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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. Some graduates go on to work internationally and you can structure your studies to reflect this interest.

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 courses are taught in English. If your education courses 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.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

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

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

The Graduate Diploma 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 is 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 Diploma in Health Promotion requires the completion of eight (8) subjects as set out below. Students should check for any prerequisites before enrolling in any subjects.

Six (6) core subjects:

  • MPH510 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods
  • MPH515 Politics and Power in Public Health
  • MPH517 Health Promotion in Challenging Contexts
  • MPH522 Introduction to Health Promotion
  • MPH580 Principles, Practice and Evidence in Health Promotion
  • MPH590 Contemporary Practice in Health Promotion

Two (2) elective subjects to be selected from:

  • MPH401 Health Research Methods
  • MPH404 Foundations of Public Health
  • MPH406 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • MPH518 Professional Practice in Public Health
  • MPH585 Public Health Special Topics

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion students must complete 8 subjects.

2018 Changes

Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion has undergone a major change.

MPH517 Diversity and Difference in Health Promotion has become a core unit of the course. Students who are completing the old version of the course will follow the old structure (5 core and 3 elective units).

2017 Changes

The following units have been removed:

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

The following units have been added:

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

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

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

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

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