Students are likely to undertake the GCAHM on a part-time basis over Trimesters 1 and 2 with the option of concluding elective units in Trimester 3. One core unit will run on campus in block mode – please refer to individual unit handbook entries for further details.
Some attendance is required at the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin centre, affiliated industry or other physical site.Cloud (online)
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Improve the social, physical and mental health of agricultural communities across Australia with our Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine.
This course aims to allow students an insight into the physical and mental health issues encountered by people within the agricultural industry. You will explore what influences higher rates of morbidity and mortality in rural and remote Australia, and what influences successful health policies and safety intervention programs.
By understanding these issues, along with learning the impact of poor health on agribusiness, agricultural production and sustainability, you will be placed to make a significant difference in Australia’s agricultural communities.Read More
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine students must attain 4 credit points, of which 2 credit points must be the core units HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine and HMF702 Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities.
The course structure is highly flexible and permits you to commence your studies with either HMF701 in Trimester 1 or HMF702 in Trimester 2 and then to complete either a 2 credit point minor research project or alternatively undertake 2 credit points from the course-grouped electives in the coursework stream.
If you are undertaking the coursework stream you will have the flexibility to choose any combination of the 6 listed elective units or alternatively you may choose unlisted 700-level units provided the units are relevant to the field of Agricultural Health and Medicine and you have written approval from your course director.
2 credit points from:
Public Health electives
Health Promotion electives
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
Some attendance is required at the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin centre, affiliated industry or other physical site.
Additional course information
All places offered to International students in this course are offered as off campus students. Deakin University is making no undertaking that an offer of on campus study may be made in the future. Should students wish to change to on campus mode in the future, they will be assessed in accordance with Deakin University admission guidelines at that time. Deakin University is not obligated to provide any students with a COE (confirmation of enrolment) to facilitate a student visa application.
Deakin University offers many off campus units which may include a compulsory on campus component or residential. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they understand the visa options available to them to allow for them to be in Australia and on campus to complete these requirements.
This program includes a compulsory week long on-campus intensive component held at a Deakin University campus. Students are required to obtain a visitor visa to undertake these compulsory intensive classes. Students are unable to apply for a student visa for this course.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 8-10 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. You will also be expected to attend the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin centre, affiliated industry or other physical site - see individual unit descriptions for full details.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
- Attainment of Bachelor Degree in any discipline
- At least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.
* One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
You may be eligible for the Government's FEE-HELP scheme. This scheme covers your tuition fees and can help make studying significantly more affordable.
It's similar to HECS-HELP, but designed for full-fee place courses. It doesn't matter how much you earn, you may still be eligible for FEE-HELP.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
The Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine (GCAHM) opens a variety of exciting career paths by providing students with a strong foundation in agricultural health, safety, wellbeing and sustainability. After successful completion of this course you will have the academic, practical and research skills to work in a range of career paths spanning health service provision, rural research, health management, health promotion, agricultural productivity, sustainability and rural policy. The GCAHM provides an important opportunity to those who are currently, or plan to be, rural and remote professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, health, health management, rural policy, WH&S and agriculture.
This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students to be recognised as an AgriSafeTM practitioner is subject to meeting the requirements of AgriSafeTM . Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply the general principles of agricultural health and medicine in the professional environment.
Demonstrate verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills using discipline-specific language and lay-terms necessary to explain and justify decisions to consumers, communities and professional colleagues.
Demonstrate knowledge and skills regarding the latest technological developments including social media; and select and use appropriate technologies to conduct research; and provide information to people in agricultural settings.
Critically evaluate policy, promotional and scholarly materials, research data, and farming environments; to make recommendations to influence and/or improve the health, wellbeing and safety of Australian agricultural communities.
Display flexibility and independence in applying an advanced body of knowledge, within the field of agricultural health and medicine, to solve problems regarding health, wellbeing and safety within agricultural communities.
Establish and maintain a lifelong commitment to applying research knowledge and principles in an evidence-based collaborative approach to agricultural health and medicine, demonstrated through reflective practice and leadership.
Establish and maintain collaborative, professional and respectful relationships when working in a team to achieve a common goal and take a leadership role when appropriate.
Apply knowledge of cultural, social and broader international matters in the field of agricultural health and medicine and act in a responsive manner to regional and rural issues.
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Credit for prior learning
Credit for prior learning may be granted for up to two credit points. Students must submit a completed Credit for Prior Learning application form and contact the course director.
Faculty contact information
Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777