Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year part time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$12,480 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H515

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Encourage people to take control of their health and improve their wellbeing.

More and more workplaces are incorporating health promotion activities into their cultures. With our Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion, you will learn about current and emerging health issues in local and global contexts.

Armed with health education knowledge and principles, you will inspire others to adopt healthier lifestyles.

You will also study the practical skills required in health promotion practice, such as undertaking needs assessments, program planning and evaluation.

The Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion is incredibly useful for those looking to enter the health sector, as well as those already working in the sector who’d like to pursue management roles.

Students completing this course can also move into a higher award, such as the Graduate Diploma (H615) or Master of Health (H759).

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

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. 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 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

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.

Career opportunities

Following successful completion of the Graduate Certificate 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).

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion students must attain 4 credit points. All four 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory).

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH704Health Communication

Trimester 2

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

Entry requirements - general

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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree.  Applicants must provide a written statement outlining reasons for undertaking the course. Involvement in professional activities related to health promotion and/or health industry experience would be advantageous.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior postgraduate study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. In this course students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or a minimum of one credit point. Please note that postgraduate unit credits will not be given based on completion of undergraduate units or if the postgraduate studies were completed over 10 years from when you apply into this course.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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.