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

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Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion

Create happier, healthier communities

Based on a socio-ecological model of health, the Health Promotion suite explores contemporary health promotion at individual, group, organisation, community and population levels. Core study concepts include foundations, values and principles of health promotion; the assessment of health needs; and the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs in a range of settings.

Please note: No direct entry. This program is only available as an exit point — refer to the Master of Health Promotion

Study location
  • Online
USC program code
This program is only available as an exit point
1 year full time; 2 years minimum, 4 years maximum part time
Study mode
on campus (multi-modal), online
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.

The Graduate Diploma and Master of Health Promotion are designed for those looking to work in designated health promotion roles, or for those wanting to develop deeper knowledge and skills in health promotion to complement their current roles. Some employers, for example Queensland Health, require applicants to have completed at least the equivalent of the Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion to be considered for employment as health promotion practitioners.

These programs give you the flexibility to study courses on campus, online or a mixture of the two delivery modes. You can change study modes at any time during your program. Teaching, learning and assessment items develop your theoretical knowledge and understanding through the completion of practical and creative tasks.

Professional recognition

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.

Admission requirements

The program is only available as an exit point. Students should refer to the Master of Health Promotion.

Program structure

Required courses (8) 96 units

PUB600 Public Health Research and Evidence
PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB703 Health Promotion Principles
PUB705 Health Promotion Community Assessment and Planning
PUB707 Public Health Foundations

Plus select 3 courses (36 units) from:

HLT600 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations
PUB701 Foundations of Epidemiology
PUB704 Health Promotion Settings and Advocacy
PUB706 Introduction to Behavioural Health
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods

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

Total units: 96
Program requirements 

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • This program is available as an exit point only

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