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Graduate Certificate in Health Research - 133JA

Course Code: 133JA
Course Version: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Faculty of Health
UAC Code: 880755
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

If you’re an experienced health professional or health policy advisor considering further study into health research; or unable to commit to full-time study - then the Graduate Certificate in Health Research offers the freedom and flexibility to explore multiple areas in Health Research on a full time or part-time basis.

This course covers epidemiology, research planning, how to perform statistical analyses and to understand the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the research process.

As part of this course, you’ll also learn industry methodologies as well as using ethical and economic considerations for research and acquire crucial technical writing skills. 

This course also offers a direct pathway for those looking at gaining a Ph.D. in Health.

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

• build on your relevant undergraduate degree with enhanced research skills
• develop knowledge of how to progress an idea to the stage of 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

WIL is a significant component of the UC learning experience; however, this course differs as it offers working students the unique opportunity to use health-related issues from their current work environment, as potential study and research subjects from which to gain valuable knowledge and insights.

Career opportunities

A Graduate Certificate in Health Research can lead to a range of career and research opportunities in health or health-related fields such as:

  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Clinical Researcher

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

Course-specific information

This is an approved and accredited course and as such students must have a degree in a health-related field, or the equivalent as approved by the University.


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

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
2020 UC - Canberra, Online Winter Term
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
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.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

The 2020 online offering of this course is limited to Commonwealth Supported Students (CSP) therefore the usual fee does not apply. See the Department of Education, Skills and Training's Frequently Asked Questions (Short online courses section) for more information:

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

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International






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. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. 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 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

UC-Canberra, Bruce location: Standard duration one semester full-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters. UC-Canberra, Online location: One semester full-time or equivalent. Students must complete study by December 2020.

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)
2020 NO 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

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