Graduate Diploma in Health Science
- Effective from: 2020
- Approved Abbreviation: GradDipHlthSc
- Western Sydney University Program Code: 4700
- AQF Level: 8
CRICOS Code: 064831J
This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 or later.
Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.
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 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.
One year full-time or two years part-time.
Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.
|Online||Full Time||Online||See above|
|Online||Part Time||Online||See above|
|Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road||Full Time||Internal||See above|
|Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road||Part Time||Internal||See above|
The Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) has Professional Accreditation with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).
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 program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.
There is an optional work component available in this program. Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.
International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the program 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.
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.
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.
Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. 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 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.
All other International applicants must apply directly to the 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.
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.
Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.
Students must complete the following subjects.
|PUBH 7031||Health Systems and Policy||10|
|PUBH 7016||Introduction to Epidemiology||10|
|PUBH 7033||The Social Determinants of Health||10|
|HLTH 7025||Healthcare Data for Decision-Making||10|
|HLTH 7022||Advanced Health Service Management||10|
|PUBH 7030||Health Systems Planning and Evaluation||10|
|Select two alternate subjects from the list below||20|
|Total Credit Points||80|
|POLI 7002||Translation from Theory and Research to Policy||10|
|REHA 7027||Research into Practice: bridging the clinician-researcher divide in applied and creative therapies||10|
|BUSM 7027||Employment Relations Professional Practice||10|
|BUSM 7043||Industrial Relations and Workplace Change||10|
|BUSM 7081||Reward Management||10|
|BUSM 7087||Strategic Employment Relations||10|
|ACCT 7015||Financial Reports for Decision Making||10|
|BUSM 7024||Developing Human Capital and Organisational Capability||10|
|BUSM 7025||Diversity, Labour Markets and Workforce Planning||10|
|BUSM 7045||Innovation Through Digital Technology||10|
|BUSM 7040||Governance, Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship||10|
|BUSM 7072||New Venture Finance||10|
|BUSM 7028||Entrepreneurial Management Capabilities||10|
|BUSM 7046||Innovation for New Markets||10|
|BUSM 7048||Innovation, Creativity and Foresight||10|
|INFS 7001||Advanced Healthcare Data Environments||10|
|INFS 7002||Advanced Healthcare Software and Systems||10|
|BUSM 7064||Managing Project Teams and Stakeholders||10|
|BLDG 7009||Project Procurement Systems||10|
|BUSM 7082||Risk Management and Decision Making||10|
|BUSM 7090||Strategic Project Management||10|
|BUSM 7097||Time and Quality Management||10|
|NURS 7028||Leadership in Clinical Practice||10|
|MGMT 7003||Financial Management of Projects||10|
|PUBH 7020||Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision||10|
|PUBH 7026||Supporting Aged Communities||10|
|PUBH 7018||Leadership for Quality and Safety in Health Care||10|
|PUBH 7014||Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care||10|
|PUBH 7004||Communicable Diseases||10|
|PUBH 7011||Health Advancement and Health Promotion||10|
|HLTH 7002||Building Organisational Capacity in Health Care||10|
|PUBH 7028||Surveillance and Disaster Planning||10|
|HLTH 7008||Introduction to Biostatistics||10|
|AGEN 7005||Research Protocol Design and Practice||10|
|NURS 7019||Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care||10|
|PUBH 7015||Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology||10|
|PUBH 7010||Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases||10|
|PUBH 7002||Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology||10|
|PUBH 7025||Statistical Methods in Epidemiology||10|
|PUBH 7008||Environmental Epidemiology||10|
|PUBH 7005||Controversies in Epidemiology||10|
|PUBH 7006||Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology||10|
|HLTH 7015||Qualitative Research Methodology in Health||10|
|HLTH 7024||Health Services Financing||10|
|HLTH 7025||Healthcare Data for Decision-Making||10|
|PUBH 7029||Digital Health Management||10|
|PUBH 7032||Patient-centred digital healthcare||10|
|HLTH 7029||Quality and Safety||10|
|PUBH 7034||Workplace Safety and Risk Management||10|
|BUSM 7078||Project Management||10|
|HUMN 4001||Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research||10|
|HUMN 4003||Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication||10|
The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.
Further information on recommended progression is available on the Postgraduate Health Science progression page.