Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion

Postgraduate coursework

Extend your professional knowledge of health principles and develop your analytical skills to improve health and wellbeing through prevention.

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Key facts


1 year full-time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion trains you in the analytical, strategic and communication skills needed to improve health and wellbeing through practical action. Gain a deeper understanding of the causes of health issues, then learn how to develop initiatives that address these challenges at a grassroots level.

Want to work in an area of health that drives positive change through prevention?

Health promotion can keep half a million Australians out of hospital every year by preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, stroke and depression. With a Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion, you can be a key player in this incredibly important field that looks to educate and influence behaviour long before health issues appear.

The course explores evidence-based health promotion strategies that improve the health of individuals, families, communities and countries. These are strategies that empower people to improve their health, strengthen community action and create environments that are more supportive of good health. Importantly, the strategies you will be implementing address health issues at a grassroots level, significantly reducing the cost and burden of disease through prevention.

Get hands-on practice developing these initiatives from start to finish, all while gaining a deep understanding of the social, environmental, political and economic conditions that impact health. Whether you see yourself working on community outreach campaigns that encourage healthy eating, or coordinating stress management programs for schools and workplaces, you will have the skills and experience to thrive.

Some of the course’s core study areas include:

  • health communication
  • evidence-based health program planning
  • health program evaluation
  • health equity and human rights
  • contemporary health issues and policies
  • health research.

You can also customise your degree with an elective unit that matches your interests. Choose from topics such as epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition and obesity prevention to create a unique degree that takes your career further.

Our academics are renowned for their contributions to social justice, equity and the promotion of community wellbeing. The insights gathered from their work and research feeds back into the course, ensuring content is fresh, authentic and relevant to the needs of the sector. There are also opportunities for students to join academics and their colleagues on projects that address current health issues of global importance. We have academics playing an active role in many renowned healthcare organisations and institutes, so you will have access to the perfect mentor no matter your interests and career aspirations.

The course is a pathway to the Master of Health Promotion and includes eight units from the masters program. If you are interested in building more industry experience, you might like to articulate into the masters degree upon successful completion of the graduate diploma.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
018317J Burwood (Melbourne)
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion students must attain 8 credit points comprising seven 1-credit-point core units (these are compulsory) and one credit point elective unit.

The elective unit is selected from the list below. Students successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion (H515) may be eligible for up to 4 credit points of Recognition of prior learning towards this course.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.


Compulsory units


Elective units



Core units

Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Communication
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Plus one elective credit point

    Trimester 2

  • Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning
  • Research Literacy
  • Health Equity and Human Rights
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Elective unit options

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs
  • Health Economics 1
  • Economic Evaluation 1
  • Community Consultation and Participation
  • Epidemiology 1
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Biostatistics 2
  • International Perspectives in Health and Social Development (requires application and interview)
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Agricultural Health and Medicine
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Policy and Practice for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Sustainable Environmental Marketing
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2024 onwards.
    Students who commenced prior to 2024 should refer to
    previous online Handbooks or consult a Student Adviser at Student Central.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, 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.

    Work experience

    Students will undertake work integrated assessment tasks in several core and elective units.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • two years' of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

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    Online studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as online study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous postgraduate studies within the last ten years which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.

    Your Recognition of prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course in the same year they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning.  One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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 tuition fees.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion can articulate into a higher award, the Master of Health Promotion (H759)

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion (H515)


    Career outcomes

    Health sector is Australia’s largest and fastest-growing sector. On top of that, modern health challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, obesity, diabetes, mental health and an ageing population have increased the demand for skilled health promotion practitioners who are able to address health issues through prevention.

    With a Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion you can take advantage of this demand. Health promotion practitioners are employed locally and globally in all levels of government, a variety of health services, schools, private business and non-government and community organisations, such as the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation and The Cancer Council. Some of the areas you could be working in include:

    • community development
    • social planning and activities
    • health education
    • program development and evaluation
    • youth services
    • aged and disability services
    • policy development.

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

    Note: information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the time 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. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.