Graduate Certificate in Applied Clinical Health Research

Approved Abbreviation: GCAppClinHlthRes

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4752.2

AQF Level: 8

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 Autumn 2019 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 - 2018 - please refer to: 4752.1 Graduate Certificate in Applied Clinical Health Research

Graduates from this course will have advanced knowledge and skills to undertake sound applied clinical research in healthcare from the development of a research question through to publishing the results of their research. Students will gain knowledge and understanding in all aspects of the research process involving human participants. Through searching and critiquing the literature, and formulating a full research proposal, students will complete a Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) thereby demonstrating their knowledge and skills to conceptualise and conduct a research project in a clinical setting. Successful completion of this course provides an articulation pathway into higher level research qualifications offered at Western such as the Master of Research.

Study Mode
One year part-time.


Candidature for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Clinical Health Research is based on the following requirements:

Successful completion of an Advanced Diploma, or higher, in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pathology, optometry, nutrition, human science, naturopathy, complementary medicine, nursing, midwifery, psychology, health science, sports science, physiotherapy or occupational therapy


One year full-time equivalent work experience in a health related discipline and current employment in a health setting.

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.

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, including the units listed below.

Common Core Unit

400975Ethics in Health Research

One Alternate unit from the list below

401167Applied Research in Health Care
400839Collaborative Inquiry for Primary Health Care Action
301004Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies

From Autumn 2021, this unit will be replaced by 301387. Students are advised to select 301387 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies.

301387Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice

One Alternate unit from the list below

301028Advanced Healthcare Data Environments
400856Approaches to Epidemiology
401174Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
401168Evidence Based Health Care
401077Introduction to Biostatistics

And one elective

The elective unit (10 credit points) in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Clinical Health Research may be chosen from across the University, provided that unit pre-requisites are met.

401076Introduction to Epidemiology
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
301029Advanced Healthcare Software and Systems

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