Health Communication

(Students apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Admission requirements


Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication requires:

  • a bachelor's degree; or
  • professional experience of no less than three years in a relevant field such as journalism, public relations, media relations or media research.


Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Health Communication requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities, social sciences or public health; or
  • completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.


Admission to the Master of Health Communication requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities, social sciences or public health; or
  • completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Health Communication with a minimum credit (65%) average.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Health Communication requires the successful completion of 24 credit points of units of study including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and
  • maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study.

The Graduate Diploma in Health Communication requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
  • a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study.

Students may take a maximum of 6 credit points of electives from outside the Health Communications subject area with permission of the Coordinator.

The Master of Health Communication requires the successful completion of 72 credit points of units of study including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
  • a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study; and
  • at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Students may take a maximum of 12 credit points of electives from outside the Health Communications subject area with permission of the Coordinator.

Master - Recognition of prior learning

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit required points to complete
AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1.5 years 72
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1 year 48
AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline 1 year 48

Sample Pattern of enrolment

The following table provides examples for structuring programs of study directed towards specific interests or future employment. Students can design their own pathway in consultation with the program coordinator.

Core units      
MECO6900
News Writing
MECO6901
Dealing with the Media
MECO6919
Health Communication 
MECO6927
Organisational Communication 
Elective units      
Government Health Departments (state and federal)

 

   
HPOL5000
Introduction to Health Policy
HPOL5001
Economics and Finance for Health Policy
MIPH5014
International Health Promotion (4 credit points)
MECO6928
Media and Communication Internship
Consumer and Trade Media      
MIPH5014
International Health Promotion (4 credit points)
PUBH5418
Tobacco Control in the 21st Century
PUBH5111
Environmental Health (4 credit points)
MECO6928
Media and Communication Internship
Health Insurance Funds      
HPOL5000
Introduction to Health Policy
HPOL5001
Economics and Finance for Health Policy
PUBH5114
Alcohol, Drug Use and Health
MECO6928
Media and Communication Internship
Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)      
PUBH5019
Cancer Prevention and Control
MIPH5014
International Health Promotion (4 credit points)
PUBH5033
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
MECO6928
Media and Communication Internship