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Learn how to engage individuals and communities locally and globally with the care of their health and wellbeing. Study health promotion at Deakin and you will be armed with the skills needed to work in this rapidly-growing area of the health sector.
Increasingly, health promotion activities are being incorporated into workplaces and communities around the world. The Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion is designed to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to develop professional approaches to evidence-based health promotion practice, so that you can apply your expertise to a range of settings.
Deakin's postgraduate degrees in health promotion are suited to those wanting a career in the health sector, as well as those already working in health wishing to upgrade their knowledge and qualifications to pursue management roles.
The course will give you an understanding of health promotion concepts and approaches as they relate to contemporary health issues in Australia and internationally. You will learn program planning and development approaches, and gain an understanding of the importance of needs assessment, vision and goal setting, program design principles, evaluation design, budgeting, sustainability and resourcing.
You will acquire knowledge of current and emerging health issues in local and global contexts, get training in strategic communication and health advocacy, and graduate armed with the core competencies required to practise confidently in this field.
As a graduate, you will be qualified to take advantage of the career opportunities that exist world-wide in national and international health organisations, community organisations, human services agencies, government departments, and NGOs. Roles might include health promotion officer, policy officer, health and wellbeing officer, community development officer, health educator, as well as roles in youth services, aged and disability services and primary care.
To extend your knowledge and qualifications, you may choose to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Health Promotion.
When you graduate you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the International Union of Health Promotion and Education. Professional association membership means that your qualifications will be recognised by leading employers within the industry – enhancing your career opportunities.Read More
To complete the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion students must attain 8 credit points comprising 7 1-credit-point core units (these are compulsory) and 1 credit point elective unit.
The elective unit is selected from then list. Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion (H515) may be eligible for up to 4 credit points of credit for prior learning towards this course.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Plus one elective credit point
Elective unit options
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:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- 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.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
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:
- a Bachelor Degree in any discipline
- a Graduate Certificate in any discipline
- 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.
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
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 you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
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.
Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion, you will be qualified to take advantage of the career opportunities that exist world-wide in national and international health organisations; medium-sized businesses; multinational corporations; community organisations; human services agencies; local, state and federal government departments; statutory authorities; and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).
Graduates in this course should be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the International Union of Health Promotion and Education.
Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.
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 a critical and advanced knowledge in the area of health promotion that includes:
Communicate on health promotion issues in an effective and coherent manner and mindful of the target audience.
Articulate the various ways in which health promotion practice is influenced, such as, ethnicity and Indigenous status, age, gender, society, culture, geography, the environment and socio-economic status.
Demonstrate understanding of current technologies and digital literacies applicable to health promotion.
Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, and disseminate both technical and non-technical information.
Demonstrate critical thinking in evaluating solutions to health promotion problems.
Access and critically analyse information drawn from a variety of sources.
Critically reflect on the impact of inequalities and social disadvantage on the health of individuals and communities.
Apply theoretical constructs and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop innovative health promotion solutions with creativity.
Analyse and develop strategies to promote health. Assess the health status of communities and evaluate intervention processes and outcomes using appropriate analytical and research methods.
Apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of health promotion with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.
Reflect upon and critique skills developed and plan for their own future continuing professional development.
Apply teamwork, leadership and management skills and principles to work effectively in a team environment and with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Apply the highest ethical standards in the development, design, construction and management of health promotion programs and activities.
How to apply
Credit for prior learning
If you have completed previous postgraduate studies within the last ten years which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.