University of Technology Sydney

C11362v1 Graduate Certificate in Women's and Children's Health

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Women's and Children's Health (GradCertWomenChldH)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online campus


This is an online course, so international students are not eligible to apply for a student visa to take this course in Australia.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course is aimed at students who wish to further develop their career in a health field that intersects with women’s and children's health. Students begin their journey at the graduate certificate level in either child and family health or women’s and children's health and may advance to graduate diploma or master's level.

As a fully online course, students can plan and tailor their study schedule to suit their needs. Support from educators, industry specialists and researchers throughout the course offers expert knowledge and experience to enhance student learning.

This course uses teaching, innovative learning and assessment approaches such as inquiry-based and workplace learning, drawing from real-world environments and experiences. These elements bring together skills and knowledge that build capacity in the students in an area of their choosing. Electives provide students with the opportunity to expand their learning in addition to their chosen stream selection, broadening their potential career trajectory beyond traditional paths into areas including policy development, research, leadership and women's health.

Career options

Nurses and Midwives

The Graduate Certificate of Women’s and Children’s Health appeals to midwives and nurses who wish to progress their career within the nursing and midwifery fields.

The course will support career progression and allows graduates to pursue career opportunities in:

  • Nursing/Midwifery Unit Management
  • Senior Policy Officer/Policy Development
  • Further research (Masters and PhD)
  • Further study (Masters of Women’s and Children’s Health or Graduate Diploma of Women’s and Children’s Health)

Allied Health Professionals

This course appeals to allied health professionals such general practitioners, social workers, psychologists, dietitians and nutritionists, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologists and other allied health professionals who wish to expand their current clinical knowledge and experience and focus their career on supporting the health needs of women and children.

The course supports graduates to pursue roles in:

  • Their current field of expertise but become specialists in women's and children’s health
  • Policy development
  • Leadership and managerial roles
  • Further research (Masters and PhD)
  • Further study (Masters of Women’s and Children’s Health)

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who examine and contribute to practice, policy, and research to achieve clinical excellence and enhance health outcomes
1.1 Demonstrate reflective critical thinking to enable appraisal of current practice, policy and research relating to women’s and children’s health care and health outcomes.
2.0 Are visionary, innovative and responsive leaders
2.1 Are effective, collaborative and responsive health professionals and potential leaders in a particular field of women’s and children’s health.
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically aware and accountable when engaging with health care consumers, families/significant others, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and authorities
3.1 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable when engaging with individuals, families, and interdisciplinary teams.
4.0 Communicate effectively and professionally in diverse and dynamic situations
4.1 Communicate effectively for a variety of needs in healthcare practice.
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Plan for ongoing professional development and skills in order to support practices within the scope of their role which focus on women’s and children’s health.
6.0 UTS graduates will have knowledge of Indigenous Australian contexts to inform their capability to work effectively for and with Indigenous Australians within their profession
6.1 Critically reflect on Indigenous Australian contexts to inform professional cultural capability to work effectively with and for Indigenous Australians within the health and social care profession.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry into the course requires the completion of a bachelor’s, master’s, graduate diploma, or graduate certificate qualification in Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health, Rehabilitation Therapies, or other health – related field.

Applicants who have completed their tertiary studies in a non-relevant area may be considered for C04447 Master of Women’s and Children’s Health based on recent relevant work experience. These applicants must provide one of the following:

  • Current registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia (NMBA) or their home country; OR
  • A CV and Statement of Service on an official letterhead from their workplace’s human resource department (or equivalent) confirming the dates of employment, and the position held within the organisation. Work experience must be in an Allied Health Profession, such as social workers, public health practitioners, occupational health therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, nutritionists etc.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above academic requirements may be considered for C11362 Graduate Certificate in Women's and Children's Health based on work experience only. These applicants must provide ONE of the above.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points.

Course completion requirements

STM91805 Women's and Children's Health Stream 24cp
Total 24cp

Course program

For more information, download a course guide, and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about 100% online study and a possible study program

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Children’s Health and the Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health and the Master of Women’s and Children’s Health (C04447).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health