AusHSI Graduate Certificate in Health Science
(Health Services Innovation)

A new major for the QUT Graduate Certificate in Health Science has been developed by the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) in partnership with Health Services. The Health Services Innovation major is designed to increase the capacity of health professionals to implement innovative change in health services.

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

The Certificate has proved useful to 2018 graduates in terms of:

  • building on project implementation and evaluation skills
  • providing a framework that is remarkably applicable to any environment or any scope
  • targeting the right people with the right information to save the health system time and resources
  • helping get evidence-based innovation off the ground

This course is currently a corporate collaboration between Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and QUT. Enrolments are invited to individual units, through the QUT Master of Health Management, however this will require a minimum number of enrolments to proceed.

We are always interested in collaborating with other Hospital and Health Service’s to offer this course.  If you are interested in discussing this further, please contact Megan Campbell, AusHSI Centre Manager: contact@aushsi.org.au

The Graduate Certificate entails four units, part-time over 2 years.

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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)

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