Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine

Cloud (online)^

Cloud (online)Yes

Students are likely to undertake the GCAHM on a part-time basis over Trimesters 1 and 2 with the option of concluding the research project in Trimester 3. One core unit will run in block mode – please refer to individual unit handbook entries for further details.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$10,520* - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Further information
Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

Deakin course code H522

^ The dominant mode of delivery is in Cloud (online) mode. Some attendance is required at Deakin campus, centre, affiliated industry or other physical site.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine aims to provide specialist knowledge and skills for those wishing to improve the social, physical and mental health of agricultural communities across Australia. The course aims to enable students to:

  • Develop a broader knowledge base regarding the underlying causes of poor health in agricultural communities.
  • Recognise risks and improve health, safety and well-being of Australian agricultural communities.
  • Improve understanding of the physical and mental health issues encountered by agricultural men, women and children.
  • Identify and acknowledge the environmental, economical and social influences that result in higher rates of morbidity and mortality in rural and remote Australia
  • Critically evaluate literature pertinent to the health of the agricultural workforce
  • Demonstrate higher level skills in rural health and safety scenarios
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of the occupational health and safety concerns of Agricultural workers
  • Consider the requirements of successful health policies, services and safety interventions in rural communities.
  • Understand the impact of poor health on agribusiness, agricultural production and sustainability.
  • Utilise online resources to investigate and address agricultural and rural health concerns

Professional recognition

The course is recognised by AgriSafe Australia and enables clinically trained graduates to become an AgriSafe practitioner.  The course is accredited to offer continuing education and professional development points through a number of professional colleges and associations, including the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Royal College of Nursing Australia, the Australian Association of Social Workers, the Australian Veterinary Association, and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is 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.

This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, 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 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Course rules

The Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine consists of 4 credit points, of which 2 credit points must be the core units HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine and HMF702 Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities. The course structure is highly flexible and permits students to commence their studies with either HMF701 in T1 or HMF702 in T2 and then to complete either a 2 credit point minor research project or alternatively undertake 2 credit points from the course-grouped electives in the coursework stream.

Students undertaking the coursework stream will have the flexibility to choose any combination of the 6 listed elective units or alternatively may choose unlisted 700-level units provided they are relevant to the field of Agricultural Health and Medicine and they have the written approval from the course director.

Course structure

Core units

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine

HMF702Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities

Coursework stream

2 credit points from:

Public Health electives

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

Health Promotion electives

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH704Health Communication

Nursing electives

HNN715Leadership and Management in Nursing

HNN746Nursing, Cultural Diversity and Politics of Health Care

Research stream

HSH731Minor Project A

HSH732Minor Project B

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

To be eligible for entry into the GCAHM, applicants must hold either an appropriate undergraduate qualification or demonstrate relevant professional experience.

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.