Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health
What will I study?
- Understand the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of sexually transmissible infections and sexual and reproductive health issues relevant to Australia
- Learn about the public health control of sexually transmissible infection
- Apply conceptual and practical learnings to your own professional practice
- Graduates are employed in careers related to sexual health in the fields of clincal care, research, the pharmaceutical industry or hospitals
Sample course plan
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Sample course plan - 50 point program
Four subjects taken over one or two years part-time (one or two subjects per semester)
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- Clinical Sexual & Reproductive Health 12.5
Clinical Sexual & Reproductive Health
This is a public health and clinical subject for health professionals working or hoping to work in the area of sexual and reproductive health. It covers the following topics: sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses (prevention and screening, diagnosis and treatment), contraceptive choices for women during their reproductive life and the theory and rationale behind the screening for cervical cancer. This subject is focused on the clinical and practical aspects of providing sexual and reproductive health clinical services within the Australian health care setting.
Students who are Division 1 nurses and have current registration in Australia and who complete this subject successfully are able to undertake additional training to become accredited as nurse cervical screening providers and accredited HIV and Hep C test advisors.
This clinical accreditation is not part of the subject but can only be undertaken when this subject has been completed. This additional training is run by by Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, not the University of Melbourne.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health 12.5
Sexual and Reproductive Health
This subject provides an introduction to the fundamentals of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) from a public health perspective. Globally minded but locally focused, this subject examines the burden of disease associated with SRH and critically analyses significant factors of influence on SRH at the community and broader societal levels, including sexuality, violence, gender and sexual rights. Topics such as unmet need for contraception, fertility control, sex work and female cutting will also be covered. The development, implementation and evaluation of effective public health programs aimed at improving the SRH of communities will also be explored in the subject.
- Prevention and Control of STIs and HIV 12.5
Prevention and Control of STIs and HIV
This subject provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of HIV and STI prevention and control. The basic epidemiology of STIs and HIV is considered along with some of the relevant clinical characteristics of these infections. The subject also introduces the concept of core groups and its importance to transmission dynamics, explores the factors that influence STI and HIV control and examines the public health consequences of these infections. It also provides examples of interventions and programmes to prevent and control HIV and STIs and critically examines and analyses such programmes.
This subject is organised into the following themes:
- Definitions and background (STI epidemiology, diagnosis and management)
- Importance and impacts (public health implications and consequences; HIV and HIV/STI interaction)
- Control and stakeholders (public health theory of control with examples; groups and networks of importance)
- Prevention and health promotion (including individual health messaging, mass and social media campaigns)
- Applications and program examples
- Adolescent Sexuality and Sexual Health 12.5
Adolescent Sexuality and Sexual Health
This subject explores two main themes:
1. The social construction of sexuality - how our understandings of sexuality are developed in socio-cultural contexts; and
2. Sexual health - how it is defined and measured, what factors contribute to it, and practical issues to consider when interacting with adolescents and trying to have an impact on their sexual health and wellbeing.