Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Develop foundational research skills and knowledge applicable to a wide range of health disciplines and clinical settings.
  • Gain practice-based research training applicable to real world, national and international health issues.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options, including online and part-time study.
  • Build solid foundations to pursue further research training.



The Graduate Certificate in Health Research is suitable for health professionals wishing to upskill in foundational skills and knowledge in health research methods. It allows the development of research capacity in the health workforce and provides a pathway for further research training.

You will develop research capacity in understanding, appraising, and designing health research, which will provide you with solid foundations to pursue further research training, such as a Masters by Research. In addition, by providing you with the relevant knowledge and skills to search for and critically appraise research evidence, this degree will help you to apply evidence-based practice (EBP) into clinical decision making processes, which is now recognised as a core competency across a range of health professions.

You’ll graduate with core research competencies including understanding research designs and formulating research questions, data acquisition and analysis, interpretation of research studies and their clinical relevance.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will gain a critical and practical understanding of research principles, methods, data sources/acquisition and analysis, and interpretation of findings, applicable to health research.

You will be able to confidently access, manage and analyse various types of health data, and also to effectively communicate, translate and disseminate research principles, theories and findings to inform policy and practice.

Study in either a full-time or part-time capacity, with opportunities for real-time interaction through weekly virtual classrooms. All courses are available online to provide flexible learning arrangements, and are scheduled to complement each other in terms of both principles/content and to provide staged learning opportunities irrespective of whether a candidate is enrolled full-time or part-time.

You will also have the opportunity to choose an elective from areas such as health evaluation, qualitative research approaches or research project development.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Biostatistics for Health Research HLTH 5187 4.5
Health Research Methods HLTH 5199 4.5
Research Planning HLTH 5200 4.5
Elective Rule(s): 1

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Graduate Certificate in Health Research

Why this Degree

You will receive practice-based research training through coursework with assessments applicable to real world, national and international health issues.

You’ll graduate with the foundational knowledge and skills in research methods used in health research in order to develop the health workforce capacity, and as a pathway to further learning.

As Australia’s university of enterprise, we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students and we are ranked in the world’s top 50 under 50.1

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia, with 100 per cent of our assessed research rated as world-class or above.2 We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health.

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

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Real-world connections

Our staff of active researchers will ensure you graduate from this qualification with relevant skills – it is also a great opportunity for you to begin to build your industry network.

Career outcomes

Your career

This postgraduate qualification is primarily designed for existing health professionals who would like to further develop their skill set, or for those wishing to pursue further research training.

Graduates may be employed by:

  • agencies responsible for health, including local, state and federal government and non-government organisations
  • regulatory bodies
  • health research centres or institutes
  • health education facilities.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am privileged to lead this flexible and dynamic degree focused on developing foundational skills and knowledge in health research methods to increase research capacity in the health workforce and provide a pathway for further research training. This is achieved in a supportive, online learning environment in which students learn from world-class researchers.

Dr Terry Boyle

Program Director

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Dr Terry Boyle

Program Director


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