Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$20577 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


The ACU Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education supports educators of health professionals to develop advanced knowledge and skill required to promote change through innovative, engaging and evidence-based education. By building on the foundational knowledge and skill developed through the Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education, this course aims to prepare students with advanced understanding of complex concepts related to learning and teaching of health professions. The course provides students with an understanding of research and ethics in health professional education, and the role these essential elements play in leading practice improvement and through reflective practice, critical inquiry, scholarship and research. Furthermore, the course will provide students with advanced understanding of contemporary teaching practices relevant to health professional education today.

This course is designed for educators of health professions seeking a pathway to scholarship and leadership in health professional education.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • government or private health care
  • education facilities in education
  • healthcare simulation education
  • health education promotion.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC608 Theoretical Foundations of Health Professional Education

HLSC604 Quality and Safety in Health Care

HLSC665 Contemporary Teaching for Health Professional Education

HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research

Year 1 - Semester 2

HLSC609 Facilitating Learning in Health Professional Settings

HLSC664 Curriculum Design, Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education

HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care

PHIL623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Graduate Diploma - AQF Level 8

Exit Points

A student who has completed the following requirements from the specialisations in the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the relevant award:

a. Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education: 40 cp from Health Professional Education units

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education, an application must:

  1. have completed either a Bachelor degree in a health discipline or equivalent; OR
  2. have completed the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education or Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education; AND
  3. have completed at least one year of clinical or work experience prior to admission.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates may be eligible to apply for enrolment in the Master of Health Professional Education.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$20577 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.


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