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Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health

  • Graduate Certificate

Get ready to transform your existing skills to remedy the world's most pressing health issues.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
1 year part-time
Course Code
Study Mode
Intake Months

About this course

Get ready to transform your existing skills to remedy the world's most pressing health issues. Offered wholly online, the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health prepares you to work effectively in some of the world's most crisis-prone countries.Want to diversify your employment options and pursue a truly meaningful career at the same time?

Those in the humanitarian sector are confronted with a more complex and diverse landscape than ever before. Deakin's Graduate of Humanitarian Health focuses on educating and upskilling health professionals to prepare for deployment in increasingly multifaceted conflict and natural disaster zones.

It's critical that response teams have the right skills and training for immediate action in regions that may already be struggling with poor health services, political and socioeconomic constraints. This course will strengthen your public and clinical health knowledge to ensure you're well-equipped to manage the unique issues that arise in these complex environments.

Learn about the history of the sector, its underlying principles and values, and complex ethical issues in practice. You'll explore the humanitarian programme cycle and clinical health issues relating to vulnerable groups in crises. You'll expand your knowledge and skills essential for delivering safe, effective humanitarian health programs.

You'll also have access to experts, leaders, thinkers and researchers from within the humanitarian and NGO sector, as well as staff from the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL) - a partnership between Deakin and Save the Children Australia.

The research-led curriculum will enable you to consider the realities of applying your technical skills in complex humanitarian environments while facing additional challenges such as resource limitations, cross-cultural conflict and health issues not usually seen in developed contexts.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • Attainment of Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR

  • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

Study locations

Cloud (Online)


Career pathways

As a graduate you'll be well-equipped for a range of diverse roles across health service delivery, health program planning and management, training and capacity building, health monitoring, evaluation and education.

Your newly honed skills and knowledge will make you a highly sought-after candidate for employment in:

  • local and international NGOs
  • rural and remote health care
  • UN agencies
  • private-sector organisations
  • migrant and asylum seeker health services
  • relevant government bodies related to humanitarian and emergency health response.

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study as listed below and

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.