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Graduate Diploma in Health Communication (GradDipHthComm)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Health Communication (GradDipHthComm)
Course Code G1075
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Mrs Renae Desai | Email: R.Desai@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6202

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Health Communication (GradDipHthComm)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal) (no admissions to be taken for 2020; enrolment suspended)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description In Australia, health communication is a diverse field working across government, non-government, non-profit, private and public organisations and impacting on the heath decision-making behaviour of a diverse and complex public. Health communicators work to translate and mediate the myriad discourses within the industry including policy, research, clinical practice and public health. Students will work on real-life projects within this context and will engage with current theory and practice in order to critique health communication campaigns in Australia and internationally.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree in any field, or equivalent training, or satisfactory preparation for the course through previous study or professional experience.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Graduate Diploma in Health Communication will demonstrate a specific and coherent understanding of:
* The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
* The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bare in social and creative enquiry
* Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life.
In addition, graduates of the Graduate Diploma will:
* demonstrate a knowledge of, and ability to apply the principles and concepts of health communication to various contexts;
* recognise that health communication works within an industry context that impacts on, and is influenced by, other disciplines;
* recognise that health communication plays an important part in the development and application of health related discourses; and
* recognise and work within the creative process of developing strategies for health communication campaigns.

CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Graduate Diploma in Health Communication are effective communicators who demonstrate:
* proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
* capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO 3 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Graduate Diploma in Health Communication gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
* analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
* a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline
In addition, graduates of the Graduate Diploma will develop effective communication skills, both individually and in teams, by:
* researching, developing, implementing and evaluating health communication strategies in relation to specific purposes, audiences, stakeholders, contexts and technologies;
* applying recognised health communication methodologies and appropriate practical techniques, tools and technologies, and being able to adapt these techniques when necessary;
* adopting a range of techniques to manage all the aspects of a health communications project; and
* critically engaging with theory to analyse, interpret and evaluate strategic health communication processes.

CLO 4 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Graduate Diploma in Health Communication demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
* a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
* critical self-reflection
* creative problem solving
* a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Graduate Diploma in Health Communication have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
* give and receive critical feedback
* work effectively within team environments
* respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Graduate Diploma in Health Communication demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others.
Employment Prospects Health communication is a diverse professional area with employment opportunities available across diverse industries in Australia and internationally. Health communicators are the vital link between policy makers, health providers, clinicians, researchers and public health institutions working at all levels of health intervention, from grass roots community all the way to the international arena. Graduates of this course will be able to seek employment in the health and allied industries in a range of roles including, but not limited to, strategic communications specialists, communications advisors, media advisors, communications consultants, digital communications specialists, community engagement officers, stakeholder managers, government communications advisors, communications policy advisors and public relations managers.
Main research areas Health communication, behaviour change, communication and media studies, public relations, digital health communication
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 18 credit points

MCM501 Critical and Ethical Issues in Communication - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

MCM502 Web Strategy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

MCM506 Strategic Communication - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SWM519 Strategic Health Leadership and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

MCM507 Health Communication - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

MCM608 Health Communication Project - 3 points
Not available this year

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the units below, with a maximum of 3 credit points at 600 level.

MCM605 International Strategic Communication and Culture - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

WEB564 Web Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

WEB565 Web Planning - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM518 Health Economics and Finance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 150 places), S1-external, S2-internal (quota of 150 places), S2-external

SHP501 Safety and Quality in Health Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

SWM533 Principles of Health Informatics - 3 points
Not available this year

LLM614 Health Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY609 Changing Behaviour in Policy and Practice: The Psychology of Influence - 3 points
Not available this year

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