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Diploma of Health Sciences

Be work-ready across a wide range of health disciplines.

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I studied the Diploma of Health Sciences because I want to be a doctor. The teachers all are very friendly and everything is very well organised. I am excited to be studying here and I can’t wait to start my medical career.

Eunjin Cho,
Diploma of Health Sciences



2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1 and 2


Gold Coast

Health Sciences overview

The Health Sciences program provides a good grounding in the many disciplines that exist within the field of health science.

While the main focus is on biological and biochemical subjects, your studies will extend into chemistry, cell biology and anatomy.

You will develop strong foundations for entry into the second year of a number of Griffith University degree level programs in health sciences.

Current Fees

The top students are generally highly determined and focused.

Tessa Daal,
Diploma of Health Science, Program Convenor

Where could this diploma take me?

With a Diploma of Health Sciences from Griffith College you could start your journey towards one of the careers below:

  • Pharmacist
  • Scientific advisor
  • OH&S practitioner
  • Allied health worker
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Pathology technician
  • Ambulance attendant
  • Formulation chemist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Sports organisation professional

Sample program structure

First trimester

BRH100 - Essential Mathematics*

The Essential Mathematics is delivered in the first trimester of study, and will assist you to develop and/or refresh the fundamental mathematics knowledge and skills required for success in the Diploma maths related courses. Essential Mathematics is a free, non- weighted, and competency based (pass/fail), which means that it does not count towards students GPA (grade point average) and consequently, you are not permitted to drop this course. The course comprises a review of basic skills in Arithmetic and Algebra, an introduction to Linear Functions and equations, indices and logarithms.

1014MSC - Cells Tissues & Regulation

This course describes the functions of cells and the features of the different tissues they form. In addition, how cells and tissues are regulated by cell-to-cell communication within the nervous and endocrine systems to control variables such as body temperature, blood glucose levels and blood pressure to maintain the body’s internal balance (homeostasis) is investigated. The importance of microbiology and the mechanisms by which microbes can produce sicknesses, disrupting body homeostasis is also described. The material covered in this course will provide background knowledge that will assist in the understanding of topics covered in the Anatomy and Physiology courses in all trimesters.

Assessment plan:

  1. Multiple choice Module 1 quiz (10%)
  2. Mid trimester examination (20%)
  3. Laboratory demonstration/simulation quiz (15%)
  4. Module 3 quiz (20%)
  5. Research project (15%)
  6. Final examination (20%)
1020QBT - Academic & Professional Skills Development for Science & Technology OR 5902LAL – English Language and Communication for Health**

1020QBT – Academic & Professional Skills Development for Science & Technology

The course offers students a broad introduction to the skills involved in acquiring information and in displaying knowledge to others. It includes the basic knowledge skills required to successfully participate in an undergraduate degree program and to operate effectively in a professional context.

Assessment plan:

  1. SWOT Analysis and Critical Reflection (25%)
  2. Team Presentation (30%)
  3. Report (45%)

5902LAL – English Language & Communication for Health

English Language and Communication for Health is only offered to students from a non-English speaking background (NESB). Students whose first language is English are not permitted to undertake this course. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the language, knowledge and communication skills required for study and practice in their health disciplines, and to enable them to develop and practice English language skills relevant to the academic culture of Australian universities. The course therefore involves intensive English language practice and language immersion activities, with elements applied to contextualised, discipline specific settings.

  1. Case study SWOT analysis & recommendation paragraph (15%)
  2. Oral Presentation (15%)
  3. 1200-word academic essay (30%)
  4. Final Exam (40%)

Second trimester

1001GRC - Chemistry of Biological Systems 1

This course introduces the basic chemical principles that underlie biological systems. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of selected chemistry concepts, principles and theories, with some application to biological phenomena. The foundation provided in this course will allow students to be able to further develop their chemistry knowledge and skills relevant to health and medical sciences in later years. Students will learn about how matter is classified and measured, atomic structure, bonding, biological molecules, chemical reactions, gases, energy, pH, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium and nuclear chemistry. There will be five laboratory sessions that complement the learning in this course.

Assessment plan:

  1. Module 1 Quiz (15%)
  2. Portfolio (40%)
  3. Final Exam (45%)
1016MSC - Anatomy & Physiology Systems 1

A number of major body systems will be covered within Anatomy & Physiology Systems I, integrating anatomy with physiology. This course includes lectures and laboratory experiences in the study of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, endocrine and reproductive systems, it will provide foundational knowledge for students destined to undertake advanced studies in anatomy and physiology, and will develop analytical laboratory skills.

Assessment plan:

  1. Mid trimester exam (20%)
  2. Mid trimester laboratory exam (25%)
  3. Final laboratory exam (15%)
  4. Final exam (40%)
1205MED - Health Challenges for the 21st Century

This course takes a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to examine population health in the 21st Century. Using a socio-ecological perspective, the course will take a systems approach (i.e. from prevention through to
treatment) to introduce students to the environmental, social and behavioural determinants of health and disease. The course will link these determinants with global and national priority health challenges of the 21st
Century together with the implications for effective health care practice.

Assessment plan:

  1. Module 1 exam (30%)
  2. Written assessment – Environment and global health challenge (20%)
  3. Module 2 exam (35%)
  4. Quiz – Interprofessional learning (15%)

Third trimester

1015MSC - Chemistry of Biological Systems II

Chemistry of Biological Systems II, builds on material presented in Chemistry of Biological Systems I. The course introduces organic and biological chemistry, which underpins all biochemical processes and the molecular basis of life. The knowledge obtained will provide a solid foundation for following courses in biomedical science, health science, physiotherapy & exercise science, and pharmaceutical science. The course has an emphasis on practical laboratory skills. This, with the other components of the course, will allow students to develop problem solving skills relevant to the scientific method, competency in laboratory methods, and an ability to interpret laboratory results. The course covers the following topics: introductory organic chemistry, an overview of carbohydrate, lipid, nucleic acid, amino acid and protein chemistry, the chemistry of food, exercise & medicine, metals, and fundamentals of bioenergetics.

Assessment plan:

  1. PebblePad ePortfolio & LinkedIn account (10%)
  2. Module 1 Quiz (25%)
  3. Module 2 Quiz (10%)
  4. Module 3 Quiz (30%)
  5. Laboratory Assignment
    (a) Laboratory reports (13%)
    (b) Laboratory Workbook (12%)
1017MSC - Anatomy & Physiology Systems II

Within Anatomy & Physiology Systems II a number of major body systems will be discussed, integrating structure (anatomy) with function (physiology). This is a companion course to Anatomy and Physiology Systems I. With the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and digestive systems, description of human anatomy will precede physiological study, drawing on experience in laboratories as well as lectorials. The functions of blood, and the anatomy and functions of the immune system will be covered. This course will provide the necessary experience and learning for students destined to undertake advanced studies in anatomy and in physiology, and will develop (knowledge of) analytical laboratory skills.

Assessment plan:

  1. Exam 1-2 (20% x 2 = 40%)
  2. Lab exam 1-2 (15% x 2 = 30%)
  3. Exam 3 (30%)
1005QBT - Genes & Disease# OR 1001PSY - Introductory Cognitive & Biological Psychology^ OR 1002PSY - Introductory Individual & Social Psychology

1005QBT – Genes & Disease

In this course students will explore the biological processes on which the continuity of life is based. These include cellular reproduction, in which the information carried in cells is passed on from cell to cell and organism to
organism, and basic genetics which focuses on the storage, replication and transmission of such information and how it influences variation in living organisms. Procedures used to investigate biology and genetics at this
level, and the strategies used to take advantage of biological processes clinically and commercially will be investigated. The final part of the course then introduces the theme of evolution, discussing historic milestones
and developments, evidence for evolution and how evolutionary processes impact populations. Students will participate in case studies and laboratory based demonstrations/simulations designed to enhance their
understanding of the course material, providing a challenging opportunity to develop the practical and intellectual skills required of a scientist and/or health care worker.

Assessment plan:

  1. Multiple choice module 1 quiz (10%)
  2. Mid-trimester exam (20%)
  3. Module 3 quiz (20%)
  4. Laboratory demonstration/simulation workbook quizzes (x3) (15%)
  5. Student presentations (5%)
  6. Module 4 quiz (10%)
  7. Final Exam (20%)

1002PSY – Introductory Individual & Social Psychology

This course provides an introductory-level overview of several fields within psychology. It focuses on developmental and social processes and their relationships to individual differences in behaviour. It also provides a broad introduction to the areas of developmental, personality, abnormal and social psychology.

Assessment plan:

  1. Research Analysis (5%)
  2. Mid-Trimester Examination (20%)
  3. Assignment – Research Report (30%)
  4. Final Examination (45%)

Find out more: Current program structure

** Domestic students whose first language is not English, and International students who enter with an IELTS (or equivalent) < 7.0 must undertake the English Language & Communication for Health course.

# Genes and Disease is recommended for students on Health Sciences degree pathways except for 1171 Bachelor of Exercise Science degree pathway.

^ Students on a pathway to the Bachelor of Exercise Science to study Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

* Students who demonstrate success in the compulsory Mathematics Diagnostic Quiz prior to commencing their study may be exempt from completing Essential Mathematics and hence potentially reduce the duration of their diploma program.

Pathways to a Griffith University Health Sciences Degree

Domestic students
International students


2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1 and 2


Gold Coast
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