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

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Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion

For those wanting to integrate health promotion, primary prevention or population approaches into their existing role or for those seeking a career change. Keeping populations healthy and well requires innovative responses to ensure a sustainable future and health care system. Be part of the solution when complex social and environmental public health challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic emerge.

In this program you will:

  • Develop health promotion knowledge and skills to apply in diverse sectors to promote health and wellbeing
  • Learn the principles underpinning health promotion and public health
  • Learn to research, design, implement and evaluate evidence-based health promotion action in various settings


Get qualified for $4,472*

*All eligible, domestic applicants will receive a guaranteed Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Reducing course fees by more than 60%.

Fees are indicative for 2023 and subject to yearly government adjustments.


Study at your own pace with support from UniSC.





6 months 6 months Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$4,472 / A$11,496 - 2024 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Career opportunities

  • Community engagement officer in government
  • Community organisations
  • Community worker
  • Health education officer
  • Health promotion worker
  • Non-government
  • Private industry
  • Project manager
  • Project worker
  • Social advocate


Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education
  • Public Health Association of Australia
Female health worker with elderly female

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Online
Total courses
Total units
6 months 6 months
UniSC program code
Program structure
Required courses (2) 24 units

PUB600 Public Health Research and Evidence

Plus select 1 course (12 units) from:

PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB705 Health Promotion Community Assessment and Planning
(Depending on semester of commencement)

Elective courses (2) 24 units

Select 2 courses (24 units) from:

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

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

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Additional entry information

Standard English language requirements apply.

Program requirements
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.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Master of Health Promotion - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$11,496 - 2024 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

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