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What is health promotion?

Health promotion is the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion activities and programs in order to influence the health of populations, communities, groups, and individuals.
This course offers a particular focus on the challenges facing professionals working in tropical, rural, and remote environments. Special attention is given to the needs of high-risk community groups, including refugee and migrant populations, and Indigenous Australians.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for health professionals wishing to or who currently are working in health promotion roles in a range of government and non-government organisations, as well as those who would like to incorporate health promotion approaches into their practice.

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.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only

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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.

Entry requirements

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

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

Why JCU?

James Cook University provides several programs unique to Australia:
*The Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which is one of the leading tropical research facilities in the world
*teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
*cutting-edge teaching laboratories and research facilities.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion page on the James Cook University website for more details!





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