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

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Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion

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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
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
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.


USC is offering a limited number of Commonwealth supported places in the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion in 2022. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be a domestic student, and meet the citizenship and residency requirements. For more information visit Commonwealth supported places. Eligible students are able to defer payment through HECS‑HELP.

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

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC. Commonwealth supported places will be allocated to eligible students who meet the entry requirements in order of application date, so apply as soon as possible.

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 Health Promotion Settings and Advocacy
PUB706 Introduction to Behavioural Health
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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