Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$22,760 - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

CRICOS course code018317J
Deakin course code H615

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Increasingly, people in a wide range of professions are being asked to incorporate health promotion activities within their workplace. The Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion is designed to enable students from varying backgrounds to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for developing appropriate approaches to evidence-based health promotion practice. It addresses strategies that seek to help people take action regarding their own health and wellbeing, to strengthen community action and to create physical, social and economic environments that are more supportive of health-policy.

Throughout the course you will acquire knowledge of current and emerging health issues in local and global contexts and be equipped with the core competencies that will enable you to practise confidently in this field.

You will develop a foundation of knowledge of health promotion principles and values, as well as skills pertinent to health education and communication endeavours, strategies to address health inequities and to promote the health of marginalized and disadvantaged groups; and the practical skills required to undertake needs assessments, program planning and evaluation. You will also develop an understanding of the complex challenges associated with policy development and decision-making, and skills for identifying and critically reviewing relevant research for health practice.

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Health Promotion are a suite of postgraduate programs. As such, students completing the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma can elect to move (articulate) into a higher award.

Graduate Certificate (H515) students can articulate into the Graduate Diploma (H615) or Master of Health Promotion (H759) whilst Graduate Diploma (H615) students can articulate into the Master of Health Promotion (H759).

Students who wish to articulate to a higher award should discuss their request with a student adviser during the final trimester of study for their current course.

Professional recognition

Graduates in this course should be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the International Union of Health Promotion and Education.
Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

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 enquire@deakin.edu 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

Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion, you will be qualified to take advantage of the career opportunities that exist world-wide in national and international health organisations; medium-sized businesses; multinational corporations; community organisations; human services agencies; local, state and federal government departments; statutory authorities; and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion, you will be qualified to take advantage of the career opportunities that exist world-wide in national and international health organisations; medium-sized businesses; multinational corporations; community organisations; human services agencies; local, state and federal government departments; statutory authorities; and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

Course rules

The course comprises eight credit points of study including seven 1-credit-point core units, plus one credit point elective unit. The elective unit is selected from the health promotion and community development career pathway elective options listed below or from elsewhere in the University, subject to the approval of the course director.  Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate (H515) may be eligible for up to 4 credit points of credit for prior learning towards the Graduate Diploma.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH704Health Communication

Plus one elective credit point

Trimester 2

HSH705Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights

HSH745Health Program Evaluation

Elective unit - options

Trimester 1

HSH707Health Promotion in a Global Context

HSH717Health Economics 1

HMF701Agricultural Health and Medicine

Trimester 2

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

Trimester 3

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation

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

The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree.  Applicants must provide a written statement outlining reasons for undertaking the course and demonstrated involvement in professional activities related to public health and/or health industry experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior postgraduate study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. In this course, students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. Please note that postgraduate unit credits will not be given based on completion of undergraduate units or if the postgraduate studies were completed over 10 years from when you apply into this course.

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.

To apply into the course, an applicant must submit the following information:

  1. Course application via the Applicant Portal
  2. Statement of purpose which demonstrates your motivation and commitment to study, knowledge of the course, desire to pursue a career in a related field, any relevant work experience not already covered in your employment history including voluntary work, and other relevant life experience.
  3. A copy of your current resume
  4. Certified copies of undergraduate/post tertiary qualification studies

Please refer to the Health and Health Promotion applications section of the Additional documentation webpage and download appropriate forms for your course.