Graduate Diploma in Health Communication

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in Health Communication program delivers core media skills to help you become an effective communicator across health and medicine, public affairs, public relations, community relations and journalism.

Do you want to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing? Are you passionate about communicating about health issues?

Designed for aspiring and experienced communicators, health advocates, public relations specialists, media experts, and healthcare professionals, the Master of Health Communication encourages skills development in:

− clear communication of public health campaigns and policy topics
− creation of public education programs that nurture a more healthcare-literate population
− the ability to raise awareness of, and advocate for, specific healthcare matters
− management of communication technology, including social media, to ensure information accuracy and uphold ethical standards

While our students come from different disciplines and career stages, all are motivated to make a difference in people’s health and wellbeing.

Why study with us?
Our health communication program combines the expertise of Sydney’s Department of Media and Communications with the resources of the School of Public Health.

With a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to both media and health disciplines, our program is the most comprehensive and specialised course of its kind in Australia.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Health Communication requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and

(b) a maximum 24 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 6 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Health Communication subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

A Master of Health Communication can lead you to a career in health promotion, health policy, health journalism, public affairs, public relations and community relations in government, not-for-profit organisations, media and corporate organisations.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Health Communication (18 months full-time) requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification

Admission to candidature for the Master of Health Communication (12 months full-time) requires:

(a) completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Health Communication with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) an Honours degree in a relevant discipline or

(c) relevant professional work experience and a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average or an equivalent qualification

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.