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Master of Health Promotion

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2014$20,640* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code069327G
Deakin course code H749

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Preventing illness and promoting health are major aspects of the work of health agencies in all developed and developing countries. Deakin’s Master of Health Promotion is designed to enable students from varying backgrounds to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to develop appropriate and evidence-based health promotion programs. You will obtain a broad-based understanding of the determinants of health in populations and of the range of strategies that practitioners and organisations can implement to make a difference in creating healthier communities. The course addresses strategies that seek to help people take action about their own health, to strengthen community action and to create environments that are more supportive of health – policy environments, physical environments, social environments and economic environments.

The Master of Health Promotion provides you with the opportunity to extend your study of health promotion to undertake a major or minor project. These projects allow you to apply the knowledge and skills developed in the coursework component of the degree to a significant health issue by undertaking a comprehensive literature review, industry-linked project or a research project.

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the International Union of Health Promotion and Education.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

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 http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/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 2014, 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 2014 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.

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).

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Course rules

This course comprises 12 credit points. All students must complete the seven core units.
The additional five credit points are made up as follows:


A minor project - HSH731/732 Minor Project (2 credit points) - PLUS three units (3 credit points) that complement health promotion practice.




A major project - HSH733/734 Major Project (4 credit points) - PLUS one unit (1 credit point) from the list of electives linked below.
Note: To undertake a major project, students are required to have a WAM of 70 or above and subject to Course Leader's approval.

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Course structure

Core units

First Trimester of study

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

HSH703 Health Promotion  

HSH704 Health Communication  

Plus one elective credit point


Second Trimester of study

HSH705 Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning  

HSH725 Research Literacy for Health Practice  

HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights  

HSH745 Health Program Evaluation  


Third Trimester of study

Option A

HSH731 Minor Project A  

HSH732 Minor Project B  

Units may be taken concurrently (full time study) or sequentially (part time study)

Plus two elective credit points




Option B

HSH733 Major Project A  

HSH734 Major Project B  

(Note: To undertake a major project, students are required to have a WAM of 70 or above and subject to Course Leader's approval.)


Elective unit options


Trimester 1

HSH707 Social and Cultural Influences On Population Health  

HSH717 Health Economics 1  

HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine  


Trimester 2

HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH709 Health and Social Impact Assessment  

HSH724 "Glocal" Action for Healthy Cities and Communities  


Trimester 3

HSH736 Community Consultation and Participation  

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The Master of Health Promotion is constructed to provide you with the opportunity to gain a second masters degree with only one additional trimester of full-time study. You may choose to combine the Master of Health Promotion with the Master of Health and Human Services Management or the Master of Public Health. Enrolment in a second masters degree is subject to application and selection. To take advantage of this opportunity, eligible students are advised to speak to the course director regarding how to structure their course to ensure the appropriate subjects are chosen early and allow this option to develop.

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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.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants for the Master of Health Promotion course 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 maybe undertaken for consideration into the course.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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