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Discover the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion at the University of Sydney

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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely during 2022 if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page

About this course

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.

The course is only offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Why study Indigenous health promotion with us?

  • 100% online course delivery - this course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. We also offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.
  • 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.

Who should study this course?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are committed to improving health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and have experience working with communities or who hold equivalent qualifications.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course

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Your admission criteria

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 criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee


We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

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 - 31 January 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.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are currently offered to all applicants for this course.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Starting date

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health Promotion is made up of 36 credit points and consists of 1 year full-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the diploma is restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and a successful applicant for admission will:

  • 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
  • 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.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.


Future study options

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.

Career Pathways

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.

Once students have completed their studies, they will:

  • Be able to address any health issue using best practice health promotion tools and processes
  • Progress their careers and role model to their families and communities
  • Undertake higher university degrees, and
  • Act to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities and the wider population.

Meet our alumni

Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion, 2014

"In my 10-year working career, I've been lucky enough to work in the education sector, law enforcement sector and now the health sector as a Health worker. Deciding that my time as a health worker is what I enjoyed most, I knew that to pursue a career in the industry I had to up-skill and gain an appropriate qualification that would hopefully provide me with opportunities upon completion. That's my professional reason for enrolling in the Graduate Diploma. My personal reason is to be a role model for my children and family members and also for other young people within my community who are contemplating going onto higher education.

In this course I've really enjoyed meeting and learning about the other participants and their communities. The highlight for me was listening and learning about the various types of programs/projects the others are running in their communities and how I can take certain aspects and implement them in my own community."

Need help/careers advice?

For general enquiries, email our program administrator Jasper Garay

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