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Jo-Anne Martin

Master of Health Science (Clinical Education)

"ACU allowed flexibility of study. I really benefitted from the online format and the interaction with students from other disciplines."

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Health is the umbrella term for a range of healthcare study areas on offer at ACU. Clinical education, health administration, healthcare simulation education, mental health, nursing, paramedicine and public health are crucial areas in our healthcare system. ACU prides itself on producing high quality professionals in these fields – to ensure first-rate delivery of healthcare in Australia.

Why study health at ACU?

ACU teaching staff have real world practical and professional experience. The University has strong links with healthcare partners around Australia, including ACU/partner clinical schools that provide opportunities for clinical placements, community engagement projects and future employment.

Exceptional learning facilities include ACU Health Clinics and world-class simulation facilities across five campuses, which are a hub for learning, teaching and research in simulation education.

The University has a variety of innovative and award-winning research projects, and there are opportunities to work with our health and nursing research institutes.

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ACU’s programs in clinical education offer students a foundation for facilitating clinical learning in the healthcare workplace. Our programs will provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan, implement and evaluate programs and to overcome challenges in facilitating learning in dynamic healthcare workplace settings.

Students will learn how to:

  • evaluate issues and challenges confronting the healthcare sector
  • conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical education to support service delivery in culturally-diverse healthcare settings
  • connect theory, practice and research with regard to clinical education in the healthcare workplace
  • examine the ethical aspects of personal, social, cultural, environmental and institutional issues that occur within contemporary healthcare delivery
  • contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.

Graduates of our clinical education courses may seek employment in government or private healthcare and education facilities in education, research and health promotion.

ACU offers a graduate certificate, a graduate diploma and a Master of Clinical Education.


Programs in health administration equip students with the skills to examine organisational culture, management concepts, governance and quality improvement within the healthcare workplace. Students will explore concepts relating to change management and outcomes, leadership strategies and skills, along with ethical, moral and social justice dimensions within the healthcare sector.

A qualification in health administration from ACU enables students to:

  • evaluate issues and challenges that confront the industry, healthcare professionals and consumers of their services
  • conceptualise new and creative approaches to healthcare administration to support service delivery in diverse healthcare settings
  • connect theory, practice and research within health administration
  • examine the ethical aspects of personal, social, cultural, environmental and institutional changes within contemporary healthcare delivery and respond to such changes
  • reflect on options and opportunities to enhance professional practice in contemporary local, regional and global healthcare contexts
  • contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.

Health professionals who graduate from our courses in health administration will have the skills needed to work in a variety of roles, such as health administrators and managers in hospital and community settings.

ACU offers a graduate certificate, a graduate diploma and a Master of Health Administration.


The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Education is an advanced program that aims to expand the knowledge and skills required for contemporary simulation practice.

Graduates of this program should be able to design, deliver and evaluate innovative and effective simulation-based learning, teaching and assessment activities that consider the cultural, social, ethical and spiritual dimensions of healthcare education.

This program combines sound educational theory with an evidence-based focus to meet the needs of the learner, education institutions, the healthcare industry, and other organisations that embrace the use of simulation in healthcare.

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of simulation education contexts. Examples of potential employment pathways for graduates include:

  • Simulation centre manager
  • Lecturer/educator in healthcare
  • Educator of military and emergency services personnel
  • Researcher of clinical education outcomes, work-integrated learning pedagogy, simulation pedagogy
  • Simulation technician


The Master of Mental Health aims to provide allied health practitioners with a theoretical and practical basis for work in the mental health sector. The program builds on discipline specific competencies from social work, psychology and occupational therapy, to develop generic skills in assessment and intervention across psychosocial domains. Recovery theory provides a unifying theoretical framework for the program.


Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health by improving social and political systems. It includes environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures.

ACU’s Bachelor of Applied Public Health will give you the skills to improve population health, whether for a handful of people or across several continents.

You will learn how to:

  • apply a rigorous evidence-based approach to understand disease determinants;
  • plan effective solutions through policy, legislation and advocacy;
  • develop and manage public health programs for populations, communities and individuals.

Graduates can enter a wide range of public health careers including: public health officer; community development worker; epidemiologist; policy analyst; program evaluator; health educator; project officer and consumer advocate.

A Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Global Studies double degree is also available.

From Semester 2 2016, ACU will offer a suite of new postgraduate programs in Public Health. These programs are designed to respond to the evolving role of public health practitioners within the Australian Health System, and internationally.

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health (Global Health & Advocacy)
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health

ACU’s Master of Public Health program has been specifically designed to incorporate both Australian and global viewpoints on public health. The program includes a unique specialisation option for students, Global Health & Advocacy, featuring a contemporary curriculum designed around the new United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The specialisation aims to equip its graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience to practice effectively in the evolving professional landscape of global health.

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