Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Course and Subject Handbook 2016 Courses Postgraduate Courses Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Registration as a nurse, doctor of medicine or other health professional in Australia; or

Completion of an appropriate AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a relevant discipline, with 2 years relevant experience or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II 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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

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

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


HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching

HS6405:03 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education

HS7410:03: Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education

HS7411:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education


Select 6 credit points of subjects from one the following groups of specified HS5 and NS5 subjects

Group 1

HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions

HS5410:03 Health Professional Education using 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 Clinical Teaching in Nursing and Midwifery


Select three credit points of any postgraduate subjects approved by the Course Coordinator





External only


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


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and 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 student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbrevaition


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Students 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 of Health Professional Education

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Health Professional Education. Students may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.