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0.5 year(s) full-time

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$AU 27,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • Gain advanced non-clinical skills and knowledge aligned to your areas of interest.
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff.
  • Extend your knowledge as a health professional and enhance your skills to pursue professional development interests in a variety of health science areas.



Designed to further enhance the skills and knowledge of allied health professionals, this graduate certificate will prepare you for leadership and management roles in a variety of health science areas. You will have the opportunity to advance your knowledge of the current health system, clinical education or a topic area of your choice that is relevant to your professional role.

The structure and delivery of this qualification is flexible, allowing you to study online and tailor your learning to specific areas of interest. This graduate certificate is only offered on a part-time basis, usually over one year, and is only offered to Australian students.

Why Graduate Certificate in Health Science

Why this Degree

Award-winning teaching staff and accessible online learning facilities mean this graduate certificate is a great choice for professionals who may be already working in the health sector and are interested in advancing their skills and knowledge.

As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction1
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 502 

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
22017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Your career

In today’s complex health and wellness systems there is increasing demand for non-clinical management roles related to the improvement and maintenance of individual and population health. Dedicated people with specialised skills, in-depth industry knowledge and an understanding of health beyond illness and disease are needed to work within these systems.

As the health and wellbeing industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising. Careers to consider:

  • clinical manager: oversee day-to-day management of the workplace, develop and implement policies, and set and monitor budgets
  • community development manager: ensure the growth and overall health and vitality of a region; community development managers might work for non-profit organisations, social service agencies and financial institutions
  • health researcher: design, manage and direct research projects related to non-clinical healthcare

Graduates may also transition into leadership or management roles in:

  • government
  • hospitals
  • mental health and public health units
  • healthcare foundations
  • aged care and disability services
  • academia

Industry facts


Employment for health therapy professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 21,600 (25.2 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Healthcare and social assistance is a strongly growing industry. As Australia's largest employing industry it employs more than 1.5 million and accounts for 13 per cent of workers1.

1ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

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Through a range of theoretical and practical learning you will gain a thorough understanding of current health systems, clinical education, or a topic area of your choice that is relevant to your professional role. You will complete one core course that aims to advance your decision-making and leadership skills.

You will also complete two or three courses (the number of courses chosen will depend on the units that are attributed to the courses you select – you must select 13.5 units) from the following:

  • Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Contexts
  • Health Science Advanced Knowledge Project
  • Sectional Anatomy
  • Introductory Epidemiology
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies for Health Professional Education
  • Educational Assessment for Health Professionals
  • Foundations of Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports
  • online activities
  • discussion papers
  • case study analysis
  • study proposals
  • quizzes
  • assignments
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Health HLTH 5141 4.5
Plus 13.5 units selected from the following courses
Advanced Pharmacology for Podiatrists PHAR 5028 9 Rule(s): 1
Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Contexts NURS 5150 9
Health Science Advanced Knowledge Project HLTH 5145 4.5
Sectional Anatomy BIOL 5004 4.5
Introductory Epidemiology HLTH 5131 4.5
Teaching and Learning Strategies for Health Professional Education HLTH 5183 4.5
Educational Assessment for Health Professionals HLTH 5181 4.5
Foundations of Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals HLTH 5182 9

I have an interest in curriculum development, research and innovative teaching practices in the area of medical sonography.

AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

Program Director

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Portrait image for AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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