Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an undergraduate course at this or another university with minimum of 2 years work experience. In exceptional circumstances, students may be admitted on conditional terms, at the discretion of the Course Committee.

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 entry requirements

In some instances students may be called for interview, prior to admission.

Post  admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Closing date

30 June

31 December (mid-year entry the following year)

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education enables health professionals working in regional and remote tropical Australia to complete a postgraduate qualification to enhance their teaching and learning skills with undergraduate health students whom they teach and supervise.

They will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes as a lead educator to deliver best practice teaching and learning opportunities for students in the health professions. They will possess expertise in leading teaching and learning opportunities for students training in a range of professions across the health sector and will be committed to responsible, ethical and professional conduct in lead roles as educators. Graduates will work to foster their practice through professional development and the application of evidence based practice.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge relating to the principles, methods and techniques of curriculum design and implementation that includes an understanding of recent developments in health professional education

  • Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise models and theories of teaching and learning, assessment, evaluation and curriculum design for learning and benchmarking in health professional education at an advanced level

  • Apply leadership skills and problem-solving strategies for working with clinical teachers in health profession education

  • Interpret principles, theories and methods of medical/health professional education for a variety of audiences through high- level written and spoken English

  • Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development as a “lead” educator.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching

HS6405:03 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education

HS6407:03 Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education

HS6408:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education


Select 6 credit points of subjects from one the following groups of specified HS and NS level 5 subjects

Group 1

HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions

HS5410:03 Health Professional Education through Action Research

Group 2

(Note: This group is only available for health practitioners currently registered as nurses)

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Implementation of Clinical Teaching Strategies


Select three credit points of elective subjects approved by the Course Coordinator







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


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

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

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

12 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 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 this course.

Award Details

This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education.

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the equivalent graduate courses, available at the time, within JCU guidelines and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.