Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion

Discounted online short course

The Australian Government is providing support for people to retrain or upskill during COVID-19. As part of this initiative, USC is offering the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion in Semester 2, 2020 at a significantly discounted rate allowing eligible domestic students to build skills and knowledge in an area of national priority. The indicative course fee for eligible students is $2,500 (Commonwealth supported place).

To be eligible for the discounted rate, you must commence study in Semester 2, 2020 and complete by no later than December 2020. You must be enrolled full-time (four courses) for the duration of the semester. Students whose study duration extends past December 2020 will be subject to full fee payment for any study after this date. Students who enrol in fewer than four courses in Semester 2, 2020 will also be subject to full fee payment.

Eligible students are able to defer payment through HECS‑HELP.

Step into a career in public health

The Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion is for those working in health, government, community or education sectors wanting to integrate health promotion, primary prevention or population approaches into their role or seeking a career change.

Study location
  • Online
USC program code
Semester 1, Semester 2
6 months full time (or part time equivalent)
Study mode
Blended Learning, Online
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.

Keeping populations healthy and well requires innovative responses to ensure a sustainable future and health care system. As complex social and environmental public health challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic emerge, there is a growing need for health professionals with health promotion expertise to plan, implement and evaluate appropriate responses.

You will develop health promotion knowledge and skills that you can apply in diverse sectors to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and whole populations. You will learn about the principles of health promotion and public health, and how to research, design, implement and evaluate evidence-based health promotion action in settings where people live, work and play, including communities, workplaces and schools.

Career opportunities:

Health promotion worker, project worker, social advocate, project manager, health education officer, community worker, community engagement officer in government, non-government, community organisations and private industry.

Admission requirements:

Completion of a recognised AQF Level 7 bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution. Non-graduates with extensive relevant industry experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education

Program structure

Required courses (2) 24 units

PUB600 Public Health Research and Evidence

Select 1 course (12 units) from:

PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB705 Health Promotion Assessment and Planning

(Depending on semester of commencement)

Elective courses (2) 24 units

Select 2 courses (24 units) from:

PUB703 Health Promotion Principles
PUB704 Health Promotion Settings and Advocacy
PUB706 Introduction to Behavioural Health
PUB707 Public Health Foundations

For students enrolled in Semester 2, 2020 as part of the Australian Government's COVID-19 online short course initiative: 

Complete the following 4 courses:

PUB600 Public Health Research and Evidence
PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB704 Health Promotion Settings and Advocacy
PUB707 Public Health Foundations

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 48

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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