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Graduate Certificate in Health Research - 133JA

Course Code: 133JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Faculty of Health
UAC Code: 880754
CRICOS Code: 069528J
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Explore the Science Behind Health Research

The University of Canberra Graduate Certificate in Health Research is for health care and health policy professionals looking to advance their understanding of research methodologies, analysis and outcomes.

This course offers the freedom and flexibility to explore a variety of areas in Health Research on a full time (one semester) or part-time (two-semesters) basis.

Explore topics such as epidemiology, planning research, how to perform statistical analyses and to understand the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the research. Examine the ways that research contributes to advancements in the healthcare field.

As part of this course, you’ll learn industry methodologies as well as using ethical and economic considerations for research and advanced writing skills to apply with confidence to your existing role in health.



Study a Graduate Certificate in Health Research at UC and you will:

  •   build on your relevant undergraduate degree with enhanced research skills
  •   learn to progress an idea through stages of development to create a research project
  •   be competent in developing an answerable research question, planning and developing a research proposal and performing appropriate statistical analyses
  •   have the necessary skills and qualifications to participate in clinical research.



Work Integrated Learning

Explore issues from your current work environment as topics in your research and learning. Engage with industry experts and peers throughout your coursework for strong professional networking opportunities. 


Career opportunities

A Graduate Certificate in Health Research can lead to a range of career and research opportunities in healthcare, government sectors and non-government organisations (NGOs) such as:
  • research Assistant
  • research Associate
  • clinical Researcher
  • health Policy 

Completion of this course also offers a pathway into a Ph.D. in Health, through further study.


Course-specific information

Students must have a degree in a health-related field, the equivalent as approved by the University or 5 years experience in the health sector. If you’re unsure if your previous qualifications or experience are suitable, please get in touch for further advice. 


Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor degree in a health discipline* or a minimum of five years work experience in the health sector

* Health disciplines include public health, health studies, exercise physiology, exercise science, exercise and sports science, medical science, biomedical science, health science, human movement, physiotherapy, physical therapy, applied science, human biology, medicine, rehabilitation science, human nutrition, occupational therapy, speech pathology, optometry, nursing, midwifery.

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Health Research GradCert HealthRsch

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International

CSP/Domestic Tuition Fee (see below)


The indicative CSP Student Contribution Amount for this course is $7,950
The domestic tuition fee rate for this course is $22,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols.

Domestic students have access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course. New applications will automatically be considered for a CSP. CSPs are university places subsidised by the Australian Government. CSP students are still required to pay a discipline-based Student Contribution Amount (SCA). The indicative SCA amount above only applies to commencing students.

Government financial assistance is also available to eligible domestic students regardless of the type of place they hold. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health Research students will be competent in developing an answerable research question, planning and developing a research proposal and performing appropriate statistical analyses. 1 - Communication
2 - Analysis and Inquiry
3 - Problem Solving
4 - Working independently and with others

Course Duration

Standard duration one semester full-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Health Research is subsumable into the Graduate Diploma in Health Research.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2021 YES NO


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Online-Online
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Online - Short Courses-Online

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