Overview

Graduate Certificate in Health Science

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.

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 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.

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

Career Pathways

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.

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

Get Started

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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