Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Wellbeing

The Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Wellbeing offers a holistic perspective on wellness which is delivered using mindful and contemplative approaches to learning. 


Our diploma program is designed to comprehensively challenge and change the way you understand the foundations and contributors to health and wellbeing, personally and collectively. An important element of education at Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is to embody self-care within the process of learning how to care for the health and social needs of others. This approach is essential to successfully addressing the inherent risks of burnout and fatigue when caring for others. The embodied, holistic and contemplative learning foundations at NTI are unique within postgraduate education.

Course Details
Head of Program (Health and Social Wellbeing) Dr Susan Sumskis
Course Duration Full-time: 12 months | Part-time: from 18 months
Delivery Method On-campus + supported online study
Academic Requirements Either a bachelor degree with a major in health, human services, social sciences, liberal arts, or education or a Graduate Certificate with a focus on health.
English Language Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Applicants who have not completed substantial tertiary studies in English will need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Please note: On completion of this course, those wishing to register as a health professional in Australia will also need to satisfy the AHPRA requirement of an overall IELTS score of 7.
Related Courses Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)
Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing
Fees 2020# Domestic $15,200*
International $19,200
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens. For more information visit our Fees and Scholarships page.
CRICOS Course Code 082516D
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C


* Please note:

  • Indicative fee assuming full-time load and all electives are chosen within the Award program. Costs may vary depending on elective subjects selected.

  • A one-off enrolment fee of $100 applies to international students.

  • All prices listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).

  • Costs are subject to change annually. Enquire to find out about future costs.

  • Costs are for tuition only. They do not cover accommodation, meals or incidentals associated with your studies at Nan Tien Institute.

Course Structure & Subjects

The course can be completed within two (2) semesters of full-time study or three (3) or more semesters of part-time study. It is possible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing.

The Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Wellbeing qualification requires the completion of 8 subjects (for a total of 48 credit points).

Core Subjects

Note: Not all subjects are offered in each semester. Please consult the timetable or Student Services for advice.

HSW901 Mind-Body Wellness
HSW902 Nutrition Through the Lifespan
HSW903 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
HSW904 Social Policy, Health and Welfare
HSW912 Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing


Elective Subject 

3 Elective Subjects to be chosen from the schedule below:

NTI900 Critical Inquiry 
HSW905 Compassion at Work
HSW906 Social and Cultural Wellbeing
HSW907 Applied Mindfulness for Professionals
HSW913 Approaches to Care for Older Adults
ABS901 Introduction to Buddhism
ABS902 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
ABS904 Buddhist Ethics
ABS921 Buddhism, Environment and Sustainability