Graduate Diploma in Health Science

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Health Science at UNE?

This course provides graduate healthcare practitioners with the advanced knowledge and skill required to critically review, analyse, evaluate and apply the theory and practice of Western herbal medicine. Students will develop expertise through the synthesis of theoretical foundations, traditions, evidence, and contemporary treatment protocols. This is applied to the clinical practice context and to a wide range of conditions commonly encountered by general healthcare practice professionals. This course allows students to continue their learning through an articulated pathway with the Master of Health Science.

The Graduate Diploma in Health Science enables graduates to apply for membership of the Australian Natural Therapists Association and the National Herbalists Association of Australia.

Career Opportunities

Complementary medicine healthcare practice, integrative healthcare practice, government and regulatory authority employment, industry employment, product development, product manufacture, educational institution employment, pharmacy employment, health-food store employment.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 6 years Part-time
1 or 1.5 Years Full-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2015 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation GradDipHlthSc
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
  • 1 or 1.5 Years Full-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

1. (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in the same or related healthcare discipline from a recognised educational provider accredited by peak national or international bodies. This may include, but is not limited to: Western Herbal Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Complementary Medicine or Integrative Medicine; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a different healthcare discipline from a recognised educational provider accredited by peak national or international bodies. This may include, but is not limited to: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Osteopathic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, General Medical Practice or Pharmacy; and

2. be a member of an appropriate professional association relevant to their healthcare discipline.

International students must meet the University of New England English Language requirements.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

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Peony Red (BCC 37)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
1. (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in the same or related healthcare discipline from a recognised educational provider accredited by peak national or international bodies. This may include, but is not limited to: Western Herbal Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Complementary Medicine or Integrative Medicine; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a different healthcare discipline from a recognised educational provider accredited by peak national or international bodies. This may include, but is not limited to: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Osteopathic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, General Medical Practice or Pharmacy; and
2. be a member of an appropriate professional association relevant to their healthcare discipline.

International students must meet the University's English Language requirements.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their Admission to Candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience.
Candidates admitted under Rule (b) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points, including a minimum of 30 credit points at 400 level and a maximum of 18 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 48 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 72 cps
Total 72 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Herbal Medicine).

Progress and Conduct

Candidates are referred to the University's General Rules Policy on Academic Progress.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Student Appeals.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

The development of knowledge and skill in Western herbal medicine theory and practice is the aim of this flexible online education program. Students will gain an integrated understanding of the Western herbal medicine profession and the properties, application, desired effects and safety issues of clinical therapeutics.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Western herbal medicine knowledge for professional practice;
  2. understand the relationship and roles of Western herbal medicine within the context of contemporary health care;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks for Western herbal medicine practice;
  4. use critical analysis, evaluation and reflection skills to appraise traditional and evidence-based Western herbal medicine practice;
  5. apply information-processing skills and academic integrity through sourcing, critically evaluating, and integrating knowledge from a range of sources; and
  6. understand and apply professional integrity, environmental responsibility, cultural awareness, and respect of diversity within the practise of Western herbal medicine.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Health care practitioners providing herbal therapeutics require knowledge of the Western herbal medicine discipline to practise effectively and responsibly. This course develops in-depth knowledge of Western herbal medicine in professional health care practise through theoretical and case-based learning evaluated by a variety of assessment methods.

Communication Skills

Western herbal medicine practitioners require well-developed communication skills to provide safe and effective health care in their professional practice. Throughout this course students will be required to review and apply communication skills with their peers and academic staff through engagement with the course learning activities and assessments.

Global Perspectives

The course delivers units of learning that consider a variety of global perspectives related to the professional practice of Western herbal medicine. Students will be assessed on their application of this learning to their local situation within the context of an international herbal medicine community engaged with diverse cultural practises.

Information Literacy

Students are assessed on their information processing skills and use of information technologies within their assessments where they are required to access, evaluate, and integrate information from a variety of text, journal, database and internet sources.

Life-Long Learning

Students will be encouraged to develop life-long learning skills that contribute to the health and wellbeing of their clients, the ongoing improvement of Western herbal medicine theory and professional practice, and their own ongoing personal, professional and academic development.

Problem Solving

Western herbal medicine practice requires the application of complex problem-solving skills involving logical, critical, creative and reflexive thinking. This course requires students to explore and resolve problems through theoretical and case-based learning opportunities that assess problem-solving skills through a variety of tasks.

Social Responsibility

Students are encouraged to demonstrate their academic integrity, ethical practice, environmental responsibility, cultural awareness and respect of diversity by acting in an interpersonal, professional and socially ethical manner in all interactions related to the course and to their professional life as a healthcare practitioner.

Team Work

The Western herbal medicine discipline is practised within a variety of team environments involving interaction with a range of other health professionals and services. Students are required to consider interdisciplinary collaboration and integrative healthcare as an everyday part of professional herbal medicine practice. This teamwork approach is practised and observed through the online environment where students are required to look beyond their own disciplinary background across all aspects of the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here

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