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Overview

This degree will provide you with core media skills to help you become an effective communicator across health and medicine, public affairs, public relations, community relations and journalism.

Designed for aspiring and experienced communicators, health advocates, public relations specialists, media experts, and healthcare professionals, the course encourages development of skills 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.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Health Communication requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points), including two core units of study. Other units of study are normally chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
  • equivalent professional experience of no less than three years in a relevant field such as communications/media research, public relations, social/cause-related marketing or health promotion.

Course opportunities

Graduate certificates and diplomas are are a good alternative if you want to try out postgraduate study or increase the breadth of  your expertise and knowledge, or if you don’t quite meet the entry requirements for a master’s degree.

Career Pathways

The Health Communication program 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.

Future study options

You can progress from the Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or Masters, or from a Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Domestic students

International students

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