University Handbook 2018

Graduate Certificate in Health Promoting Palliative Care

Course code/s: HCHPPC

Course details
Location Online
Course code HCHPPC
Mid year intake available Yes (students can commence in either semester without a change in the course structure)
Course coordinator Dr Bruce Rumbold
Available to international students No
Course duration 1 - 2 years part time
Credit points 60 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

A Master of Health Sciences with a stream in Health Promoting Palliative Care is also available to students who may wish to expand this study program.

Course description

This course introduces the theory of health promotion practice and how is applies to palliative care. Students will have the opportunity to examine connections and make links between policy, organisation and practice in health promotion and in palliative care, and to develop skills for interventions at each of these levels. The overall objective of the course is to develop leaders with ideas for innovative practices in health promoting palliative care, including community capacity building approaches.

It is assumed that most students will have a background in one of the health professions. Consequently, the emphasis is on developing new skills that assist students to develop the health promotion aspects of their profession and apply these in the field of palliative care.

The course is offered flexibly, primarily by online studies, on a part-time basis over one to two years.

After completing the graduate certificate subjects, students may apply to progress to the Master of Health Sciences. The Graduate Certificate will be subsumed upon completion of the Masters program.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Critically analyse contemporary theories, models and research evidence relevant to public health approaches to palliative care.
Apply research evidence appropriately in evaluating palliative care policies, programs and strategies in a health promotion framework.
Develop evidence-based policies and strategies that address specific problems in public health approaches to palliative care.
Critically examine current and future trends in health and healthcare and discuss implications for the health and wellbeing of individuals at the end of life and of the communities that support them.
Apply reflective practice and expert judgement in the practice of health promoting palliative care.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 60 credit points over one to two years of part-time study.

First year

Students select 60 credit points from the following subjects
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM* Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 PHE5INH Integrated Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHP 1 Health Promoting Palliative Care 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5GNH Promoting Health Through Groups and Networks 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SPC Spirituality and Palliative Care 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PRH Practising Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5DDG 2 Public Health Approaches to Death, Dying and Grief 15

*LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

1 This subject is offered in alternate years and will not be offered in 2018. 2 This subject is offered in alternate years and will not be offered in 2019.


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