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Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 1


Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Health Industries is a one-year, part-time course that offers you the opportunity to upskill, reskill and retrain in health sciences.

Available 100% online or on campus, the course equips you with core knowledge in health. It is also a direct pathway into higher education courses in health science, should you wish to continue studying.

You will learn about Australia's healthcare system and acquire knowledge in diverse health science disciplines. The course is designed to support your learning needs and develop your study skills.

On completing the Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Health Industries, you will be eligible to use the credits you have gained towards further study of a:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Service Management
  • Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • Bachelor of Public Health.

You may also use this Undergraduate Certificate as a pathway for entry into a variety of other higher education courses.

Advanced standing may be granted for some of or all the subjects you successfully complete. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.

Note: On current advice the Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2025.


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.

All commonwealth-supported students who apply and commence this undergraduate certificate in 2022 will receive a 20% discount on their student contribution. The total cost of this course ranges from $3868.00 - $5189.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and is dependent on your unit selection. The undiscounted price for this course ranges from $4834.00 - $6486.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and again is dependent on your unit selection.

Information about unit fees can be found at Domestic Fees.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consist of two (2) core and two (2) specialist elective units. This course consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you develop core knowledge in health and the necessary skills for successful university studies.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
(2 units)
20cp Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

SWK102 Communication Skills
HSC121 Australia’s Healthcare System and Policies

Specialist Elective
(2 units)



Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from one of the following specialisations below:

Speech and Language Therapy
HSC132 Introduction Health Promotion
HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140 from 2022)
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1

Health Services Management
MKT103 Fundamentals of Marketing
HIT140 Foundations of Data Science
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
LAW105 Introduction to Business Law
MAN105 Introduction to Management

SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI111 Perspectives in Paramedicine Practice

Public Health
HSC122 Foundations of Public Health
HSC132 Introduction Health Promotion
HSC112 Basics of Epidemiology
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1

  40cp Total Credit Points


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 part time load.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HSC121 Australia’s Healthcare System and Policies CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 2 SE


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

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.

I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.


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Course details


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

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Undergraduate Certificate (Health Industries)
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery

Contact details

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

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


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


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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