Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Health Services Innovation)
Exclusive Metro North Cohort commencing semester 1, 2019

Metro North Hospital and Health Services (MNHHS) and the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at QUT have developed a new major for the Graduate Certificate in Health Science. The aim of the Health Services Innovation major is to increase the capacity of health professionals to implement innovative change in health services.

A cohort of up to 38 MNHHS students will commence the Graduate Certificate in 2019.

Graduates will have comprehensive knowledge of methods to implement change in health services, the funding and governance context of health service delivery, and evaluation methods for measuring change, including cost-effectiveness analysis.

The MNHHS cohort will be guided through four units, part-time over 2 years (see table 1).

Table 1: Summary of units for MNHHS students commencing in 2019

Students must have:

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline; or

A completed recognised diploma qualification (or higher award) with at least three years full-time equivalent (FTE) professional work experience which includes at least one year in a supervisory or leadership role (e.g. with responsibility for decision making, team work, quality assurance, and/or policy development); or

Current registration within the applicant’s field of practice with a nationally recognised professional body with at least three years full-time equivalent (FTE) professional work experience

Unit One

Implementation Science –
Theory and Application in Health

This new unit builds on AusHSI’s existing Knowledge Translation short course and prepares students for implementing and embedding evidence-based practice in healthcare. The Knowledge Translation short course is not repeated through this unit as new and different content will be delivered for the Graduate Certificate.

The unit will be delivered in semester one, year one via two learning blocks. The first learning block is 3-days and the second is 2-days.

Assessment is completed in students’ own time between learning block one and two, and also following learning block two.

The unit outline can be accessed here.
(2018 version – subject to minor change)

Unit Two

Health Care Delivery and Reform

This is an existing unit at QUT in which students learn the structure, governance and financing of health systems, focusing on the Australia health system.

This unit will be delivered to MNHHS students in semester two, year one via two learning blocks. Each learning block is two days.

Assessment is completed in students’ own time following learning block two.

The unit outline can be accessed here.
(2018 version – subject to minor change)

Unit Three

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for Healthcare

This new unit builds on AusHSI’s existing Cost-Effectiveness short course and teaches students how to critically use cost-effectiveness analysis in healthcare decision-making. The Cost-Effectiveness short course is not repeated through this unit as new and different content will be delivered for the Graduate Certificate.

The unit will be delivered in semester one, year two via a five-day learning block.

Students will work on and complete 50% of their assessment in groups during days four and five of the learning block with the support of AusHSI tutors. Students will complete the remaining assessment in their own time during the semester.

The unit outline can be accessed here.
(2018 version – subject to minor change)

Unit Four

Independent Study

This is an existing unit at QUT, offered to MNHHS staff as the capstone unit in semester two, year two. The activity during this unit is very flexible. Possible activities include:

  • Piloting a new innovation at MNHHS;
  • Trialing a small component of a larger change to the health service; or
  • Evaluating a change that has already happened.

MNHHS students will have a clinical and a QUT supervisor for this unit and the project assessment will usually need to be completed within a 13 week time-frame.

AusHSI staff and a dedicated MNHHS staff person will support MNHHS students to commence planning for this unit in the first year of enrolment in the Graduate Certificate.

Assessment is a project report and is due in the final week of the semester. The project is completed in students’ own time.

The unit outline can be accessed here.
(2018 version – subject to minor change)

How to enrol at QUT

  1. Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) will select candidates to commence the Graduate Certificate at QUT in 2019 by 1st October 2018.
  2. The MNHHS cohort will be emailed an application form for Postgraduate Coursework Admission at QUT.
  3. MNHHS candidates will need to complete their application form, collate evidence of qualifications and/or professional work experience, and forward all documentation to your MNHHS contact (MNHHS-Research@health.qld.gov.au) by 16 November, 2018.
  4. Candidates’ applications for admission to the Graduate Certificate will be assessed by the QUT Registrar. QUT will accept the offers of admission from the Registrar on candidates’ behalf. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by 21 December, 2018. Candidates now become students.
  5. Enrolment in the four units will also be done on behalf of all MNHHS students.
  6. Information about when and where the units are delivered will be emailed to students each semester, along with other relevant QUT student information.
  7. Students will attend an orientation evening on 14 January, 2019, 5pm.

For all enquiries, please contact Greg Merlo on (07) 3138 6427.

CRICOS No. 00213J (QUT)