IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
1 year part-time
Current Deakin Students
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Get ready to transform your existing skills to remedy the world’s most pressing health issues. Offered wholly online, the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health prepares you to work effectively in some of the world’s most crisis-prone countries.
Want to diversify your employment options and pursue a truly meaningful career at the same time?
Those in the humanitarian sector are confronted with a more complex and diverse landscape than ever before. Deakin’s Graduate of Humanitarian Health focuses on educating and upskilling health professionals to prepare for deployment in increasingly multifaceted conflict and natural disaster zones.
It’s critical that response teams have the right skills and training for immediate action in regions that may already be struggling with poor health services, political and socioeconomic constraints. This course will strengthen your public and clinical health knowledge to ensure you’re well-equipped to manage the unique issues that arise in these complex environments.
Learn about the history of the sector, its underlying principles and values, and complex ethical issues in practice. You’ll explore the humanitarian programme cycle and clinical health issues relating to vulnerable groups in crises. You’ll expand your knowledge and skills essential for delivering safe, effective humanitarian health programs.
You’ll also have access to experts, leaders, thinkers and researchers from within the humanitarian and NGO sector, as well as staff from the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL) – a partnership between Deakin and Save the Children Australia.
The research-led curriculum will enable you to consider the realities of applying your technical skills in complex humanitarian environments while facing additional challenges such as resource limitations, cross-cultural conflict and health issues not usually seen in developed contexts.Read More
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study as listed below and
Complete 2 units in:
Plus Complete 2 units selected from the following
2020 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
- At least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student’s prior qualifications and professional experience.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Why choose Deakin
As a graduate you’ll be well-equipped for a range of diverse roles across health service delivery, health program planning and management, training and capacity building, health monitoring, evaluation and education.
Your newly honed skills and knowledge will make you a highly sought-after candidate for employment in:
- local and international NGOs
- rural and remote health care
- UN agencies
- private-sector organisations
- migrant and asylum seeker health services
- relevant government bodies related to humanitarian and emergency health response.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Demonstrate specialised knowledge of the historical and current context and issues of the humanitarian sector and relate this knowledge to emergent public health issues in humanitarian crises.
Apply advanced communication skills to analyse, plan implement and evaluate interventions that address identified health needs in complex humanitarian crises to a range of stakeholders in the sector.
Select relevant digital technologies to research, critically analyse, evaluate and communicate current research, evidence based practice and other information to diverse audiences regarding health issues in humanitarian crises.
Critically analyse and interpret contextual information relating to health needs to plan, prioritise and evaluate health programs in complex humanitarian crises.
Critically analyse available information on a range of complex health needs to generate solutions to prevent disease and injury and protect health whilst considering context constraints and stakeholders needs in humanitarian crises.
Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability through continued commitment to learning, reflective practice and professional development to lifelong learning in humanitarian health.
Collaborate with diverse team members to effectively plan, implement and manage health programs as part of a multisectoral response to humanitarian crises.
Evidence cultural competence in planning and developing equitable access to health services and interventions in multisectoral humanitarian contexts.
Approved by Faculty Board February 2018