Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 medical, nursing or allied health bachelor degree; or Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline of health promotion, with depth in epidemiology, assessing population health needs, planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion initiatives relevant to the health and well-being of individuals and populations in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to devise sustainable and collaborative health promotion practice with key stakeholders and intersectoral partners to optimise the health, well‐being and autonomy of individuals and populations in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Critically reflect upon the socio‐ecological nature of health promotion and its application in optimising the health and well-being of tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Critically reflect upon and engage in professional health promotion practice based on ethical decision‐making and an evidence-based approach, including consideration of recent developments in the field

  • Apply advanced human, project and organisational management skills within a health promotion and policy context to effect efficient and equitable gains in public health

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non‐specialist audiences

  • Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for their own future personal and professional development and contribute to the professional development of others, by engaging in critical reflective practice in relation to knowledge, skills and attitudes that develops and enhances health promotion practice.

Course Structure


TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5568:03 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods

TM5570:03 Health Promotion Research and Evaluation

TM5528:03 Health Promotion


TM5513:03 Public Health Management or TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management


Select 6 credit points of specified IA5xxx, HS5xxx and/or TM5xxx subjects

HS5101:03 Contemporary Issues in Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5411:03 Community Rehabilitation for Health Professionals

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5310:09 Dissertation 2

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5503:03 Human Parasitology

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5527:03 Project

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5542:03 Clinical Travel Medicine

TM5549:06 Dissertation 1

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5559:03 Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5566:03 Clinical Care Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5568:03 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods

TM5570:03 Health Promotion Research and Evaluation

TM5571:03 Public Health Placement









Expected time to complete

12 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not applicable

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Nil, unless part of an approved articulation process


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects may by eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion.

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion are eligible for entry to the Master of Public Health or Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the graduate diploma.