Master of Health Promotion

Postgraduate coursework

Gain the skills and platform to contribute to social change for improved health outcomes. Graduate ready to lead the way in health promotion.

Key facts


The time and cost can be reduced based on your previous qualifications and professional experience. This means you can fast track the masters degree from 2 years down to 1.5 years duration. See entry requirements below for more information.

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Course overview

The Master of Health Promotion gives you the skills and platform to create healthy social and ecological environments for whole populations. You will develop skills and knowledge in health program planning, evidence-based strategies, policy, advocacy and research to prevent, minimise and respond early to health issues and their underlying causes.

Want an internationally recognised qualification that opens the door to a career that builds strong and just communities?

Health promotion contributes to social change for improved health outcomes, especially for marginalised and disadvantaged communities. Preventative action saves health dollars as well as promoting wellbeing. With a Master of Health Promotion, you can be a key player in creating social and environmentally just and equitable communities. You’ll graduate with a valuable set of analytical, creative, advocacy, planning and communication skills that prepare you to lead the way in health promotion, locally and globally. Plus, the course’s practical learning opportunities ensure you’re ready for both the current and emerging health challenges of the 21st century.

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 take control of their own health and advocate for just and equitable policies, strengthen community action and create environments that are more supportive of good health. Get hands-on practice developing these initiatives from start to finish, while gaining a deep understanding of the social, environmental, political and economic conditions that impact health. Whether you see yourself working on the prevention of violence against women, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, or promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing for youth, you will have the skills and experience to not only manage, but 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 customise your degree to your interests by choosing from a broad range of elective units. Choose from topics such as, nutrition, global health policy, environmental protection and obesity prevention to create a unique degree that takes your career further. The course also gives you the option of undertaking a major or minor project. These projects allow you to apply the knowledge and skills developed in the course to a contemporary health issue through either a critical a literature review, industry-linked project, policy proposal/review or an applied research project.

A strong focus of the course is professional development through practical experience. In particular, the course’s new work-integrated learning elective allows you to undertake 150 hours of valuable industry experience. This can be an agency-based work placement with one of our many industry partners, or agency-sponsored work based at the Deakin Freelancing Hub. These projects give you the chance to develop and apply your new skills in real-world contexts. They also allow you to work alongside leading health promotion practitioners and build professional networks that unlock new career pathways.

Our academics are renowned for their contributions to social and environmental justice, equity and the promotion of community wellbeing. Their project work and research feed into the course, ensuring content is authentic, relevant and responsive to the needs of an evolving 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 embedded in many renowned healthcare organisations, institutes and health and environmental settings across many different roles, so you will have access to the perfect mentor no matter your interests and career aspirations.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Health Promotion

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
069327G Burwood (Melbourne)
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

To complete the Master of Health Promotion students must attain 16 credit points.

The Master of Health Promotion is typically 8, 12 or 16 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money.

The course comprises 8 core units (these are compulsory) and 8 elective units (which must include a minor or major project).

The majority of core and elective units will be offered in online and campus mode. Some units may also be offered in block mode.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete

  • Academic Integrity Module 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.

    Core units

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Communication
  • Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning
  • Research Literacy
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Health Equity and Human Rights
  • Projects and Specialisation

    Students must complete a minor or major project option:

    Minor Project option

  • Minor Project A (1 credit point)
  • Minor Project B (1 credit point)
  • Plus 6 electives from the Elective Unit Options table below

    Major Project option

  • Major Project A (2 credit points)
  • Major Project B (2 credit points)
  • Plus 4 electives from the Elective Unit Options table below

    Mind, Society and Substance specialisation (SP-H759001)

    Available to student commencing in 2024 onwards

    This specialisation is optional. These units are available as elective unit options in the table below or can be combined to complete this specialisation.

  • Developmental Psychology (Child and Adolescent)
  • Introduction to Psychology: Human Behaviour
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs
  • Plus 1 unit from

  • Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology: Individual and Social Development
  • Any student wishing to do both a Minor and a Major project, may do so with the permission of the course director, and will therefore only be required to complete 2 elective units from the elective unit options list below.

    Other electives outside the list below may be approved on an individual basis. Course Director approval is required.


    Other electives outside the list below may be approved on an individual basis. Course Director approval is required.

  • Developmental Psychology (Child and Adolescent)
  • Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology: Human Behaviour
  • Introduction to Psychology: Individual and Social Development
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs
  • Community Consultation and Participation
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • International Perspectives in Health and Social Development
  • Health Technology Assessment 1
  • Resource Allocation and Priority Setting
  • Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course
  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion
  • Inclusive Design and Technology
  • Agricultural Health and Medicine
  • Economics for Managers
  • Emerging Issues in International Operations
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Policy and Practice for Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Nutrition Promotion
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Systems Thinking in Public Health Nutrition
  • Obesity Prevention
  • International Nutrition
  • The Humanitarian World
  • Program Design
  • Management of Humanitarian Health Programs
  • Humanitarian Knowledge and Principles
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Led Recovery
  • 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

    Trimester 2 - July

    Course structure applies to all students

    Mind, Society and Substance specialisation available to students that commence in 2024 onwards.

    Additional course information

    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 National Police Record Check, a Working with Children Check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.


    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 online 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. All students also undertake a capstone minor or major project.

    Other learning experiences

    Internships are also available to students with WAM 70 and above.

    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.

    Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, you may commence this course with admission credit and complete your course in 1.5 years full-time (2 years part-time).

    Academic requirements

    1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 12 credit points

    To be considered for admission to this degree (with 4 credit points of admission credit applied*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline, and at least two years' of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 16 credit points

    To be considered for admission to this degree (without admission credit applied*) you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline

    *Credit for recognition of prior learning will still be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more below.

    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

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    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning. 

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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    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.

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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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    Entry pathways

    If you have a bachelor in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points).  If you have a bachelor in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points).  If you have a Bachelor (Honours) in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points).  If you have a Graduate Diploma in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a Masters degree in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 10 credit points (units), which means you need to complete less than 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

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    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Health Promotion.


    Career outcomes

    The health sector is Australia’s largest and fastest-growing. Contemporary health challenges such as obesity, mental health, climate change and an ageing population have increased the demand for skilled health promotion practitioners able to address the underlying social and ecological determinants of ill health and lead in the promotion of wellbeing.

    With a Master of Health Promotion you can take advantage of this demand. Health promotion practitioners are employed locally and globally in all levels of government, health services, the education sector, private business and non-government, not-for-profit and community organisations. This also includes national and state-wide peak authorities such as VicHealth, the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation, Gender Equity Victoria 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
    • advocacy
    • policy development
    • youth services
    • aged and disability services
    • women’s health
    • migrant, refugee and asylum seeker services

    Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Graduates can register with IUHPE as a registered Health Promotion Practitioner, securing you global and Australian recognition. Deakin is the first and only Victorian University to hold this accreditation.

    Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA). All Master of Health Promotion students also have option of obtaining free membership to AHPA for the duration of their studies.

    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.

    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
    • the action areas for health promotion
    • the determinants of health (biological, behavioural and socio-environmental)
    • the biomedical, 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
    • awareness of how health promotion practice is influenced, such as, ethnicity and Indigenous status, age, gender, society, culture, geography, the environment and socio-economic status.


    Communicate on health promotion issues in an effective and coherent manner, attentive to the needs of the target audience.

    Develop effective communication skills relevant for the professional health sector.

    Digital literacy

    Demonstrate mastery in current technologies to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, and disseminate technical and non-technical information applicable to health promotion.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate critical thinking to evaluate, using appropriate analytical and research methods, health promotion problems and solutions for individuals and communities.

    Problem solving

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


    Apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to adapt to new situations in professional practice and/or plan for further learning in the field of health promotion.


    Work effectively within health promotion and multi-disciplinary teams with others from a range of backgrounds

    Global citizenship

    Apply the highest ethical standards in the development, design, construction and management of health promotion programs for Australia or elsewhere.