Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code018317J
Deakin course codeH615

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Indicative student workload

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.

Professional recognition

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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion (H515)

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

Course rules

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 the health promotion and community development career pathway elective options listed below or from elsewhere in the University, subject to the approval of your course director.  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.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH704Health Communication

Plus one elective credit point

Trimester 2

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

Elective units

Trimester 1

HSH707Health Promotion in a Global Context

HSH717Health Economics 1

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine

Trimester 2

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

Trimester 3

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation