Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine
  • Cloud (online)
Cloud CampusYes

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)

Some attendance is required at the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin centre, affiliated industry or other physical site

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Improve the social, physical and mental health of agricultural communities across Australia with our Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine.

This course aims to allow students an insight into the physical and mental health issues encountered by people within the agricultural industry. You will explore what influences higher rates of morbidity and mortality in rural and remote Australia, and what influences successful health policies and safety intervention programs?

By understanding these issues, along with learning the impact of poor health on agribusiness, agricultural production and sustainability, you will be placed to make a significant difference in Australia’s agricultural communities.

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

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

The Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine (GCAHM) opens a variety of exciting career paths by providing students with a strong foundation in agricultural health, safety, wellbeing and sustainability.  After successful completion of this course you will have the academic, practical and research skills to work in a range of career paths spanning health service provision, rural research, health management, health promotion, agricultural productivity, sustainability and rural policy. The GCAHM provides an important opportunity to those who are currently, or plan to be, rural and remote professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, health, health management, rural policy, WH&S and agriculture.

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine students must attain 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 you to commence your studies with either HMF701 in Trimester 1 or HMF702 in Trimester 2 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.

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

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

Credit for prior learning - general

Credit for prior learning may be granted for up to two credit points. Students must submit a completed Credit for Prior Learning application form and contact the course director.

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 8-10 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. You will also be expected to attend the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin centre, affiliated industry or other physical site - see individual unit descriptions for full details.