Improve how we work, live and play.
Good health begins in our everyday lives; in how we work, live and play. As the range of public health concerns attributed to lifestyle and environment grows, so does the need for dedicated health professionals to address these issues.
With a Master of Health Promotion, you have the opportunity to make a broad impact on public health through programs, strategy, policy and education. The program prepares you for careers that allow you to make contributions towards safe, stimulating and enjoyable working and living conditions for all.
This program is one of few masters’ programs in Australia to focus exclusively on the field of Health Promotion. You will learn from leading academics, be involved in research, and study in an environment that replicates workplace scenarios. You will study the foundations and principles of public health; how to assess health needs, how to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion programs; settings for health promotion; epidemiology; research methods and more.
For added flexibility, there is an option to exit this program with a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion after completing eight courses (96 units).
Flexible study: on campus, online, or both
The program is offered at USC SouthBank campus in Brisbane, online, or a combination of both. For international students who study in Australia on a Student Visa, limits apply to how many online courses they can take – please refer to Program notes.
The fully online mode is available for domestic students and for international students who are not in Australia (for example international students who wish to study from their home country). For the courses in the Master of Health Promotion that are offered online, students have access to course coordinators and staff for enquiries and consultations.
Entry to the Master of Health Promotion program requires a Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7), or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution. If you have a Bachelor degree in the same discipline you may be eligible to receive credit of up to 48 units (4 courses). Non-graduates with extensive relevant industry experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association, the Public Health Association of Australia, and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education.
As a graduate, you can pursue a career in health promotion as a practitioner, researcher, academic, consultant, policy officer, social advocate, project worker, project manager or educator in international, national, state and local level government and non-government organisations, community organisations, professional associations, private industry, or tertiary institutions.
Application and admission advice
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.
Required courses (12)
NUR721 Research in Health Care *
PUB701 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB703 Health Promotion Principles
PUB704 Health Promotion Settings
PUB705 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning
PUB706 Introduction to Behavioural Health
PUB707 Public Health Foundations
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods
PUB710 Health Research Project B
PUB725 Health Research Project A
SCS701 Engaging Effectively with Aboriginal People
* Currently offered via online mode only
Workplace learning course (1)
Select 1 of the following (12 unit) courses from:
PUB715 Health Promotion Professional Learning I (Virtual) (available for on-campus students only)
PUB716 Health Promotion Professional Learning II (online students)
Elective courses (3)
(**on-campus students are required to have completed PUB715 Health Promotion Professional Learning I (Virtual) prior to enrolling in this course)
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 192
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
- Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
- Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa
- International students on a Student visa please note:
- Currently NUR721 is ONLY offered via online mode. You may enrol in a maximum of 4 online courses during your program and must be enrolled in at least 1 on-campus course each semester
- As the mode of course offerings is subject to change each semester, we strongly recommend you complete on-campus elective courses
- Some courses in this program require project work and/or independent study and therefore have limited on-campus contact. Please refer to individual course outlines.
- Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.