Graduate Certificate in Health Science2020-01-15T09:46:45+10:00

Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Health Services Innovation)

The Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Health Services Innovation) is the first university qualification aimed at enabling senior clinicians and health service administrators to develop, assess and implement innovations within the healthcare setting.

Metro North Hospital and Health Services (MNHHS) in partnership with 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 staff to implement innovative change in health services.

The academic program has been designed to address a perceived skills shortage in health economics and policy analysis as well as in implementation science, an emerging field that examines how to best implement research findings into practice.

This four unit program is delivered part time, over 2 years at QUT Kelvin Grove.

These will be taught through six 2-5 day block courses, with assessments between blocks.

  • Innovation, Improvement and Implementation in Health: learn an evidence-based approach for introducing improvements in healthcare so they become usual practice and are sustainable.
  • Health Systems: explore systems of health care both in Australia and internationally and the factors that influence the design and functioning of those systems.
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for Healthcare: understand how to assess the combined value of clinical outcomes and economic costs. Become a better steward and increase healthcare value.
  • Independent Study: a workplace-based project, supported by a clinical facilitator and AusHSI staff.
  • AusHSI will provide a dedicated team of health economists, statisticians and implementation scientists to support the application of students’ academic learning to the planning, implementation and evaluation of workplace-based projects.
  • MNHHS has created a new position dedicated to coordinating the workplace-based projects and identify additional support required from MNHHS to realize innovative change.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Health Services Innovation) is structured so that students can continue studies and obtain a Master in Health Management at the completion of their Graduate Certificate, if they choose.

MNHHS has committed to funding the development of the Graduate Certificate and heavily subsidised fees for the 2018 , 2019 and 2020 cohorts.

Additional information can be found at The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation website.

For inspiration and to gain a greater understanding of how the course can impact your skills, knowledge and work practice, please read some of our testimonials.

2021 program

Applications open August 2020

For additional information, please refer to previous guidance material:

Watch the course information roadshow

Watch the recording of the session with QUT and Metro North Office of Research outlining information about the program for staff in the program that commences February 2020.

Got questions?

Reach out to Metro North’s Learning Coordinator Graduate Certificate (Health Services Innovation) Louise D’Allura.

Phone: (07) 3647 9761

Want to know more?

Our course experience video series provides an insight into QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Health Services Innovation) and the impact you can make in Metro North – as a participant in the program or as a manager of a cohort participant.

Building research capacity: Investing in our People

A video for managers of potential cohort participants.

Make an Impact: Change the (Health) World

Considering the program?  This video shares feedback from Metro North staff in cohort 1, cohort 2 and Executive Directors on how the program can positively impact your skills, knowledge and work practice.

Knowledge Impact: Case Study – Champika, Pharmacy

Knowledge Impact: Case Study – Amber, Occupational Therapy

2019 program

Thirty Metro North staff in the 2019 intake have been inspired by the first cohort translating research and knowledge into practice for improved health outcomes.

Read more about the 2019 intake

QUT AusHSI Information Flyer 2019

2018 program

Thirty Metro North staff in the 2018 intake are learning the skills to translate research and knowledge into clinical practice through a new tertiary qualification.

Read more about the 2018 intake