Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||1 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$21,290* - Full-fee paying place|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|CRICOS course code||018317J|
|Deakin course code||H615|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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 (H749) whilst Graduate Diploma (H615) students can articulate into the Master of Health Promotion (H749).
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.
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
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 deakin.edu.au/fees.
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.
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).
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.
|HSH702||Contemporary Health Issues and Policies|
Plus one elective credit point
|HSH705||Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning|
|HSH725||Research Literacy for Health Practice|
|HSH728||Health Equity and Human Rights|
|HSH745||Health Program Evaluation|
Elective unit - options
|HSH707||Social and Cultural Influences On Population Health (B)|
|HSH717||Health Economics 1|
|HMF701||Agricultural Health and Medicine|
|HSH701||Principles and Practice of Public Health|
|HSH709||Health and Social Impact Assessment|
|HSH724||"Glocal" Action for Healthy Cities and Communities|
|HSH736||Community 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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants for the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion courses should have an approved tertiary qualification and be involved in a health related field for a minimum of two years (eg. health promotion, nursing, allied health, education, business) or engaged in relevant work experience activities for a minimum of two years. Applicants must also submit a written statement outlining reasons for undertaking the course. Applicants without a tertiary qualification who can demonstrate that they have gained sufficient knowledge and skills through work-related training may also be considered. A phone interview may be undertaken for consideration into the course.
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:
- Course application via the Applicant Portal
- 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.
- A copy of your current resume
- 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.