Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine

Course summary for local students

Year2016 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 elective units 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)
November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$12,000 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

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

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H522

^ The dominant mode of delivery is in Cloud (online) mode. Some attendance is required at at the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin 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 wellbeing 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 work 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

This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students to be recognised as an AgriSafeTM practitioner is subject to meeting the requirements of AgriSafeTM . Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

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.

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.