Graduate Certificate in Health Science

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Overview

Are you looking to advance your career in health and/or looking to gain a health qualification that will give you entry into a coursework Master program in the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle? If so, the Graduate Certificate in Health Science could be your preferred option. This program can be completed, part-time, in twelve months. It aims to provide you with postgraduate educational grounding.

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.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

11686

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location
Online
Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Average Course Fee (1 subject)
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

11686

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Is It For You?

If you don’t have the entry requirements for a coursework Master program in health and/or you are looking to advance your career in health, the Graduate Certificate in Health Science at the University of Newcastle will enable you to fine tune your studies to suit your career goals.

Offered online, this program will develop your skills, theoretical knowledge and ability to apply health knowledge in a professional setting.

Career Opportunities

Your Graduate Certificate in Health Science from the University of Newcastle will provide you with a broad knowledge in heath and research methods. Demand for skilled and qualified practitioners has increased, resulting in more career opportunities for graduates in health-related studies. This program will prepare you for future postgraduate studies in a coursework Master program.

If you already have a four-year health degree and/or at least one year’s experience in health, you may be already eligible to study the Master of Health Science.

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Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Science program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, and professional experience.

The table below outlines the required number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
Minimum 3 year undergraduate degree in a health-related area Zero
Other tertiary qualifications in Health Two

If you would like your work experience to be considered, please provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 11686
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

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.

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 year´s work experience in a health-related field.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language 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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Transition Arrangements

Students enrolled in the current Graduate Certificate in Health Science will be able to complete their program. All courses in the program continue to be availabel as part of other programs.

Requirements and Structure

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

Course Information

Core Courses

Choose 20 units from Core Courses.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC4120 Research Methodology and Design Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
HPRO6715 Foundations of Health Promotion Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from Directed Courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6007 Investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the public health context Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6040 Human Resource Management Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6200 Accounting and Financial Management Trimester 1 - 2016 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
HLSC6106 Foundations in Family Studies Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HPRO6900 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6250 Ageing and Health Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6020 Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6150 Introduction to Quality and Safety in Health Care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6301 Chronic Disease and Injury Control Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6640 Social Science Research Methods Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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