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Graduate Diploma in Health Research

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
External Studies
1GD016
1GD516
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

GDHR

Award
Graduate Diploma in Health Research
Faculty/College
Menzies School of Health Research
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

You will strengthen your knowledge in health research design specifically in Indigenous, local and global health contexts.

This course builds up skills in interpreting health information, including epidemiology, statistical analysis and qualitative research methods preparing you for public health roles in your community.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in non-government organisations (NGO) and government sectors in areas of health research, professional health practice, health planning and policy, epidemiology/biostatistics, communicable and non-communicable disease control nationally and internationally.

Credit transfers & 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

Course fees

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. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

International full fees

See the Office of International Services for details on International Course Fees: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.
 

  • 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.

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

Course structure

Students are required to complete 5 core and 3 specialist elective units selected from ANY of the three streams: public health practice, Indigenous health and global health.

For those students planning to articulate to a Master of Public Health (MCPHTH) and complete with a research project, see the Recommended Study Plan. It is essential that this plan is followed in order to fulfil the core requirements of the MCPHTH.

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 otherwise indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Compulsory core
(5 units)
50 Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below:

PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title from 2018)
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title from 2018)
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
Specialist Electives
(3 units)

30

Complete units totalling 30 credit points from the following:

Public Health Practice
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health (new title from 2016)

Indigenous Health
PHM516 Indigenous Health (new title from 2018)
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)

Global Health
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child Health
 

  80 Total Credit Points

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.

COURSE CHANGES - 2018

Unit title change:

Unit Code Previous Unit Title Unit Title 2018
PHM516 Indigenous Health and Social Change Indigenous Health
PHM552 Introduction to Epidemiology Epidemiology
PHM553 Introduction to Biostatistics Biostatistics

 

COURSE CHANGES - 2016

Unit title change:

Unit Code Previous Unit Title Unit Title 2016
PHM567 Foundations of Public Health Public Health

Other changes include:
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health - not offered in 2016, 2017 or 2018

COURSE CHANGES - 2013
The following two units have been added to the course as additional Specialist Electives

PHM528 Community Development and Public Health
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
 

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. Part time students should refer to the Study Plan for part time students. 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.

 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 FULL TIME

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE

  PART TIME

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
Year 2
Specialist Elective 1 SE PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE

 

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability:

Semester 1
Semester 2

PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health

PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM593 Tropical Child Health

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 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
PHM516 Indigenous Health SE PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
PHM567 Public Health SE PHM559 Health Policy SE

  PART TIME

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM553 Biostatistics CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
Year 2
PHM516 Indigenous Health SE PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
PHM567 Public Health SE PHM559 Health Policy SE

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. Part time students should refer to the Study Plan for part time students.  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.

 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 FULL TIME

Semester 1 Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
    PHM553 Biostatistics CO
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
    PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
Calendar Year 2
PHM526 Research Design CO    
PHM552 Epidemiology CO    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

PART TIME

Semester 1 Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
    PHM553 Biostatistics CO
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
Calendar Year 2
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO Specialist Elective 1 SE
Calendar Year 3
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE unit availability:

Semester 1
Semester 2

PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2017 or 2018)
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM567 Public Health
PHM592 Global Health

PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM529 Sexual and Reproductive Health
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM570 Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
PHM593 Tropical Child Health

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 1 Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
    PHM553 Biostatistics CO
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
    PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
    PHM559 Health Policy SE
Calendar Year 2
PHM526 Research Design CO    
PHM552 Epidemiology CO    
PHM516 Indigenous Health SE    
PHM567 Public Health SE    

PART TIME

Semester 1 Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
    PHM553 Biostatistics CO
    PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods CO
Calendar Year 2
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM527 Health Research Skills CO
PHM552 Epidemiology CO PHM559 Health Policy SE
Calendar Year 3
PHM516 Indigenous Health SE    
PHM567 Public Health SE    


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