- Online: February, July
^estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load
Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible
2 years part-time
AHPRA registration as a health professional; or AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline plus 2 years relevant experience; or equivalent
Become a leader in improving clinical teaching and education research in all health professions including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health. Focus on teaching and learning in health contexts with specific strategies for clinical settings.
Develop knowledge and skills in teaching and learning in clinical contexts, educational technologies, assessment, curriculum design, and research based on evidence and relevant to your career in health. Take advantage of flexible, online delivery with consistent support from JCU’s outstanding teachers.
Help shape the future of health care. JCU Health Professional Education graduates have specialist education skills applicable to all clinical settings.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Graduates from JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education (HPE) are equipped with specialist educator skills that are applicable to a wide range of clinical and healthcare settings.
HPE is applicable to a range of healthcare settings. Graduates pursue careers in private and public hospitals, tertiary, rural and remote health services, and in community settings and clinics.
Graduates find work as educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry and all allied health professions. You could find employment as a clinical educator, supervisor or preceptor for health students.
On completion of the Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education you may choose to go on to study the Master of Health Professional Education.
Graduates find work as educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry and allied health.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
|Medicine and Dentistry|
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
24 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
The Graduate Diploma of 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 for students and trainees in all health professions. The course introduces basic and advanced concepts essential for learning, teaching and supervising in clinical settings. Graduates will be equipped with skills to become lead educators for their health profession.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Postgraduate Medicine.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions
HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching
HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions
HS5410:03 Health Professional Education using Action Research
HS6405:03 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education
HS7405:03 Research Methodologies for Health Professionals or HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals
HS7410:03: Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education
HS7411:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
12 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
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
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Health Professional Education. Students may be granted credit for subjects completed under this course.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD27,200.00
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education
I have learned about adult, interactive education and effective strategies for teaching on the ward when time is short. The lectures and assessment are authentic, promoting good work-based learning. The support from JCU staff is excellent.
Dr Angie Nilsson
Master of Health Professional Education
Health Professional Education helps you not just to move into education, but makes you a better clinician. I can educate my patients better and talk to students and colleagues more effectively. The course has given me a passion for research I never thought I’d find.
Associate Professor Louise Young
Course Coordinator, Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education
The suite of Health Professional Education (HPE) subjects are presented at different levels, for a variety of clinical teaching contexts and for all health professionals. Online learning makes this a highly accessible and flexible way to gain postgraduate qualifications.