What will I learn?

Gain a valued qualification from a leading university in rural and remote health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. This course is for health professionals who aspire to work in a lead role in health education and research.

What to expect

Become a leader in improving clinical teaching and education research in all health professions including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health. Focus on teaching and learning in health contexts with specific strategies for clinical settings.

Develop knowledge and skills in teaching and learning in clinical contexts, educational technologies, assessment, curriculum design, and research based on evidence and relevant to your career in health. Take advantage of flexible, online delivery with consistent support from JCU’s outstanding teachers.

Help shape the future of health care. JCU Health Professional Education graduates have specialist education skills applicable to all clinical settings.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education (HPE) are equipped with specialist educator skills that are applicable to a wide range of clinical and healthcare settings.

HPE is applicable to a range of healthcare settings. Graduates pursue careers in private and public hospitals, tertiary, rural and remote health services, and in community settings and clinics.

Graduates find work as educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry and all allied health professions. You could find employment as a clinical educator, supervisor or preceptor for health students.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education you may choose to go on to study the Master of Health Professional Education.

Graduates find work as educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry and allied health.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Study options

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,280.00 (17,28,051) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a degree equivalent to an Australia Bachelor degree. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet-based): 74 (minimum writing score of 18); Pearson (PTE Academic): 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

For international students

Registration as a nurse, doctor of medicine or other health professional in Australia; or

Completion of an appropriate AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a relevant discipline, with 2 years relevant experience or equivalent.

IELTS - 7 (with 7.0 in three components and 6.5 in one component); TOEFL (internet based) - 94 (no component less than 23); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 65 (with 65 in three components and 58 in one component).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 250 of universities in the world
  • Rated as “world-class or better” in 83% areas of research
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills