Advanced Certificate in Health Management

Study online and develop an insight into the scope and nature of the health industry. Acquire skills which can be applied in both mainstream and complimentary medicine. Understand management roles and responsibilities.

Course CodeVRE048
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

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Discover how to Oversee a Range of Health-related Operations

As the nature of the health care industry changes it is difficult to predict the nature of job opportunities very far into the future. There is no doubt that there will be opportunities in health services; but it may be a mistake starting a 3 to 6 year qualification today and locking yourself into a study program that is setting what you will be studying 2, 3 or 4 years from now (when  everyone is predicting that most of the jobs 5 years from now have probably not even been conceived yet).

Study skills which can be applied to different areas of health as they evolve. 


Learn the skills to be successful in Health Management 

Health care services can be as diverse as the clientele they serve.  They can vary from providing physical or psychological therapy programs to operating a retirement village.

Gain a solid foundation of the necessary skills to provide effective management of health services.  

Increase your knowledge of the medical/health/fitness fields, through the guidance and feedback of experienced professional tutors.

To be successful in establishing positive management practices will depend upon your attitude, ability to move with a changing field and quality background knowledge. 

Health care systems and services encompass a wide range of disciplines, therefore the paths towards your future career are endless.  You can direct your studies to your current area of expertise, or chose a new direction for yourself.  You can also make your learning bundle as focused or as broad as you need it to be. 

The Health Industry is changing faster than ever.  A high level of networking will provide the basis for ongoing success, this will allow you to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to changes as your career moves forward.

Studying with ACS gives you, as a student, the basis of forming relationships and networks in the health care community, through the guidance and support of professional academics.  


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Health Management.
 Business Operations VBS006
 Health & Fitness I BRE101
 Human Anatomy & Physiology (Human Biology 1A) BSC101
 Medical Terminology BSC109
 Personnel Management VBS107
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 37 modules.
 Anatomy II (Human) BSC112
 Biochemistry I (Animal and Human) BSC103
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Cell Biology BSC110
 Child Psychology BPS104
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Fitness Risk Management VRE104
 Human Nutrition 1 BRE102
 Stress Management VPS100
 Workplace Health & Safety VBS103
 Aged Care and Counselling BPS212
 Aquafitness BRE207
 Biochemistry II (Plant & Animal) BSC203
 Bioenergetics (Human Biology IB) BSC201
 Biopsychology II BPS204
 Child and Adolescent Mental Health BPS214
 Counselling Techniques BPS206
 Ethics BPS217
 Family Counselling BPS213
 Food Preparation - Foundations of Cooking BRE212
 Health & Fitness II BRE201
 Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health) BSS200
 Human Nutrition II BRE202
 Managing Mental Health in Adults BPS216
 Medicinal Herbs BHT227
 Microbiology BSC209
 Resistance Exercise BRE206
 Therapeutic Nutrition BRE211
 Abnormal Psychology BPS307
 Business Coaching BBS304
 Children's Nutrition BRE304
 Health & Fitness III BRE301
 Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) BSS300
 Human Nutrition III BRE302
 Life Coaching BPS305
 Psychological Assessment BPS308
 Weight Loss Consultant BRE307

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Health Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Staying Healthy is the Best Way to Address Health Issues

Physical and mental deterioration of the body may be something that is in the long term unavoidable, as a person ages. By staying healthy though, it is possible to greatly reduce the amount of time suffered, and the severity of health problems.

A health care worker can contribute significantly toward improving someone's quality off life, by helping them maintain an optimum level of health.

Some of the ways this can be done are:

By recognising stress we can avoid situations that bring it about and maximise situations that bring about the opposite response. We can unlearn behaviour that brings about a hostile response.

Also, for some disorders social isolation poses a greater risk than for those who are happily socially integrated. Defence against stress is also provided by a happy social environment. Where people have a sense of belonging, they tend to form part of a social network that is harmonious and gives them meaning in life and enables them to predict, control and cope. Goals become acceptable and attainable within a social network and the person values friendship above the acquisition of material resources (Friedman 1996).

Culture can also have a large impact. Japanese culture emphasises social interaction, inter-dependence, stability, cohesion, and group values far more than Western culture. Marmot and Syme (1976) carried out a study and found that Japanese people living a traditional lifestyle, but living in California, had a five times lower rate of coronary heart disease than Californians.

Meditation has been linked to a reduction in sympathetic nervous system domination and hyper-arousal (Bracke and Thoresen, 1996). The parasympathetic contribution is simultaneously strengthened.

Owning a pet also seems to have a positive correlation with mental health. Pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure and lower levels of fatty substances in the blood compared to non pet owners (Anderson et. al., 1992). There is no difference between types of pet so walking the dog cannot explain this phenomenon.

There is some, though rather weak, evidence that thinking positively can also help cancer patients. Sustained aerobic exercise can actually help in preventing heart disease and also alleviate depression and anxiety.

There are lot of alternative ways to alleviate stress.  eg: A massage once in a while is known to eliminate stress and make a person more relaxed. Reiki is a form of healing which focuses on the sense of touch for healing purposes both physical and psychological. A float tank has been shown to be very effective at reducing stress. There are many other techniques equally as effective.

Where can this course lead?

All health industry employees need to understand health science to a degree; but many need more than that. They need to have knowledge and skills in management and business as well. We've all visited doctors surgeries and seen nurses, receptionists, office managers and behind the scene management. 

With the strong foundation gained through this course, you will have a great standing for any successful management career in private or public health care services – or to be used as a stepping stone for further study.  

The focus of this course is determined by you as a student, through the elective module choices you make.  Therefore, the outcome of this course will be different for each graduate.  This is ideal in a field that is highly varied and diverse. 

The following are just some of the opportunities that may be found:

  • Research and Development – within specific companies or as a self-employed consultant.
  • Health testing or assessment services – for example: medical laboratory testing, psychological assessments and development of medical testing equipment, both hardware or software.
  • Manufacturing health industry products – for example: Products sold in a Pharmacy, Health Food stores.
  • Preventative medicine
  • Community Health – aged care facilities, community based support groups/companies
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Psychological Health
  • Marketing - health services and products
  • Education -public education
  • Business Management and Development requires both management skills as well as a solid understanding of the health industry.

The sort of skills required by a good health practitioner are often not the same as what is needed to be a successful health services entrepreneur, innovator, educator or product developer.

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