Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes

Students commencing in Trimester 1: 1 year part time

Students commencing in Trimester 2: 1.5 years part time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$12,480 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H517

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn about a population approach to promoting health and preventing diet related disease.

You will develop an understanding of a systems approach to dealing with diet-related disease, including over and under nutrition; the social and political elements of food policy; and food security and environmental sustainability.

By studying disciplines such as politics and policy as well as public health and nutrition promotion, this practically-oriented course will give you the core skills to tackle important public health and nutrition issues.

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

A career in public health nutrition addresses factors affecting the protection and promotion of public health and nutritional health today, and into the future. As a graduate you may deal with the epidemic of diet-related disease, including obesity; socio-economic considerations such as rising food prices and food security; and environmental sustainability in relation to the food system.

Course rules

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

For students completing both a postgraduate human nutrition course (H511 or H714) and the Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition (H517), a maximum of 2 credit points of credit for prior learning can be shared between both awards.

Core units

Course structure applies to students commencing in 2016 onwards. Students who commenced before 2016 should consult your course enrolment officer on email

Trimester 1

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN714Advanced Public Health Nutrition


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.

Dietitians eligible for membership of the Dietitians’ Association of Australia or graduates who have an approved Bachelor’s degree with major studies in nutrition or graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (H511) from Deakin. Graduates who do not satisfy these requirements will first need to complete the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (H511).


This course can be a pathway to:

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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 a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.