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The Specialist Certificate in Health and Human Services provides health and community services professionals with foundational skills that will set them up to become agents of change.
As a student of this course, you will gain insight into the latest thinking, new knowledge and practices, and research as it relates to psychosocial practice.
If you want to have a broader impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society this course is for you.
If you are a qualified social worker you can study one of our Advanced Social Work courses.
This course is designed to prepare those for leadership and specialist roles in the health, mental health and human services sector. By undertaking this foundational course, you will understand and benefit from evidence-informed practice to effectively respond to the problems that affect individuals, families, communities and organisations. You will learn from leading academics who conduct evidence-based research in the fields of health, mental health, child and family welfare, ageing, social policy, policy evaluation and leadership.
Who the course is for
This course has been designed for health and community service professionals at various stages of their career, including recent graduates, established practitioners and those seeking to advance their career or move in go a new field of professional practice.
It includes those who work in mental health, drug and alcohol support, welfare, and those who work with disadvantaged or people in need.
It is particularly relevant to:
- Case managers
- Community workers
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 course 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.
What you will learn
Advanced knowledge and practical skills to apply to your practice
Advanced knowledge and practical skills to
apply to your practice
You will develop comprehensive knowledge and practical skills related to the assessment and intervention of human service settings. This could include knowledge of domestic and family violence (DVF) and theoretical frameworks and evidence involved in suicide prevention.
Policy and practice as it relates to psychosocial practice
Policy and practice as it relates to
You will explore a range of approaches useful for researching health and human services practice, encompassing both policy, organisational practice, as well as practice with individuals, groups and communities.
The skills and confidence to lead in this sector
The skills and confidence to
lead in this sector
You will develop writing skills for publication and undertake critical reflection of your own practice and development to adequately prepare you for leadership roles in the health and community services field.
Who you will learn from
Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Master of Advanced Social Work and Master of Health and Human Services
- Professor Louise Harms, Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Social Work
- Professor Aron Shlonsky, Professor of Evidence Informed Practice
- Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work
- Professor Lynette Joubert, Professor - Direct Practice, Social Work
- Professor Marie Connolly, Head of Department, Social Work
- Dr Nicole Hill, Lecturer - Social Work Field Education
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