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Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Location
Cairns
Available to International students by distance education only
Commencing
February, July
Duration
12 months part-time
Attendance mode
Mixed
Entry Requirements
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or equivalent
CRICOS code
Not applicable
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JCU Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance graduates are specialised professionals who find employment in a variety of local and global health settings.

Graduates pursue careers in healthcare in urban, rural, and remote environments, as well as overseas in developing countries.

Specialise in a field you are passionate about with JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance. This course is designed for health professionals and graduates who want to develop skills and knowledge in this area.

Be equipped to provide a coordinated and informed public health response in humanitarian emergencies and disaster settings both nationally and internationally. Build upon your current healthcare knowledge and learn from award-winning lecturers and experts with real world experience.

Learn and apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge across a range of real-world disaster and displacement scenarios. Take advantage of JCU’s world-class tropical research facilities.

JCU Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance graduates are highly-trained specialists who contribute valuably to the field of disaster health and humanitarian assistance.

This course is delivered externally and is available part-time only.

View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

What you need to know before you apply

You will need to supply the following with your application

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
  • Detailed curriculum vitae with your work and academic history
  • Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this degree (100-250 words)
  • 2x academic or work related referees to provide a reference for you. Referees need to complete the Referee Report form and send by email (preferred), fax or post (see below for contact details).

Certified copies and original documents

Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:

James Cook International,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA.

If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Handbook year

2020

Course code

76811

Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Division

Division of Tropical Heath and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, form this or another university; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or

Submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health related activities.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.  In assessing applications the following will be considered: prior academic performance and prior relevant work experience.

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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of refugee health, with depth in the political, demographic, epidemiological, organisational and cultural factors in the provision of health care in the emergency phase of humanitarian response to refugee crises

  • Integrate and apply a specialised body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the planning and response to disasters across diverse contexts with depth in risk assessment, priorities of care, recovery, resilience, political, ethical, cultural, legal, epidemiological impact, psychological, organisational roles and responsibilities

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to accurately assess the needs and resources required for humanitarian aid provision in emergency refugee situations

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise appropriate strategies to risk assessment, prioritise response, work with a range of organisations, and deliver care in a disaster context

  • Exercise high-level judgment in the design of public health strategies to reduce excess morbidity and mortality in both emergency refugee situations and disasters

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non‐specialist audiences

  • Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for their own future personal and professional development and contribute to the professional development of others, by engaging in critical reflective practice in relation to knowledge, skills and attitudes and their application to disaster and refugee health.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance at the Townsville campus

Candidature

Expected time to complete

12 months part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Nil

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF DISASTER HEALTH AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

Approved abbreviation

GCertDisasHlthHumAssist

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

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

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