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Graduate Diploma of Health and Medical Sciences
Biomedical and health science for the non-scientific professional
Achieve an understanding of human health together with an applied intro to medical sciences. Enhance your scientific communication skills and get to know clinical research. Enhance your career prospects or grasp the opportunity for a pathway to medicine.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 07 Jul 24
The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
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What you'll learn
On completion of this program students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Apply knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, health, health care and advancing medical knowledge in professional contexts.
- Integrate knowledge of health and medical sciences in other fields of endeavour, for professional development and lifelong learning.
- Critically analyse and apply ethical principles related to health care and medical sciences.
- Apply research and problem-solving skills to analyse and critically appraise health and scientific information.
- Communicate health and medical science information effectively.
- Apply an understanding of the organization and regulatory framework of the Australian healthcare system in professional contexts.
- Critically analyse the impact of biological, social and environmental determinants of health on the well-being of individuals and populations.
This program supports university graduates from both science and non-science fields looking to work in roles requiring health and medical sciences knowledge and skills. Also provides an opportunity for a pathway to Medicine.
Completion of the program does not guarantee admission to Doctor of Medicine as applicants must satisfy the requirements of both Notre Dame and GEMSAS (Graduate Entry Medical Schools Admission System)
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Health and Medical Science applicants must hold a recognised Bachelor degree.
English Proficiency Requirements
English as primary language
All primary and secondary education was taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, Ireland, Canada (except Quebec), and New Zealand, or;
You have Completed 2+ years or full time equivalent tertiary study in English only at an institution in Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, Ireland, Canada (except Quebec), and New Zealand, or;
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment, or an equivalent English language proficiency assessment, with an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 7.0.
All English language tests are valid for two years from the date of completion
The program will be delivered using a combination of self-directed and on-line learning. Learning activities are delivered via 3-hour long evening classes starting at 5:30pm or 6pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Mondays through Thursdays and two whole day Saturday intensives.
Credit for previous study or work
Applications for Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered and reviewed on a case by case basis by UNDA's Student Administration.
The Graduate Diploma of Health and Medical Sciences is a postgraduate degree that aims to develop the biomedical and health sciences knowledge and skills of students from a range of non-science backgrounds. The program content is presented in a format relevant to students wishing to pursue careers in which a broad understanding of biomedical sciences is an advantage.
The program offers courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology with a clinically-relevant approach. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of medical science including the organisation and functioning of the human body. This also includes basic molecular and cellular principles of human biology and genetics, as well as other disciplines relevant to the understanding of pathology and disease processes. Students will become familiar with the process of obtaining ethics approval for research projects involving humans and develop a knowledge of clinical research methods. Courses will also enhance scientific communication skills, the understanding of the environmental determinants of human health, and the organisation the Australian health care system. Students will consolidate their appreciation of ethical issues relevant to health care and clinical research.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Eight compulsory subjects:
- MEDI5001 Scientific Literacy and Communication
- MEDI5002 Environment, Society and Health
- PHIL6020 Ethical Issues in Professional Life
- MEDI5004 The Australian Health Care System
- MEDI5005 The Human Body (1)
- MEDI5006 Cellular and Molecular Biology
- MEDI5007 The Human Body (2)
- MEDI5008 Research Methods in Health
To be eligible for the award Graduate Diploma of Health and Medical Sciences, students must complete eight (8) compulsory subjects, of 25 Units of credit each.
(1) If a student has completed sufficient courses to meet the requirements of a Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences or a Graduate Certificate in Medical Sciences, they may transfer to that award and immediately apply for graduation with that award. (2) If a student has not completed sufficient courses to meet the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences or a Graduate Certificate in Medical Sciences, they may transfer to the appropriate Award and complete further studies as part of that program
MEDI5003 Bioethics in Professional Life course has been discontinued . Please note, students who have previously completed MEDI5003 should not enrol into PHIL6020 Ethical Issues in Professional Life , as this subject has been added as a replacement.
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