Post-graduate by Coursework

The College of Medicine and Dentistry has a strong interest and track record in medical education and health career preparation across the continuum, from the undergraduate years through to continuing professional development.

Our goal is to train health professionals to be equipped and willing to meet the priority health needs of the population in rural and remote Australia, with a distinct focus on underserved communities, tropical medicine, and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. All courses can be studied by external mode using innovative technologies and regular contact with lecturers.

All postgraduate coursework courses are tailored for busy professionals working in the health sector including:

  • Medical practitioners
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Allied health professionals
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Primary health care workers
  • Paramedics
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health workers
  • Health promotion professionals

Our coursework courses

Masters - Coursework

Master of Health Professional Education3 years part-timeExternal
Master of Pharmaceutical Public Health1.5 years full-timeExternal
Master of Public Health1.5 years full-timeInternal; External
Master of Rural and Remote Medicine1.5 years full-timeExternal

Research subjects

You may also choose to study single subjects. Gain skills to engage in basic research and evaluation in health settings, that can also help you to move to undertake higher level qualifications. These subjects are available to health professionals or postgraduate students in health science programs.

Subjects are:

  • Primary Health Care Research
  • Qualitative Research for Health Professionals
  • Independent Project in Primary Health Care Research
  • Planning and Evaluation for Primary Health Care
  • Research Project 1 and 2

More information

For more information contact Dr Robyn Preston, Subject Coordinator:

Hear from some of our students.

“The Master of Health Professional Education is relevant and provides hands-on experience, greatly assisting my transition from nursing clinician to academic. With encouragement from the course coordinator, I have submitted two paper to peer reviewed journals and this has been a remarkable experience. I would encourage anyone seeking to develop a deeper understanding of teaching and learning, and applying new knowledge in real working situations, to enrol in this course.”

Colleen Ryan, studying a Master of Health in Professional Education

“The topics covered in JCU’s Master of Health Professional Education have allowed me to improve my teaching, supervision and management of Allied Health students and Allied Health clinicians. All the subjects have been practical and related to my current work, giving me more skills and the confidence to pursue future research.”

Beverley Harwood, Studying a Master of Health Professional Education

“I have learned about adult, interactive education and effective strategies for teaching on the ward when time is short. My confidence in the education of medical students, interns, junior doctors, GP Registrars and indeed my peers has improved. The lectures and assessment are authentic, promoting good work-based learning. The support from JCU staff is excellent.”

Merrilee Frankish, Studying a Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

More information

For information and queries directly related to postgraduate coursework opportunities: