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Graduate Diploma in Health Science

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipHlthSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4700.3

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 064831J

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2020 or later.

Commencement Year 2016 - 4700.2 Graduate Diploma in Health Science

Commencement Year 2015 - 4700.1 Graduate Diploma in Health Science

The Graduate Diploma in Health Science provides students with an opportunity to delve deeper into issues relevant to the Australian healthcare system as well as international models of healthcare. It explores the socioeconomic, behavioural, biological and societal determinants of health and disease, providing a sound knowledge in epidemiology and the use of healthcare data for decision-making. It provides an entry point to the Master of Health Science for those who wish to continue on their professional development journey with further studies.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time

The Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) has Professional Accreditation with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).


Applicants must have either

An undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant health-related discipline


A graduate diploma or graduate certificate in any discipline and two years full-time equivalent work experience in a relevant health-related discipline.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information. International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

This course will include WIL opportunities that involve using the workplace and community as a site and as a source for learning. WIL partners include various Local Health Districts, hospitals, aged care providers, and other health service providers found within the community. Two units will be focused on WIL, one using workplaces and communities as sources for learning through project-based learning, and the other following the more traditional WIL format of using the workplace and community as a site for learning. Details of the units are as follows:

Professional Project 1 – this unit will use the workplace as a source of learning, by bringing industry partners to campus to present “wicked problems” that students will then work on solving. Industry partners will then return to, together with the unit coordinator and other academic staff, assess the solutions presented by students, potentially selecting some that can be used in their real healthcare services. Industry partners will be involved in mentoring activities with students while academic staff will support students throughout the process.

Professional Internship in Health – this unit will use workplace and community as a site for learning and will involve 320h of placement with a healthcare service. Assessment is undertaken by the on-site supervisors using a comprehensive form and supporting documentation and resources. Mid-placement checks with both students and supervisors are undertaken to pre-empt any concerns as well as random checks throughout. Students are required to complete academic assessment tasks, including an e-Portfolio and a workplace product at the end.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete the following units.

Domain Units

401363Health Systems and Policy
401076Introduction to Epidemiology
401372The Social Determinants of Health
401365Healthcare Data for Decision-Making

Focus Units

401361Advanced Health Service Management
401364Health Systems Planning and Evaluation

Choose two alternate units from the list below

Alternate Units

102180Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
102728Research into Practice: bridging the clinician-researcher divide in applied and creative therapies
200717Employment Relations Professional Practice
200719Industrial Relations and Workplace Change
200721Reward Management
200722Strategic Employment Relations
200821Financial Reports for Decision Making
200827Developing Human Capital and Organisational Capability
200828Diversity, Labour Markets and Workforce Planning
200845Innovation Through Digital Technology
200848Governance, Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship
200849New Venture Finance
200850Entrepreneurial Management Capabilities
200851Innovation for New Markets
200852Innovation, Creativity and Foresight
301028Advanced Healthcare Data Environments
301029Advanced Healthcare Software and Systems
301187Managing Project Teams and Stakeholders
301191Project Procurement Systems
301192Risk Management and Decision Making
301193Strategic Project Management
301195Time and Quality Management
400235Leadership in Clinical Practice
301194Financial Management of Projects
400238Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
400241Supporting Aged Communities
400777Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
400837Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care
400840Communicable Diseases
400418Health Advancement and Health Promotion
400846Building Organisational Capacity in Health Care
400847Surveillance and Disaster Planning
401077Introduction to Biostatistics
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice
401082Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401174Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
401175Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology
401176Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
401177Environmental Epidemiology
401178Controversies in Epidemiology
401179Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology
401238Qualitative Research Methodology in Health
401362Health Services Financing
401365Healthcare Data for Decision-Making
401366Digital Health Management
401367Patient-centred digital healthcare
401371Quality and Safety
401373Workplace Safety and Risk Management
51240Project Management
800218Researcher Development 1: Reading, Writing, and the Business of Research
800219Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication

Replaced Units

The units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

800166.1 - Research Design 1: Theories of Enquiry

800167.1 - Research Literacies

Further information on recommended progression is available on the Postgraduate Health Science progression page.

Postgraduate Health Science Progression

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