Understand the changing landscape of mental health
Mental health is an issue of increasing importance across all aspects of society. This online program is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the rapidly evolving field of mental health, with a focus on the latest research and treatment options across a range of mental and substance-use disorders.
- This program is not CRICOS registered. Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this program can only study it fully online. This program is not available to onshore international students on a Student Visa.
- Inherent Academic Requirements
Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.
- Program coordinator
- Professor Daniel Hermens
In this program you will:
- Study through USC’s Thompson Institute and benefit from its unique integration of world-class research, clinical services, education and advocacy
- Learn from a multi-disciplinary team of more than 35 experts, who are not only at the forefront of mental health and neuroscience research, but are also applying the latest science in clinical practice and education.
- Gain knowledge of cutting-edge applied neuroscience that has the power to transform mental health practice across a wide range of disciplines
- Study other important areas of focus in the program, including youth mental health, advanced neuroimaging, and suicide prevention
The Graduate Certificate of Mental Health and Neuroscience is designed to be studied part-time and is ideal for existing health professionals who want to develop their understanding and knowledge in emerging aspects of mental health and neuroscience.
High-quality online learning environment
This program is purpose-built for online learning, allowing you to control the pace, time and location of your study. Learning materials include high-quality video messages from experts, multimedia resources and interactive checkpoints that allow you to reflect and gain feedback. The program also offers plenty of ways to regularly connect with your course coordinator and peers.
Opportunity for further study
This program is also suitable as a pathway to higher degree research, or to the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience.
To be considered for admission, candidates would normally be required to hold an undergraduate degree (AQF Level 7), or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution in a relevant discipline, as determined by the Program Coordinator. Examples of relevant disciplines include science, medical science, nursing, medicine, psychology, health science and pharmacy.
How to apply
Why study Mental Health and Neuroscience?
“I chose to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience to build skills and knowledge to enhance my current practice. As a secondary school educator working primarily in a student support context, the course has been invaluable in developing an understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of mental disorders which emerge in youth as well as current approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
"The structure of the course and assessment items were dynamic in both their applicability to my own practice as well as fostering a multi-disciplinary approach in working with other students with different backgrounds and professions.”
— Josh Maudsley, USC student
- Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.