Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

This program is designed for health professionals to gain in-depth knowledge and skills for careers in health professional education. The Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education provides you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve clinical teaching in all health professions including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health.

Campus
External
Available to international students by distance education/external study only
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Course highlights

James Cook University is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

  • New teaching facilities including a medical research laboratory
  • Research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations
  • Clinical schools in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and the Northern Territory.

Course overview

This course is designed to provide health professionals with an understanding of specific strategies related to teaching in clinical settings. Clinical teachers are being recruited from a wide variety of clinical settings including urban and rural hospitals, general practices, and community clinics.

Clinical teachers are also involved in the teaching of post-registration health professionals who are working towards their professional qualifications, such as GP registrars and hospital residents.

While these teachers have registered qualifications within their disciplines, the majority do not have formal qualifications in teaching. This course is designed to develop educator skills for busy health professionals.

What you will learn

This course is suitable for health professionals to gain in-depth knowledge and skills for careers in health professional education and research. It focuses on teaching and learning in health contexts, and completion of a project in health professional education.

The principal aim of these courses is to provide a sound theoretical foundation and practical teaching skills for those involved in teaching students in the health professions.

They focus on:

  • Theoretical perspectives of health professional education
  • Practical skills for health professional education
  • Development of a conceptual framework for teaching, learning, and research in the health professions
  • Knowledge and skills in assessment, curriculum design, and leadership in health education
  • Evidence-based health profession education
  • Experience undertaking educational research.

How you will study

This course is delivered externally and is available part time and full time.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

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

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

HS7411:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education

OPTIONS

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

PLUS

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

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Course code

107006

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

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

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

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

HS7411:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education

OPTIONS

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

PLUS

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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

External only

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

No

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

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

Nil

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Approved abbrevaition

GDipHlthProfEd

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.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.