Graduate Certificate in Health Management – ECA College of Heath Sciences – CHS

Graduate Certificate in Health Management

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Why Graduate Certificate in Health Management 

The Graduate Certificate in Health Management at CHS will accelerate your readiness for Australia’s booming industry. With this course, you will extend your knowledge and skills in the Australian healthcare system. You will develop an extensive understanding of the contemporary challenges, leadership and management as well as governance, safety and quality in the Australian Healthcare ecosystem.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Management is designed to be oriented to Australia’s healthcare industry and its complexity and necessities in order to enhance our students’ job readiness.

This course also enables the students to proceed to Graduate Diploma in Health Management and Master of Health Management. CHS offers a pathway to Master of Health Management and an exceptional research experience with the combination of research methodology, contemporary theory and industry practice.

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Health Management is a postgraduate course that aims to build core knowledge and skills in students and healthcare professionals through development of enhanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in healthcare, self, individual and team leadership and quality, safe, collaborative healthcare practice and delivery.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the leadership capabilities required to effectively manage self, individuals and teams in the delivery of healthcare.
  • Evaluate current healthcare challenges to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
  • Design appropriate strategies to address current quality and safety challenges in healthcare.
  • Develop plans to build and improve own leadership and management capabilities to enhance collaborative practice to address current and future organisational needs.
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    Face to Face and Online Learning Experience
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    Strong Industrial Connections
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    Acquire the Graduate Attributes
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    In-depth Learning and New Insights
  • Career Opportunities

    By completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Management graduates will gain the core knowledge, perspectives, skills and high-level cognitive abilities in key areas such as understanding the structure and complexity of the health and social care system, governance, safety and quality in healthcare, and leadership and management in healthcare.

    Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health Management course prepares you for opportunities to expand your career into administrative and managerial teams charged with planning and managing the delivery of health and social care services in a variety of fields, such as hospitals and community health centres, private clinics, aged care services, health planning and administration or quality assurance in government agencies, aid services and so on.

  • Course Delivery

    This course will be offered in the future, in a blended mode or online flexible mode (domestic students only) to provide maximum flexibility for students. The CHS utilises Canvas LMS to deliver technology enhanced learning experiences and also to enable self- directed collaboration and engagement by students. By thoughtfully integrating face-to-face with online learning experiences, the blended learning experience combines the strengths of both modes to foster a community of learning approach while at the same time encouraging independent learning.

  • Course Structure

    Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 24 credit points by completing the following units:

    Unit Code Unit Title Study Period Credit Points Study Load each week (12 weeks)
    HM001 The Australian Healthcare System: Contemporary Challenges Trimester 1 8 Classroom: 4Hrs
    Self-Directed: 8Hrs
    HM002 Governance, Safety & Quality in Healthcare Trimester 1 8 Classroom: 4Hrs
    Self-Directed: 8Hrs
    HM003 Leadership & Management in Healthcare Trimester 1 8 Classroom: 4Hrs
    Self-Directed: 8Hrs
    Completion of Degree 24 Credit Points Total Study Hours: 432Hrs
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Management is based on the following requirements:

    • Recognised Bachelor degree (AQF 7), or an equivalent, or higher qualification in any discipline OR;
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in any discipline (AQF 8) OR;
    • Have a minimum of three years relevant work experience in a health-related field (see the list below). The relevant work experience must be demonstrated through a CV and a Statement of Service, confirming the dates of employment and the position held within the organisation.

    Special Entry: Indigenous students, students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds and students with disabilities who apply to CHS will have their applications individually assessed by the Dean. Successful applicants will be provided with ongoing support to meet their specific learning needs. CHS will review Alternate and Special Entry applications to ensure that students admitted to the course have appropriate levels of experience.

    List of relevant health contexts: Health administration, environmental health, allied health, health information management, medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, clinical, research and biomedical health, human biological sciences, forensic, food and pharmacology sciences, welfare aged care, behavioural science, sport and recreation disciplines, public health, epidemiology, medical technology (Medical Lab Technologists), biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences, human physiology, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, paramedicine, physiotherapy, speech pathology and chiropractic disciplines.


  • English Language Requirements (For International Students)

    Applicants with international qualifications not delivered in English must demonstrate English equivalency as follows (subject to verification – refer to table below):

    a. Academic IELTS: 6.5 or higher overall with a minimum writing and speaking score of 6.0; or
    b. IBT (Internet-based TOEFL) overall score of 79 with a writing section minimum of 21 and speaking 18; or
    c. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Overall score 180, writing and speaking 180; or
    d. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall 176 with writing and speaking minimum score of 169; or
    e. PTE Academic Module with a minimum score of 58 with a writing and speaking section minimum of 50.
    f. English For Academic Purposes Level 2 (EAP 2): Upper Intermediate ‘A’ grade or higher with IELTS 6.5 requirement.

    Where there is any doubt about an applicant’s ability to successfully undertake the course, then the applicant will be interviewed by the Course Coordinator before a final decision on the admission of the applicant is made. The Course Coordinator may request additional evidence relating to English language proficiency (including in work or scholarly context). During these interviews, specific consideration will be given to the recruitment and admission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prospective students.

    Conditional Offers on Satisfying English Language Requirements

    Applicants who do not meet CHS’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional letter of offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to commencing their CHS award course. The duration of the English language course varies, typically from 4 to 20 weeks. The required duration of study is dependent on the applicant’s prior achieved English language proficiency as identified in their scores in approved English language courses completed within the past 24 months (refer to the table below).

    Course Level IELTS Overall IELTS Bands – S, L, R, W EAP 1 (weeks) EAP 2 (weeks)
    AQF Level 9 Master/ 6.5M none less than 6
    less than 6 12
    6 none less than 6 12
    AQF 8 Grad Cert/ Grad Dip less than 6 6 12
    5.5 none less than 5.5 6 12
    less than 5.5 12 12
    5 less than 5 12 12
    less than 5 12 12
    4.5 none less than 4.5 12 12
    less than 4.5 12 12

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International Students

Visa requirement: Enrolment in a Graduate Certificate course alone will not be accepted for the purposes of international student visa. However, students may be able to package this with another course at higher level in order to meet the criteria for grant of an international student visa.

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