Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Services
What will I study?
What you will learn
Advanced knowledge and practical skills to apply to your practice
You will develop comprehensive knowledge and practical skills related to the assessment and intervention of human service settings. This could include knowledge of domestic and family violence (DVF) and theoretical frameworks and evidence involved in suicide prevention.
Policy and practice as it relates to psychosocial practice
You will explore a range of approaches useful for researching health and human services practice, encompassing both policy, organisational practice, as well as practice with individuals, groups and communities.
The skills and confidence to lead in this sector
You will develop writing skills for publication and undertake critical reflection of your own practice and development to adequately prepare you for leadership roles in the health and community services field.
To gain the Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Services you must complete 50 points comprising of:
- Four elective subjects.
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
Student’s vision: “children shouldn’t have to recover from their childhood”
By Serpil Senelmis
Ranjani Nadarajan is a Senior Research Coordinator in the field of neurodevelopmental research. She was motivated to pursue the online Master of Health and Human Services at the University of Melbourne in an effort to better guide and support vulnerable children.
“I have seen the struggles children go through on a daily basis. I have come to realise that children understand the world very differently. They need better support and guidance systems to help them become better and capable adults.”
Ranjani explains that she’s already seeing the benefits of her online study come to fruition in her current role where she she mostly “works with children and their parents to understand the child’s cognitive and socio-emotional development.”
“My online study gives me a better understanding of how my research work will translate upstream into policies or implementation work. It allows me to motivate myself to do better research as well as plan for future research.”
This is the first time the Singapore based student has attempted online study and she says "the greatest strength of the online mode is its flexibility. It allows me to plan my study time while juggling my work, health, and family."
When asked to list her highlights from her study, Ranjani states that the case studies have been her “most favourite part of the course.”
Case studies are practical and they help me to take a step forward into practice instead of just working with the theory. They also help me to look at the course materials from various perspectives.
While the cost of study is “definitely a consideration,” Ranjani says when it came to self-funding her masters degree, “it helped that the domestic tuition fee rates were extended to international students as well.”
“If you are looking into venturing into international study, this online course will make it easy for you without compromising any course content. Moreover, the student resources and student support at the University of Melbourne are excellent.”
Sample course plan
View some sample course plans to help you select subjects that will meet the requirements for this certificate.
Sample course plan - One Year (Part-time)
A part-time study load is one standard subject (12.5 credit points) per term
Explore this course
Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this certificate.
- Advanced Trauma Perspectives12.5
Advanced Trauma Perspectives
This subject critically examines contemporary trauma theories, including psychodynamic, narrative, and anti-oppressive approaches. It explores their application to working with individuals, families and communities in a variety of practice settings.
- Implementation Science in Theory12.5
Implementation Science in Theory
This subject will introduce students to the core elements of Implementation Science, both theory and practice. It will expose students to a number of different implementation conceptual models and frameworks and apply these to real life examples of implementation in the human service sector. The subject will also introduce students to the essential role data plays in driving implementation success. This will include the practice of systematically using data, information, and knowledge to set and drive change, evidence actual implementation, tracking outcomes and driving continuous improvement throughout the implementation cycle.
- Implementation Science in Practice12.5
Implementation Science in Practice
This subject draws on the theoretical and practical concepts that were explored in Implementation Science in Human Services and apply these to real world examples of implementation in human service systems. Students will critically examine the effectiveness of different approaches to implementation; the role multidisciplinary teams play in the alignments of systems, and the application of implementation theory against real world cases. It will also include practice and theoretical application of different types of program evaluation through an implementation lens, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes and impact assessment. Students will be able to draw on case studies from their own work.
- Ageing Health & Human Services12.5
Ageing Health & Human Services
This course explores the interface of policy and practice in the delivery of aged care services. The responses to policy shifts in aged care over time will be explored. The course will then focus on the present day impact of health care, mental health, income security, housing, and employment, educational and recreational policies on the delivery of services to older citizens collectively and as individuals. Case studies will be used to illustrate both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing and delivering services.
- Psychosocial Oncology12.5
This subject explores the theoretical paradigms, and the political, economic and social determinants of psychosocial practice in the field of oncology. Advances in cancer care, and the relevance of these in relation to life stresses and quality of life, have resulted in the increased importance of psychosocial issues on assessment, intervention and recovery. The subject will include the impact of cancer on the developmental stage of the individual, including family and interpersonal relationships, as well as issues related to survivorship and the management of cancer as a chronic illness. Professionals working in multidisciplinary cancer care teams are in a unique position to respond to the needs of people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their carers. This subject aims to strengthen their capacity to respond effectively and appropriately from a psychosocial service perspective.
- Domestic and Family Violence12.5
Domestic and Family Violence
This provides foundational knowledge in understanding domestic and family violence (DFV) and the intervention for workers in the human services sector. An analysis which draws from an ecological and a public health framing of the cultural, structural, relational and individual understandings of DFV informs the content of the course. An approach which recognises the gendered patterns of DFV and which also recognises the impact on children of living with violence and abuse provides the parameters of the subject. Issues of diversity will be woven throughout the subject.
Specific topics that will be covered include: prevalence and incidence of DFV and what this tells us about children, gender and intersectionality; risk assessment and risk management; accountability for men who use violence; strengthening the mother-child relationship in the aftermath of violence; supporting collaborative inter-agency practice; specific issues for child protection workers; the prevention agenda and strategies for earlier intervention.
- International Child and Family Welfare12.5
International Child and Family Welfare
This subject explores the ways in which child welfare systems internationally have developed in response to child care and protection needs. It will consider the controversies surrounding the protection of children, and the developing knowledge base that informs responses to child maltreatment. It will explore the knowledge base underpinning child protection responses, and will explore some of the innovative frameworks, approaches and key ideas that have emerged over time. It explores some of the universal values and beliefs that underpin and drive child protection systems, particularly within Western jurisdictions, and will consider the implications of this for the development of child protection typologies that have broader international relevance.
- Suicide Prevention12.5
This subject explores the theoretical frameworks and available evidence in the field of suicide prevention, regarding the identification and assessment of suicide-related thoughts and behaviours. The subject will dually focus on theoretical knowledge and skills-based acquisition, with a focus on assessment and interventional strategies that are brief and evidence-informed. The language of suicide and definitional issues that exist within the field of suicidology will be explored, as will the ethical aspects of working clinically and undertaking research with suicidal clients. The impact and contribution of psychosocial issues to suicidal crises will be considered, as will the importance of professionals understanding the meaning of self-harming and suicidal behaviours, from the perspective of those engaging in the behaviours. This subject will primarily focus on the integration of theory and practice in assessing and responding to suicidality in the context of the Australian service system.
- Service Navigation Theory12.5
Service Navigation Theory
Service Navigation is a new paradigm influencing and changing the delivery of health and human services. Responding to the current trend toward client-directed care across various sectors this subject will introduce students to the field of service navigation including the context that gave rise to the field; the shift from the ‘passive recipient of care’ to the ‘engaged partner in care’; the application of the role in public and private settings; and, the practice fields in which service navigation is both established and emerging. It will provide students with a framework of the key principles and practice elements of service navigation including engagement and mobilisation of service systems, working with individuals and families across the life course, and costing, contracting and service agreements. This subject aims to strengthen their capacity to deliver high quality and effective services in existing service navigator roles and to provide a theoretical basis from which service navigation can be evaluated, expanded and developed.