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

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.

  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

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 applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

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

Trimester 1

HSH707Health Promotion in a Global Context

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH746Biostatistics 1

HSN701Principles of Nutrition

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine

Trimester 2

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

HSH769Comparative Health Systems

HSN702Lifespan Nutrition

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN734Obesity Prevention

Trimester 3

Trimester 3 elective units are available - please seek advice from the Post graduate course advisor.