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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time
1 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

80

Course code

THRES1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Graduate Diploma of Health Research will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills in health research design and practice. This course provides a unique opportunity to learn from acclaimed Menzies School of Health Research professionals in the specialist areas of Indigenous health, public health and global health.

You will acquire theoretical and practical capabilities in:

  • epidemiology;
  • biostatistics;
  • quantitative and qualitative research methods.

On completion you can articulate to a Master of Health Research and undertake a supervised research project; and then proceed, with approval, to Higher Degree Research training. Alternatively, you can articulate to a Master of Public Health.

Career opportunities for graduates include the areas of health research and professional public health practice.

This course requires a high level of academic reading and writing. The University's academic support services are on hand should you need support.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Both Commonwealth supported (CS) and full fee (FF) places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CS place use the SATAC code 1GD034 or UAC code 822040. If you would like to apply for a FF place you will need to use the SATAC code 1GD534 or UAC code 872040.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $29,520.00. This equates to $3,690.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

The Graduate Diploma of Health Research is a one year course. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of health research and the choice of specialist electives provide you with opportunities to explore various areas of health research and public health. Delivered externally online; some units are offered with an internal option.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma of Health Research is a one year course. The core units cover the essential knowledge and skills of health research and the choice of specialist electives provide you with opportunities to explore various areas of health research and public health.
Delivered externally online; some units are offered with an internal option.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core
(5 units)
50Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below:

PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM552 Epidemiology
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
 

Specialist Electives
(3 units)
30

Specialist Elective units from ANY of the following streams totalling 30 credit points:

(Students planning to articulate to a Master of Public Health and complete with a 40cp research project must complete PHM567, PHM516 & PHM559 as specialist electives in the Graduate Diploma of Health Research to meet core requirements of both awards.)

Health Research Stream
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

Public Health Stream
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Course Total80 

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS (Note: student visa holders must follow the International student study plan provided for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS below)

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = ResearchSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research DesignCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
PHM552 EpidemiologyCOPHM553 BiostatisticsCO
Specialist Elective 1SEPHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)CO
Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 3SE

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1Semester 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health
 
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Those students planning to articulate to a Master of Public Health with a Research Project must follow the below study plan. It is essential that this plan is followed in order to fulfil the core requirements of the Master of Public Health.

FULL TIME

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research DesignCOPHM553 BiostatisticsCO
PHM552 EpidemiologyCOPHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)CO
PHM516 Indigenous HealthSEPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
PHM567 Public HealthSEPHM559 Health PolicySE

  PART TIME

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research DesignCOPHM553 BiostatisticsCO
PHM552 EpidemiologyCOPHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)CO
Year 2
PHM516 Indigenous HealthSEPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
PHM567 Public HealthSEPHM559 Health PolicySE

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International student visa holders are required to enrol internally in a full-time load each semster and follow the relevant study plan provided below.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = ResearchSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research DesignCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
PHM552 EpidemiologyCOPHM553 BiostatisticsCO
PHM592 Global HealthSEPHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)CO
Online Specialist Elective*SEOnline Specialist Elective*SE

*SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1Semester 2
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
 
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS (Note: there is no intake for international student visa holders in Semester 2)

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = ResearchSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
  PHM553 BiostatisticsCO
  PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)CO
  Specialist Elective 1SE
Year 2
PHM526 Research DesignCO  
PHM552 Epidemiology CO  
Specialist Elective 2SE  
Specialist Elective 3SE  

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability

Semester 1Semester 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Evaluation (new title 2020)
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health
 
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Disease
PHM593 Tropical Child and Adolescent Health (new title 2020)

Those students planning to articulate to a Master of Public Health with a Research Project must follow the below study plan. It is essential that this plan is followed in order to fulfil the core requirements of the Master of Public Health.

FULL TIME

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  PHM553 BiostatisticsCO
  PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)CO
  PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
  PHM559 Health PolicySE
Calendar Year 2
PHM526 Research DesignCO  
PHM552 EpidemiologyCO  
PHM516 Indigenous HealthSE  
PHM567 Public HealthSE  

PART TIME

Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  PHM553 BiostatisticsCO
  PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)CO
Calendar Year 2
PHM526 Research DesignCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
PHM552 EpidemiologyCOPHM559 Health PolicySE
Calendar Year 3
PHM516 Indigenous HealthSE  
PHM567 Public HealthSE  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate diploma, master's degree or equivalent international qualification. Registered nurses who are graduates of a hospital-based program are also eligible for entry.

Consideration will be given to applicants who only hold a graduate certificate.

International entry pathway

International Pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Diploma of Health Research
Faculty/College
Menzies School of Health Research
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Public Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1GD034
822040
Casuarina campus (FF)
1GD534
872040
Online (CSP)
1GD034
822040
Online (FF)
1GD534
872040
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101052

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