Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code018317J
Deakin course codeH615

Course is under review in 2015 and may be subject to change

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Increasingly, people in a wide range of professions are being asked to incorporate health promotion activities within their workplace. The Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion is designed to enable students from varying backgrounds to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for developing appropriate approaches to evidence-based health promotion practice. It addresses strategies that seek to help people take action regarding their own health and wellbeing, to strengthen community action and to create physical, social and economic environments that are more supportive of health-policy.

Throughout the course you will acquire knowledge of current and emerging health issues in local and global contexts and be equipped with the core competencies that will enable you to practise confidently in this field.

You will develop a foundation of knowledge of health promotion principles and values, as well as skills pertinent to health education and communication endeavours, strategies to address health inequities and to promote the health of marginalized and disadvantaged groups; and the practical skills required to undertake needs assessments, program planning and evaluation. You will also develop an understanding of the complex challenges associated with policy development and decision-making, and skills for identifying and critically reviewing relevant research for health practice.

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Health Promotion are a suite of postgraduate programs. As such, students completing the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma can elect to move (articulate) into a higher award.

Graduate Certificate (H515) students can articulate into the Graduate Diploma (H615) or Master of Health Promotion (H759) whilst Graduate Diploma (H615) students can articulate into the Master of Health Promotion (H759).

Students who wish to articulate to a higher award should discuss their request with a student adviser during the final trimester of study for their current course.

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.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$22,760$28,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The course comprises eight credit points of study including seven 1-credit-point core units, plus one 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 the course director.  Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate (H515) may be eligible for up to 4 credit points of credit for prior learning towards the Graduate Diploma.

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 unit - options

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