Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

192905 v.3 Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences


Course CRICOS Code: 007873E
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course develops an understanding of the totality and unity of the health care effort, of the value of a multidisciplinary team approach to health issues and of the basic tools of intellectual inquiry and research. Graduates are capable of contributing to the development of a more effective health care system. The course attracts health professionals including: doctors; health educators; health administrators; nurses; pharmacists; occupational therapists; physiotherapist; dentists; podiatrists; psychologists; dieticians; radiographers; audiologists; speech therapists; environmental health scientists and educators. It is also aimed at those non health professionals intending a career as health science administrators, research scientists or planners and health educators.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A basic qualification at degree level or its equivalent level in one of the professions appropriate to the proposed area of study. Applicants without qualifications and work experience may be required to undertake bridging units for admissions.

Specific Requirements

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. Many of the units are available by distance learning and/or WebCT (online learning). Classes are conducted in the late afternoon and evenings.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Course Organisation

The course consists of multidisciplinary core units and stream units. Students select a stream of study relevant to their future career goals. There are four streams of study - Advanced Specialisation, Addiction Studies, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Women's Health.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1

300382 v.2   Advanced Specialisation Stream (PG Dip Hlth Scs)   200.0
300383 v.2   Addiction Studies Stream (PG Dip Hlth Scs)   200.0
300385 v.2   Epidemiology and Biostatistics Stream (PG Dip Hlth Scs)   200.0
300391 v.2   Women's Health Stream (PG Dip Hlth Scs)   200.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 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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