Course and Subject Handbook 2014 Course Information Postgraduate Courses Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care Research

Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care Research

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an appropriate undergraduate health degree, from this or another University; or

Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, and at least two years of suitable experience; or

In exceptional cases, evidence of appropriate professional experience including a minimum of five years working in the primary health field.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Research provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to undertake research and evaluation in primary health care settings. Graduates at this level will possess advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the area of primary health care research, with a particular focus on rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. They will have an understanding of ethical implications of research, and strategies to use for consultation and engagement to optimise the benefit of research as a response to health inequities for participants and communities.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care will be able to:

  • Analyse and integrate specialised knowledge of the principles of primary health care and primary health care research with a particular focus on rural, remote and Indigenous health research

  • Develop knowledge and skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research approaches

  • Develop and conduct a systematic strategy for finding and critically appraising relevant literature for the purpose of a comprehensive literature review

  • Construct and implement a project management plan that is timely, ethical, culturally safe and in partnership with rural, remote, Indigenous or other under-served populations

  • Construct and implement authentic dissemination strategies for PHC research using high-level literacy and oral communication skills

  • Critically evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses as Primary Health Care researchers to enable structured further learning in areas of weakness.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

HS5101:03 Contemporary Issues in Primary Health Care Research


Select 9 credit points of specified HS, MD and TM subjects

HS5001:03 Population Health for Clinicians 1

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals or TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

HS5103:03 Independent Project in Primary Health Care Research (Minor Project) or HS5104:03 Independent Project in Primary Health Care Research (Major Project) Part 1 of 2 and HS5105:03 Independent Project in Primary Health Care Research (Major Project) Part 2 of 2

HS5106:03 Planning and Evaluation for Primary Health Care

MD8001:03 Foundations of Rural or Remote Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health









Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

3 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable