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Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. apply health promotion concepts and practice to enhance the health and wellbeing of groups and populations
  2. locate, extract, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to develop sustainable health promotion programs
  3. effectively use new and existing technologies applicable to health promotion to gather information, analyse data and communicate
  4. demonstrate independent and self-directed learning to enhance professional development
  5. assess and apply international perspectives and principles to health promotion
  6. demonstrate an understanding and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
  7. work professionally and ethically across a range of settings
  8. demonstrate effective project management skills.

Employers can include the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation, WA AIDS Council, Cancer Council, the Department of Health, local government, primary healthcare and many more.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Higher education

Academic entrance requirements

A bachelor degree from a tertiary institution preferably in health, education, behavioural sciences, social sciences or management.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results.

Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

The Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion has been developed to further knowledge and increase skills in the major principles pertaining to health promotion. Current issues in optimising health and the prevention of disease are addressed, research skills are developed, and planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs in various settings are practiced. Other skills developed by Curtin health promotion students include project planning, the use of media and advocacy, and communication. Research skills are also fostered throughout the degree. The degree has been designed to suit the needs of students wishing to pursue careers in health promotion, public health, community development, program delivery, research and evaluation. The degree assists in career development and are aimed at producing, or enhancing the careers of, health professionals. The degree prepares students for new or further career opportunities in a range of private and public, domestic and international settings.

Recommended Study Pattern

The Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion requires the completion of four (4) subjects as set out below. Students should check for any prerequisites before enrolling in any subjects.

Three (3) core subjects:

  • MPH510 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods
  • MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion
  • MPH607 Principles of Planning and Evaluation in Public Health

One (1) elective subject to be selected from:

  • MPH401 Epidemiology and Evidence
  • MPH404 Global Public Health Challenges
  • MPH515 Politics and Power in Public Health
  • MPH517 Diversity and Difference in Health Promotion
  • MPH585 Public Health Special Topics
  • MPH590 Contemporary Practice in Health Promotion

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion students must complete 4 subjects.

2019 Changes

The subject MPH580 Principles, Practice and Evidence in Health Promotion has been retired and replaced with MPH607 Principles of Planning and Evaluation in Public Health. Students who have completed MPH580 will have it counted towards their degree.

2017 Changes

The following subjects have been removed:

  • MPH402 Concepts in Health Promotion Planning
  • MPH513 Evaluation of Health Promotion
  • MPH511 Media Impact on Public Health

The following subjects have been added:

  • MPH585 Public Health Special Topics (new subject)
  • MPH580 Principles, Practice and Evidence in Health Promotion (new subject)
  • MPH590 Contemporary Practice in Health Promotion (new subject)
  • MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion

Students who had completed the subjects that have been removed from the degrees, prior to 2017, will be given credit towards the completion of their degrees.

Curtin University will provide updated study plans to current students. Students who are in the old version of the degree don't need to complete MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion.

If you need further advice with the new degree structure, please contact postgradpubhlth@curtin.edu.au.