1 year part-time
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The Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Health aims to prepare students for emergency deployment to humanitarian crises. Students will develop their existing public and clinical health knowledge and skills to be able to manage the unique issues and problems that arise in complex humanitarian environments, such as conflicts and natural disasters.
Students will gain an understanding of the history of humanitarian sector; the underlying humanitarian principles, values and complex ethical issues in practice; and the humanitarian actors in the humanitarian system. Students will explore the humanitarian programme cycle and how health management applies to this cycle. Specific public and clinical health issues for particularly vulnerable groups in humanitarian crises will be explored.Read More
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study as listed below and
Complete 2 units in:
Plus Complete 2 units selected from the following
2018 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
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 Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
Attainment of Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
- at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
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.
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 course will respond to a limited number of university accredited postgraduate courses in humanitarian health domestically and internationally. The course will build on the professional training and experience of students to provide more in-depth education and analytical focus for those who have experience or wish to gain employment in the humanitarian sector through attaining a qualification in humanitarian health.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
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.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Demonstrate specialised knowledge of the historical and current context and issues of the humanitarian sector and relate this knowledge to emergent public health issues in humanitarian crises.
Apply advanced communication skills to analyse, plan implement and evaluate interventions that address identified health needs in complex humanitarian crises to a range of stakeholders in the sector.
Select relevant digital technologies to research, critically analyse, evaluate and communicate current research, evidence based practice and other information to diverse audiences regarding health issues in humanitarian crises.
Critically analyse and interpret contextual information relating to health needs to plan, prioritise and evaluate health programs in complex humanitarian crises.
Critically analyse available information on a range of complex health needs to generate solutions to prevent disease and injury and protect health whilst considering context constraints and stakeholders needs in humanitarian crises.
Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability through continued commitment to learning, reflective practice and professional development to lifelong learning in humanitarian health.
Collaborate with diverse teams members to effectively plan, implement and manage health programs as part of a multisectorial response to humanitarian crises.
Evidence cultural competence in planning and developing equitable access to health services and interventions in multisectorial humanitarian contexts.
Approved by Faculty Board February 2018
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.
The Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health will be an articulated pathway to the Diploma or Masters of Humanitarian Assistance and Master of Development and Humanitarian Action offered through the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Masters of Nursing Practice offered through the Faculty of Health (School of Nursing and Midwifery).
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student’s prior qualifications and professional experience.
Faculty contact information
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
+61 3 5227 1359