct career paths in Drug and Alcohol studies, Primary Health Care or Stroke Management. The program has been structured to prepare you with the fundamentals via specified compulsory courses allocated to each specialisation.

Drug and Alcohol specialisation

You will obtain knowledge across multiple drug and alcohol related disciplines including epidemiology, clinical consequences of drug use and dependence, explanatory models, pharmacology and a range of research and evidence based literature. You will establish clinical contexts for drug and alcohol problems, along with understanding what motivates changes in health behaviour with 100 hours of practical experience integrated into the program.

Primary Health Care specialisation

Not only will you develop your knowledge and skills in the delivery of primary health care, you will learn how to develop the right attitude to work as an expert clinician. This specialisation will encourage you to focus on how to deliver the best possible patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based research and knowledge transfer. You will study courses including epidemiology, motivating health behaviour change, primary health care and contemporary issues in chronic disease management.

Stroke Management specialisation

This specialisation will develop your knowledge and skills in the delivery of health care to people at risk of stroke and/or diagnosed with stroke. This specialisation will encourage you to focus on how to deliver the best possible patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based research and knowledge transfer. You will study courses about acute stroke, stroke rehabilitation and about epidemiology.

In the Stroke Management specialisation (only), you can select one additional course from a prescribed list which includes research and statistics, cultural impacts and influences on drug and alcohol problems, aged care and stroke management, health programs and management and public health.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Heath Science can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

With your Graduate Certificate in Health Science from the University of Newcastle, you will be prepared with a broad knowledge base in your chosen specialisation.

The Drug and Alcohol specialisation will prepare you to critically appraise research literature and apply evidence-based findings in the workplace and an appreciation of preventative approaches related to alcohol and other drug use, including epidemiology, clinical consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context and pharmacology.

The Primary Health Care and Stroke Management specialisations promote the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as an expert clinician within specialist inter-professional primary health care specialist teams and stroke services health care teams.

Demand for skilled and qualified practitioners has increased, resulting in more career opportunities for graduates. As a graduate, you can look forward to pursuing a career in areas across a range of public health disciplines including assessment and counselling of alcohol and other drug problems, improving outcomes in people with health needs , and/or people recovering from stroke. You may also choose to take on more senior roles within advocacy, research studies and/or health planning and promotion.

If you would like to extend your studies to better direct your career in a specific direction, you may consider continuing on to study the Master of Health Science.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Health Science, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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