Master of Health Promotion

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Health Promotion
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code069327G
Deakin course codeH749

Offered to continuing students only. Students commencing in 2015 onwards should refer to the H759 Master of Health Promotion course entry.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Preventing illness and promoting health are major aspects of the work of health agencies in all developed and developing countries. Deakin’s Master of Health Promotion is designed to enable students from varying backgrounds to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to develop appropriate and evidence-based health promotion programs. You will obtain a broad-based understanding of the determinants of health in populations and of the range of strategies that practitioners and organisations can implement to make a difference in creating healthier communities. The course addresses strategies that seek to help people take action about their own health, to strengthen community action and to create environments that are more supportive of health – policy environments, physical environments, social environments and economic environments.

The Master of Health Promotion provides you with the opportunity to extend your study of health promotion to undertake a major or minor project. These projects allow you to apply the knowledge and skills developed in the coursework component of the degree to a significant health issue by undertaking a comprehensive literature review, industry-linked project or a research project.

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and the International Union of Health Promotion and Education.


Note: 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.


The Master of Health Promotion is constructed to provide you with the opportunity to gain a second masters degree with only one additional trimester of full-time study. You may choose to combine the Master of Health Promotion with the Master of Health and Human Services Management or the Master of Public Health. Enrolment in a second masters degree is subject to application and selection. To take advantage of this opportunity, eligible students are advised to speak to the course director regarding how to structure their course to ensure the appropriate subjects are chosen early and allow this option to develop.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course rules

This course comprises 12 credit points. All students must complete the seven core units.
The additional five credit points are made up as follows:

A minor project - HSH731/732 Minor Project (2 credit points) - PLUS three units (3 credit points) that complement health promotion practice.


A major project - HSH733/734 Major Project (4 credit points) - PLUS one unit (1 credit point) from the list of electives linked below.
Note: To undertake a major project, students are required to have a WAM of 70 or above and subject to Course Leader's approval.

Course structure

Core units

First Trimester of study

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH704Health Communication

Plus one elective credit point

Second Trimester of study

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

Third Trimester of study

Option A

HSH731Minor Project A

HSH732Minor Project B

Units may be taken concurrently (full time study) or sequentially (part time study)

Plus two elective credit points


Option B

HSH733Major Project A

HSH734Major Project B

(Note: To undertake a major project, students are required to have a WAM of 70 or above and subject to Course Leader's approval.)


Elective unit options

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH707Unit description is currently unavailable

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment

HSH712Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs

HSH715Qualitative Health Research

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH724Healthy Cities and Urban Communities

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation

HSH740People, Health and Planning

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH746Biostatistics 1

HSH747Biostatistics 2

HSH760International Perspectives in Health and Social Development (requires application and interview)

HSH769Comparative Health Systems

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine

HSN701Principles of Nutrition

HSN702Lifespan Nutrition

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN724Unit description is currently unavailable

MPK704Sustainable Environmental Marketing