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 corporate students 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

The corporate Graduate Certificate entails four units, completed part-time over two years.

This course is currently a corporate collaboration between Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and QUT. We are always interested in collaborating with other Hospital and Health Services to offer this course.  If you are interested in discussing this further, please contact Megan Campbell, AusHSI Centre Manager: contact@aushsi.org.au

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Entry requirements:

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; or

For applicants working in a field of practice that does not have a nationally recognised professional body, at least seven years full-time equivalent (FTE) professional experience in a supervisory or leadership role (eg: with responsibility for decision making, team work, quality assurance, and/or policy development).

Unit One

Innovation, Improvement and Implementation 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 three learning blocks. The first learning block is 2 days, the second is 2 days and the third is one day.

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.
(2019 version – subject to minor change)

Unit Two

Health Systems

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 is delivered to corporate students in semester two, year one via two learning blocks. Each learning block is two days.

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

The unit outline can be accessed here.
(2019 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.
(2019 version – subject to minor change)

Unit Four

Independent Study

This is an existing unit at QUT, offered to corporate students 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 a health service;
  • Trialing a small component of a larger change to the health service; or
  • Evaluating a change that has already happened.

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 will support corporate 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.
(2019 version – subject to minor change)

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