Graduate Certificate in Health and Human Services

Where will this take me?


Career outcomes

According to projections, the health and community services sector will grow more rapidly than any other in the next five years*. This will create demand for high-calibre health, community services and social workers, a trend that is echoed internationally. The Health and Human Services program allows you to take advantage of this demand.

As a graduate of this course, you will have developed the ability to engage in a critical reflection of your own practice and be able to lead effectively in this sector, with the capabilities and skills to build important connections between people and organisations.

*Australian Government, Department of Employment, 2016 Industry Employment Projections Report.


Ranjani Nadarajan

Ranjani Nadarajan is a Senior Research Coordinator in the field of neurodevelopmental research. In 2019, she completed 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 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.”

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.”