If you work with males or in male dominated industries where maintaining the physical and psychological health of your clients or workforce is a key function of your work, then this post-graduate course will interest you.

One of only a few courses of its type anywhere in the world, the UniSA Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion takes a fresh look at the health status of a group that makes up about half of Australia and the world’s population – males. When participants have completed this course they will have a comprehensive understanding of the health status of males in Australia and elsewhere, the key health issues and concerns of males, the key determinants of health in this population and of the subgroups of males who are most at risk. This information will then be examined for its implications in the shaping of male health services and male health and related policy. Existing national and state policy will be scrutinized to determine to what extent the drivers of male health outcomes are being addressed, what have been key outcomes to date and what challenges remain. Participants will also explore factors influencing the male experience of health and male health seeking behaviour as well as examine relevant theories of health promotion and health promotion program evaluation. Finally, students will reflect on specific approaches to engaging males by examining real world examples of illness prevention and health promotion programs and how different approaches might be adapted to their own practice.


The Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion aims to equip medical, allied health, human service, education and industry professionals with knowledge and skills to work and to engage more effectively with males, and to improve health, psychological, educational and social outcomes for males.


The Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion comprises two University of South Australia 4.5 unit courses*, with three modules in the first course, and four modules in the second course.

* a full year load is 36 units; each unit represents approximately 30 hours of student effort including lectures, tutorials, discussion forums, research, reading, reflection and assessment activities

Course 1: Male health in perspective

Module 1: Biological, physiological, social, economic, cultural and other determinants of male health

Module 2: Statistics of male health and illness and service utilization

Module 3: National and international male health policy


Course 2: Male health promotion

Module 1: Facts and fallacies of male health seeking behaviour

Module 2: Health promotion – assumptions, concepts, theories, models and approaches

Module 3: Health promotion – needs assessment, ethics, planning, resources, instruments and implementation

Module 4: Health promotion program evaluation – theories, rationale and approaches



The Professional Certificate is aimed at medical, nursing, allied health, health, social and human service professionals, educators, psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors, occupational health and safety officers, health promotion officers, Aboriginal health workers and other industry professionals who work with men and boys within their work or community roles.

Participants will usually have completed an undergraduate degree in health or other relevant discipline or have equivalent work experience. Since the Program is delivered fully on-line, students are expected to be computer literate and be able to engage in online learning, word processing, and use the Internet and Email. Students will also require reliable access to the internet in order to access the on-line learning resources.


The Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion is a fully online program augmented by weekly asynchronous on-line discussion forums to deepen learning and to encourage learning from and with other participants. For the duration of their enrolment, students have access to University resources including information technology resources, online teaching resources and borrowing rights with the University library.

Students can choose to undertake the entire Professional Certificate or just the individual courses making up the Certificate. Students cannot enrol for individual modules. Participants successfully completing assessment activities for only one of the Courses will receive a certificate of completion, with the workload hours nominated.

Only students successfully completing all of the two 4.5 unit courses (all seven modules) will gain the Professional Certificate in Male Health and Male Health Promotion. Participants will also be provided with a record of results.


Students must complete a registration form which is to be forwarded and approved by the Program Co-ordinator before enrolment is approved. Enrolments close one week before the commencement of courses. Enrolments cannot be processed after courses have commenced.


UniSA policy prevents credit being granted toward the completion of Professional Certificates; ‘credit’ applies only to courses that lead to an award (e.g. Bachelors degree) of the University. Successful completion of courses in the Professional Certificate may be used as credit toward subsequent study in an award program of the University.


Each course will cost $900, with the total cost for the Professional Certificate being $1800. Course fees must be paid following approval of enrolment and prior to commencement of the course(s).


Learning activities for each course will be conducted as indicated in the schedule below. The average workload expected of students is about 10-12 hours per week per course, including lectures, tutorials, discussion forums, research, reading, reflection and assessment activities. Students will have an additional two weeks following cessation of teaching to complete the final assignments.

Students may enrol in the entire Professional Certificate in either Study Period 2 or Study Period 5. Alternatively, students may elect to complete only one course in each of the study periods. We recommend students complete Course 1 (Male health in perspective) before commencing Course 2 (Male health promotion) should they elect to separate the courses.


Course calendar – 2014

Study period 2

 Core teaching and assessment period: 03/03/2014 to 04/07/2014

 Enrol by date: 14 Mar 2014

 Final date for payment – study period 2 : 17 Mar 2014

 Teaching break: 14 Apr – 25 Apr 2014

Module Course outline Start date End date Duration
Course 1: Male health in   perspective
 Module 1


Male Health determinants March 3 March 28 4 weeks
 Module 2†


Male health & service   utilisation statistics March 31 May 9 4 weeks
 Module 3


National & International   male health policy May 12 June 6 4 weeks
Course 2: Male health   promotion
 Module 4


Male health seeking behaviour March 3 March 14 2 weeks
 Module 5


Health promotion principles   & approaches March 17 March 28 2 weeks
 Module 6‡


Strategies for effective male   health promotion March 31 May 16 5 weeks
 Module 7


Health promotion program   evaluation May 26 June 6 3 weeks



    • I expect Tory Shepherd of The Advertiser (SA) would be very satisfied to hear that this Course is no longer being offered. The Advertiser had generated some veery negative publicity and as recently as Wednesday, June 18, Shepherd is still ranting on.

      Unfortunately feminist propaganda has influenced governments, media and academia.

  1. Please note that due to circumstances beyond my control the above courses are not being offered in 2014 or in the foreseeable future. I would be grateful therefore if the above reference could be removed from your website.


    Dr Gary Misan PhD
    Associate Research Professor, University Department of Rural Health

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