Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion

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

Indigenous Health Promotion aims to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health at a community level. This means identifying community needs and strengths, developing a plan of action and putting it into practice.

This program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who either already have a role in promoting the health of their communities and who wish to gain experience or skills in this field. It is designed to give practitioners the knowledge and skills they need to help prevent illness and injury or reduce the harms associated with these conditions. It has a particular focus on community participation and empowerment, guided by the principles of social justice and social inclusion.

Why study Indigenous Health Promotion with us?

  • Block-mode delivery allows you to attend one of Australia’s leading universities while working full-time.

  • This is the only block-mode Indigenous Health Promotion graduate diploma in the country.

  • Your knowledge, skills and experiences are considered a valuable asset to the course.

  • You’ll learn from, and work with, peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and locations – urban, rural, remote and very remote.

  • You will work in partnership with communities to develop programs.

  • Learn the knowledge and skills to address illness and injury using best practice health promotion tools and processes.

  • The support, teaching, curriculum and facilities are world standard.

  • You will earn a highly regarded qualification from the University of Sydney.

  • Study a course that has a focus on empowering individuals and communities.

  • Implement and evaluate programs using best practice aimed at continued improvement and positive health outcomes.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Further course information

Progression rules

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

Capstone experience

For the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion, all students complete a final project as the capstone experience. Students apply, integrate and reflect on the knowledge and skills learned in each of the coursework modules they have completed to prepare a project report (which may be presented as a written report, video, journal article, radio program or poster and story).

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the course will have a nationally-recognised qualification in health promotion that will equip them for work in a wide range of community-controlled and mainstream settings.

Further study

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.
Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine. It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to the diploma is restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and a successful applicant for admission will:
(a) hold at least three years working experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, and experience in engaging communities in action to improve their health; and
(b) have completed prior learning that shows they can complete a course of study – the most obvious example is a degree or equivalent, but credit can be given for all forms of tertiary education, including relevant VET courses.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

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