Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes

One year part-time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$12,000 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H517

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition provides a practically-oriented, postgraduate-level introduction to public health nutrition covering material from related disciplines such as epidemiology, politics and policy, nutrition promotion and communication to provide you with core competencies to tackle relevant public health and nutrition issues.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

The annual fee displayed for this course is based on 0.5 EFTSL.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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

The course consists of four credit points of study comprising one core unit: HSN727Unit description is currently unavailable - 2 credit points and two elective units. Where preclusions are granted, the elective units should be chosen from the list included in the course structure.

For students completing both a postgraduate human nutrition course (H511, H616 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.

Course structure

Core Unit

Trimester 1

HSN727Unit description is currently unavailable

Elective Units

Trimester 1

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

HSN719Population Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment

HSN734Obesity Prevention

Trimester 3

HSN715Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies (offered alternate years in 2016, 2018)

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.

Entry requirements - specific

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).

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.