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C11235v1 Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Health Policy (GradCertHPol)
UAC code: 940908 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 080782B
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand, interpret, influence and shape health policy. It provides an understanding of the way the healthcare system operates and the challenges it faces.

This course provides a deeper understanding of the current issues shaping health policy and an opportunity for specialisation in four key areas: economics; law; communication and learning; and Indigenous health. The course also provides a foundation in statistics, epidemiology and Indigenous studies.

The course provides a career pathway for health professionals, government employees, consultants and other professionals who want to pursue a career in health policy or have reached their desired role and wish to deepen their professional knowledge and experience.

Course aims

A graduate of this course is able to:

  1. demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability (Professional Behaviour and Accountability)
  2. retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence to influence health policy (Critical Thinking)
  3. demonstrate team and leadership skills while considering health in a global context (Leadership and Teamwork)
  4. effectively and appropriately communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds and in a variety of contexts (Communication)
  5. reflect on current skills, knowledge, attitudes and practice; plan for and implement ongoing personal and professional development (Lifelong Learning)
  6. be professionally and culturally competent, which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness (Indigenous Awareness).

Career options

Career options include positions in Commonwealth and state departments of health, community and consumer-based advocacy groups, government and not-for-profit organisations, local health district services, and non-government service providers.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-year, part-time or one-session, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points of core subjects.

Course completion requirements

92050 Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care 6cp
35513 Statistical Methods 6cp
92638 Foundations of the Australian Healthcare System 6cp
26703 Introductory Health Economics 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

Year 1
Autumn session
92050 Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care   6cp
26703 Introductory Health Economics   6cp
Spring session
92638 Foundations of the Australian Healthcare System   6cp
35513 Statistical Methods   6cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health Policy