Health Professional Education

James Cook University

Master Online
18 months
29400 AUD/year
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This Health Professional Education program from James Cook University is offered online to Australian and international students. It provides you with knowledge, skills, and competencies required to be a leader in improving clinical teaching and educational research in all health professions including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health.

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This Health Professional Education program from James Cook University is for you if you're already a health professional and you aspire to make a difference in healthcare as a health professional educator or educational researcher. It focuses on teaching and learning in health contexts, and includes completion of projects in health professional education.

You'll gain a sound theoretical foundation and learn practical teaching skills required to teach and supervise students in the health professions, along with educational research competencies. JCU aims to provide you with the skills required to be a leader in your field. You'll experience:

  • Online curriculum, so you can continue to work while you study
  • Recognition for achieving a degree from a university that is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region
  • The opportunity to learn from JCU's highly-qualified staff
  • Extensive support throughout your studies
  • Opportunities to benefit from JCU's research partnerships and networks with Australian Indigenous, rural and remote communities and international organisations.

Career opportunities

You’ll have an advantage after completing this JCU Master’s degree as you will have formal qualifications as a teacher, educator and leader in HPE as well as in your clinical discipline, while other clinical teachers only have registered qualifications in their clinical discipline.

This qualification will lead you to interesting and very rewarding career options. That's because the growing number of students in all health professions means that clinical teachers are required for a wide variety of clinical settings including urban and rural hospitals, general practices, and community clinics.

As a clinical educator, you could also teach post-registration health professionals, such as GP registrars and hospital residents.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions
  • Strategies for Clinical Teaching
  • Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions
  • Health Professional Education using Action Research
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education
  • Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education
  • Leadership in Health Professional Education
  • Research Project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
94 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29400 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.


The JCU Access Fund could be the answer if money problems stand between you and a higher education at James Cook University (JCU). Your financial circumstances are taken into consideration when awarding these scholarships and bursaries.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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