If you work with males or in male dominated industries where maintaining the physical and psychological health of your clients or workforce is a key function of your work, then this post-graduate course will interest you.
One of only a few courses of its type anywhere in the world, the UniSA Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion takes a fresh look at the health status of a group that makes up about half of Australia and the world’s population – males. When participants have completed this course they will have a comprehensive understanding of the health status of males in Australia and elsewhere, the key health issues and concerns of males, the key determinants of health in this population and of the subgroups of males who are most at risk. This information will then be examined for its implications in the shaping of male health services and male health and related policy. Existing national and state policy will be scrutinized to determine to what extent the drivers of male health outcomes are being addressed, what have been key outcomes to date and what challenges remain. Participants will also explore factors influencing the male experience of health and male health seeking behaviour as well as examine relevant theories of health promotion and health promotion program evaluation. Finally, students will reflect on specific approaches to engaging males by examining real world examples of illness prevention and health promotion programs and how different approaches might be adapted to their own practice.
The Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion aims to equip medical, allied health, human service, education and industry professionals with knowledge and skills to work and to engage more effectively with males, and to improve health, psychological, educational and social outcomes for males.
ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE
The Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion comprises two University of South Australia 4.5 unit courses*, with three modules in the first course, and four modules in the second course.
* a full year load is 36 units; each unit represents approximately 30 hours of student effort including lectures, tutorials, discussion forums, research, reading, reflection and assessment activities
Course 1: Male health in perspective
Module 1: Biological, physiological, social, economic, cultural and other determinants of male health
Module 2: Statistics of male health and illness and service utilization
Module 3: National and international male health policy
Course 2: Male health promotion
Module 1: Facts and fallacies of male health seeking behaviour
Module 2: Health promotion – assumptions, concepts, theories, models and approaches
Module 3: Health promotion – needs assessment, ethics, planning, resources, instruments and implementation
Module 4: Health promotion program evaluation – theories, rationale and approaches
ENTRY AND ELIGIBILITY
The Professional Certificate is aimed at medical, nursing, allied health, health, social and human service professionals, educators, psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors, occupational health and safety officers, health promotion officers, Aboriginal health workers and other industry professionals who work with men and boys within their work or community roles.
Participants will usually have completed an undergraduate degree in health or other relevant discipline or have equivalent work experience. Since the Program is delivered fully on-line, students are expected to be computer literate and be able to engage in online learning, word processing, and use the Internet and Email. Students will also require reliable access to the internet in order to access the on-line learning resources.
FLEXIBLE STUDY OPTIONS
The Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion is a fully online program augmented by weekly asynchronous on-line discussion forums to deepen learning and to encourage learning from and with other participants. For the duration of their enrolment, students have access to University resources including information technology resources, online teaching resources and borrowing rights with the University library.
Students can choose to undertake the entire Professional Certificate or just the individual courses making up the Certificate. Students cannot enrol for individual modules. Participants successfully completing assessment activities for only one of the Courses will receive a certificate of completion, with the workload hours nominated.
Only students successfully completing all of the two 4.5 unit courses (all seven modules) will gain the Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion. Participants will also be provided with a record of results.
Students must complete a registration form which is to be forwarded and approved by the Program Co-ordinator before enrolment is approved. Enrolments close one week before the commencement of courses. Enrolments cannot be processed after courses have commenced.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
UniSA policy prevents credit being granted toward the completion of Professional Certificates; ‘credit’ applies only to courses that lead to an award (e.g. Bachelors degree) of the University. Successful completion of courses in the Professional Certificate may be used as credit toward subsequent study in an award program of the University.
Each course will cost $900, with the total cost for the Professional Certificate being $1800. Course fees must be paid following approval of enrolment and prior to commencement of the course(s).
TIMELINE AND COURSE CALENDAR
Learning activities for each course will be conducted as indicated in the schedule below. The average workload expected of students is about 10-12 hours per week per course, including lectures, tutorials, discussion forums, research, reading, reflection and assessment activities. Students will have an additional two weeks following cessation of teaching to complete the final assignments.
Students may enrol in the entire Professional Certificate in either Study Period 2 or Study Period 5. Alternatively, students may elect to complete only one course in each of the study periods. We recommend students complete Course 1 (Male health in perspective) before commencing Course 2 (Male health promotion) should they elect to separate the courses.
Course calendar – 2014
Study period 2
Core teaching and assessment period: 03/03/2014 to 04/07/2014
Enrol by date: 14 Mar 2014
Final date for payment – study period 2 : 17 Mar 2014
Teaching break: 14 Apr – 25 Apr 2014
|Module||Course outline||Start date||End date||Duration|
|Course 1: Male health in perspective|
| Module 1
|Male Health determinants||March 3||March 28||4 weeks|
| Module 2†
|Male health & service utilisation statistics||March 31||May 9||4 weeks|
| Module 3
|National & International male health policy||May 12||June 6||4 weeks|
|Course 2: Male health promotion|
| Module 4
|Male health seeking behaviour||March 3||March 14||2 weeks|
| Module 5
|Health promotion principles & approaches||March 17||March 28||2 weeks|
| Module 6‡
|Strategies for effective male health promotion||March 31||May 16||5 weeks|
| Module 7
|Health promotion program evaluation||May 26||June 6||3 weeks|