Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

149804 v.2 Master of Health Communication


Course CRICOS Code: 027227C
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years


This course has been developed to allow practitioners to develop skills in communicating health to populations, communities, groups and individuals. The core areas of health promotion are covered: planning, methods, evaluation, research and working with media. Health promotion graduates will choose more optional units in place of core unit content that they have previously studied. Both media and health professionals can then follow their personal interests via coursework (including media production units) and projects during the equivalent of three semesters full time study. Interest areas can include: behaviour change communication; cross-cultural communication; radio; video; television; Internet; journalism; performance arts; marketing; public relations; advertising; interpersonal communication; group training; community development and communication with Indigenous people. These areas can be considered within the Australian or international health context.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A relevant bachelor degree plus two years of relevant post-bachelor degree experience. Work experience is assessed on the basis of level of seniority and responsibility, job description, work-based referee report, publications or other written reports, short courses or conference attendance.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is three semesters full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Course Organisation

The core areas of health promotion are covered: planning, methods, evaluation, research and working with media. Both media and health professionals can follow their personal interests via coursework and projects during the equivalent of three semesters full time study. Optional units are also available with approval of the course coordinator.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this course will likely find employment in community health, health promotion, the media and a wide variety of social development sectors.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
13157 v.4   Health Promotion Planning 681 4.0 25.0
13169 v.3   Health Promotion Methods 682 4.0 25.0
309553 v.1   Behaviour Change Communication 685 4.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

13170 v.4   Health Promotion, Media and Advocacy 680 4.0 25.0
13171 v.3   Evaluation of Health Promotion 687 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

13151 v.4 * Research Dissertation 600 16.0 50.0
13359 v.3 * Research Dissertation 601 16.0 50.0
13179 v.3 # Research Project 650 16.0 50.0
Optional units (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
5901 v.6   Advanced Specialisation - Health Sciences 593 4.0 25.0
5985 v.3   Geology Project Fieldwork 501 4.0 25.0
6103 v.8   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 582 4.0 25.0
6238 v.10   Health Project 590 4.0 25.0
11938 v.3   International Health 581 4.0 25.0
13172 v.3   Health Promotion Methods 683 4.0 25.0
13176 v.3   Radio Programming for Health Promotion 681 4.0 25.0
13177 v.3   Designing and Delivering Training 681 4.0 25.0
# If this unit is selected an additional two optional units are undertaken
* These two units must be undertaken together
N1 Other optional units from across the Division may be selected with approval of the course coordinator


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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