Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$23,672 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

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

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
CRICOS course code018317J
Deakin course code H615

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn how to engage individuals and communities locally and globally with the care of their health and wellbeing. Study health promotion at Deakin and you will be armed with the skills needed to work in this rapidly-growing area of the health sector.

Increasingly, health promotion activities are being incorporated into workplaces and communities around the world. The Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion is designed to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to develop professional approaches to evidence-based health promotion practice, so that you can apply your expertise to a range of settings.

Deakin's postgraduate degrees in health promotion are suited to those wanting a career in the health sector, as well as those already working in health wishing to upgrade their knowledge and qualifications to pursue management roles.

The course will give you an understanding of health promotion concepts and approaches as they relate to contemporary health issues in Australia and internationally. You will learn program planning and development approaches, and gain an understanding of the importance of needs assessment, vision and goal setting, program design principles, evaluation design, budgeting, sustainability and resourcing.

You will acquire knowledge of current and emerging health issues in local and global contexts, get training in strategic communication and health advocacy, and graduate armed with the core competencies required to practise confidently in this field.

As a graduate, you will be qualified to take advantage of the career opportunities that exist world-wide in national and international health organisations, community organisations, human services agencies, government departments, and NGOs. Roles might include health promotion officer, policy officer, health and wellbeing officer, community development officer, health educator, as well as roles in youth services, aged and disability services and primary care.

To extend your knowledge and qualifications, you may choose to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Health Promotion.

When you graduate you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the International Union of Health Promotion and Education. Professional association membership means that your qualifications will be recognised by leading employers within the industry – enhancing your career opportunities.

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

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 the first year of this course. 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 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

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

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 Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply a critical and advanced knowledge in the area of health promotion that includes:

  • theories of behaviour change, inequalities and inequities in health including the concept of the social gradient and relevance to practice, the action areas for health promotion, as well as the determinants of health.
  • the behavioural and socio-environmental models of health and their relevance to health promotion practice in general and needs assessment in particular.
  • stages of program planning, implementation, evaluation and sustainability.

Communication

Communicate on health promotion issues in an effective and coherent manner and mindful of the target audience.

Articulate the various ways in which health promotion practice is influenced, such as, ethnicity and Indigenous status, age, gender, society, culture, geography, the environment and socio-economic status.

Digital Literacy

Demonstrate understanding of current technologies and digital literacies applicable to health promotion.

Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, and disseminate both technical and non-technical information.

Critical thinking

Demonstrate critical thinking in evaluating solutions to health promotion problems.

Access and critically analyse information drawn from a variety of sources.

Critically reflect on the impact of inequalities and social disadvantage on the health of individuals and communities.

Problem Solving

Apply theoretical constructs and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop innovative health promotion solutions with creativity.

Analyse and develop strategies to promote health. Assess the health status of communities and evaluate intervention processes and outcomes using appropriate analytical and research methods.

Self-management

Apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of health promotion with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.

Reflect upon and critique skills developed and plan for their own future continuing professional development.

Teamwork

Apply teamwork, leadership and management skills and principles to work effectively in a team environment and with others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Global Citizenship

Apply the highest ethical standards in the development, design, construction and management of health promotion programs and activities.

 

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion students must attain 8 credit points comprising 7 1-credit-point core units (these are compulsory) and 1 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 your course director.  Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion (H515) may be eligible for up to 4 credit points of credit for prior learning towards this course.

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 units

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.

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

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 and how to apply for credit.

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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion (H515)

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.