Graduate Certificate in Health Science

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertHlthSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4701.2

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 074199A

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 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 - 4701.1 Graduate Certificate in Health Science

Areas of relevance to health employees in the public or private sector form the foundation subjects of this course: Global perspectives on the social determinants of health; Public health policy; Epidemiology; and Biostatistics.

Study Mode
Six months full-time.


Applicants must have either

An undergraduate or master degree in any discipline


A graduate diploma or graduate certificate in any discipline and two years full-time equivalent work experience in health; health administration; human biological sciences, medical, forensic, food and pharmacology sciences; welfare; behavioural Science and sport and recreation disciplines


Three years full-time equivalent work experience in a health, welfare or aged care environment.

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.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Students must complete the following units

Core Units

401076Introduction to Epidemiology
400416Public Health, Policy and Society

Alternate Units

Choose two units from the list below

400841A Global Perspective on Social Determinants of Health
401175Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology
400846Building Organisational Capacity in Health Care
400840Communicable Diseases
401178Controversies in Epidemiology
401179Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology
401177Environmental Epidemiology
401174Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
400837Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care
400967Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems
400845Health Financial Management
400844Health Services and Facilities Planning
400843Health Workforce Planning
401077Introduction to Biostatistics
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
400778Leadership and the Development of Organisational Capacity
400777Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care
300391Occupational Health Management
401081Organisational Governance and Performance Management
400238Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
300677Safety and Risk Management
400847Surveillance and Disaster Planning
401176Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

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