Courses Handbook 2010

312277 v.1 Graduate Certificate in Health Improvement

Course CRICOS Code: 068625E
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 0 Years


This entry level course is designed for all postgraduate health science, nursing and medical graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise in undertaking health improvement programs in contemporary medical, clinical and health care settings. It provides knowledge of appropriate tools and methodologies to support implementation of clinical practice improvement initiatives within health organisations and settings.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

This Faculty level course will be open to all health professions, nursing, allied health and medical graduates with a recognised Bachelor's degree or higher. Applicants may be considered on a case by case basis if evidence can be provided of equivalent industry training or satisfactory preparation for the course through previous study or professional experience.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Duration and Availability

This course is one semester full-time or equivalent part-time study. There is a first and second semester intake.

Course Organisation

Units in this course may be offered in intensive blocks and weekly lecture formats. Case study teaching and interprofessional team based group work will be expected. For students already working in health organisations there will be significant opportunity to apply theory into practice within their workplace.

Additional Course Expenses

This is a full fee-paying course. A full list of fees is available upon request or at enrolment. In addition, students may be expected to purchase textbooks and other study materials and have, and maintain reliable Internet access. For a full list of explanation of consumable fees, please refer to Curtin’s fees and charges at

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
4712 v.3   Qualitative Methods in Health Research 582 4.0 25.0
301950 v.3   Research and Evaluation in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
312275 v.1   Clinical Practice Improvement Science 591 45.0 25.0
312276 v.1   Human Factors and Patient Safety 591 45.0 25.0
  SELECT 1 OPTION   25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
311225 v.1   Clinical Leadership 561 3.0 25.0
311855 v.1 #   Strategic Leadership 610 3.0 25.0
5698 v.5   Organisational Behaviour 550 3.0 25.0
5757 v.6 *   Organisational Change and Development 573 3.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
13154 v.2   Health Care Systems 681 3.0 25.0
6115 v.9   Health Services Management 584 3.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credit
11099 v.2   Health Planning and Evaluation 582 3.0 25.0
5755 v.6   Managerial Effectiveness 571 39.0 25.0
#      Available by negogiation with course coordinator, for students who are already working in senior leadership positions.
*      Unit is available in trimesters only


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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