As a health communicator you’ll learn to translate and mediate the myriad discourses within the industry including policy, research, clinical practice and public health.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
The health sector in Australia is growing rapidly. By 2025, there will be an extra 798,000 healthcare jobs in Australia*. There is a need for strategic communicators who understand the health sector in the workforce. Health communicators work to translate and communicate the many different issues and ideas that arise from health policy, research, clinical practice and public health to ensure that government, business and the wider community understand it.
*Source: Job Outlook 2018
Learning through case studies and real industry projects, you will analyse and critique health communication campaigns in Australia and internationally. You will have the opportunity to undertake industry internships in your second semester.
Health communication is a diverse professional area with employment opportunities available across various 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.
7 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Health Communication at Murdoch
- Put theory into practice with professional placements through our Work Integrated Learning program. Have the opportunity to take on real projects with real clients through our on campus consultancy, MESH, or undertake an internship.
- Be taught by leading academics and tutors with local, national and international industry experience.
- By 2025, there will be an extra 798,000 healthcare jobs in Australia*. There will be demand for strategic communicators who understand the health sector in the workforce in coming years.
*Source: Job Outlook 2018
- Looking to continue on and complete a masters? You could use the units completed in this course as credits towards the Master of Communication and Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership.
- Choose full-time, part-time, on-campus, or online options to help you fit study into your working life. If you’re an international student, you’ll need to study full-time to meet your visa requirements.
- Most of our classes take place after work hours during the week in the late afternoon or on weekends.
- Take advantage of free workshops and seminars to help you with writing, statistics and analysing data, ethics, how to run surveys and research as a postgraduate student.
Develop your skills
Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:
- critical and ethical issues in communication
- web strategy
- strategic communication
- strategic health leadership and management
- health communication.
Graduates of this course will be able to seek employment in the health and allied industries in a range of roles.
Careers could include:
- Strategic Communication Consultant (generally and more specifically in government and policy settings)
- Community Engagement Officer
- Stakeholder Relations Manager
- Health Communication Advisor
- Health Communication Consultant.
- Perth Campus
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
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