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Planning and Delivery of International Health Programs
Globalization and growth of multiculturalism in countries like Australia, the USA, and the UK has increased the importance of striving for an international health standard and focus for education in general. As people move around the world, societies are being challenged constantly with new public health issues arising from spread of disease across borders and the unique biological considerations required for diverse genetic groups.
A graduate certificate in international health enables health professionals to increase their awareness of biological diversity and its impact on health in their own countries in addition to providing individuals with the opportunity to work on international health programs either at home or abroad within a different culture. The primary focus is on the planning and delivery of public health programs in a global community. This course may be useful to health professionals interested in career advancement
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Eligibility for Enrollment
An accredited course is run by Curtin University of Technology, the largest University in Western Australia, and delivered entirely online through Open Universities Australia. It is open to anyone with an undergraduate degree in medicine or nursing or with other relevant health qualifications. In some cases, students may be admitted without a degree if they can demonstrate extensive work experience in the health industry.
Australian citizens are eligible to register for Fee Help, enabling course fees to be repaid gradually through the taxation system. Alternatively, course fees may be paid by credit card at enrollment at a cost of $1,875 per unit. Registration forms for Fee Help and enrollment forms are available for download from the website below.
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International students equally are welcome to apply for enrollment. All components of the course are accessible online from enrollment to graduation. Fees for studying any course through Open Universities Australia are relatively low compared to courses delivered on campus. Each of the four units of study costs Aus$2070 (~US$1782) payable up front by credit card at the time of enrollment. Enrollment forms and further information may be accessed and downloaded through the website.
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International Health Course Content
The graduate certificate comprises four units of study:
- International Health and Primary Healthcare
- Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries
- International Nutrition
- Sexually Transmissible Infection and HIV: International Perspectives
Graduates will have gained practical knowledge for planning, management and delivery of various public health programs to maintain and improve international health practices. Major modern issues are covered relating to socio-cultural and biological implications for health. The online qualification is identical to the course studied on campus.
A maximum of two units per study period is recommended for working professionals. Approximately ten hours per week study time is required to complete each unit.
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Flexible Study Program
There are four study periods per year, and students may study units in each study period or take breaks between study periods to accommodate work or home commitments. However, the course must be completed within ten years. You may begin the course in the study period of your choice. All units may be offered each study period subject to tutor availability. The program comprises coursework and assignments. There are two assignments for each unit of study and a major review assignment at the end of the course. There are no examinations.
The graduate certificate in international health enables direct entry into further postgraduate programs including master's degrees in science, health promotion, and public health.
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Student Support Services
The graduate certificate in international health provides online forums, study groups, library database access, and technical support. Discussion groups include a range of health professionals interested in career advancement in the field of international health. Students are able to share and increase their learning from previous experiences in planning and delivery of health programs. Course books may be available through the online library or may be purchased at a low cost from previous students. Further details are available following enrollment. Online tutors for each unit are academics from Curtin University of Technology qualified in their own field of health.
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- Open Universities Australia Website: www.open.edu.au