Graduate Certificate in Health Administration

To retrain or upskill during COVID-19, ACU has developed Opportunity Unlimited; a suite of full-time, online short courses and professional learning opportunities with reduced fees. Apply via the ‘Online’ option to take advantage of this offer.

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • North Sydney
  • Online
  • Open Universities Australia

6 months full-time or 1 year part-time

Domestic students


The Graduate Certificate in Health Administration equips students with skills to examine organisational culture, management concepts, governance and quality improvement within the health care workplace. Students will explore concepts relating to change management and outcomes, leadership strategies and skills, along with ethical, moral and social justice dimensions within the health care sector.

This course provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue a management or leadership role within their health care workplace.

Course duration

6 months full-time or 1 year part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online
  • North Sydney (Multi-mode)
  • Open Universities Australia (Online)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Deferment is not available for enrolment via OUA.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Semester 1 - Not on offer
  • Semester 2 - July
Open Universities Australia
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9744 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Average first year fee via ACU Opportunity Unlimited:


Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission an applicant must have:

  1. a Bachelor degree (or higher) or equivalent;
  2. submit a resume alongside their formal application, demonstrating suitability for study and evidence of relevant industry experience and/or prior learning over a sustained period.

If applying as part of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package (2020) initiative, applicants also must:

  • be over 18 years of age at commencement of course
  • be a domestic applicant
  • not be currently enrolled at ACU.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Career paths

The health professionals who graduate from this course will have the skills needed to work in a variety of roles, such as health administrators and manager in a variety of hospital and community settings.

Pathways to further study

Graduates can progress to a Graduate Diploma in Health Administration, a Master of Health Administration or a Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care.


Contacts for future students


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