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Summary
Graduate Certificate of Health Specialisation Gerontology (GCHH)

Study Mode
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 4 units

Duration
  • 0.5 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • -

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Become a specialist in aged care

Are you a health professional who has a passion for working with older people in a variety of settings? At USQ we offer the Graduate Certificate of Health (Gerontology) for health professionals working in this field. Designed to help you develop knowledge and expertise in healthy ageing, the program focuses on preventive and holistic care strategies that encourage wellness of the older person. USQ offers one of the only intensive postgraduate face-to-face gerontology workshops in Australia.

Further study

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Health, you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Graduate Diploma of Health or the Master of Health.

Developed to meet the future direction of aged care within Australia, and with an ageing population, you will be well prepared for the future of the aged care industry. As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate of Health (Gerontology) you will gain specialist knowledge to enable you to undertake clinical decisions, explore management structures essential to the delivery of quality care and implement holistic practices related to the ongoing wellness of the older person across a wide spectrum of clinical settings including residential aged care and community.

Other specialisations in the Graduate Certificate of Health include: Clinical EducationClinical PracticeCommunity Health, GeneralMental Health, Rural and Remote Health, and Scheduled Medicines.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 1
3 x specialisation courses 3
Total 4
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 9360

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Completed a 3-year bachelor degree in a health-related field from an Australian or internationally recognised university, or equivalent.
  • or
  • Completed a minimum of one (1) years' professional work experience equivalent to a qualification at AQF Level 8.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018. 

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.