Graduate Diploma

(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 Overview
Head of Program (Health and Social Wellbeing) Dr Nadine Levy
Course Duration Full-time: 12 months | Part-time: from 18 months for domestic students only
Delivery Method On-campus + supported online study
Academic Requirements

Bachelor degree with a major in a relevant field, such as health sciences, social sciences, liberal arts, or education (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript) OR

a Graduate Certificate with a focus on health (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript).

English Language Requirements

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: Although this course does not directly lead to a registration as a health professional, 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
Tuition Fees 2024 Domestic $22,000
International $27,200
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
Tuition fees, non-tuition fees, and refunds are governed by NTI’s Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy
Non-Tuition Fees More about non-tuition fees
CRICOS Course Code 082516D
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C

# Indicative fee, assuming all electives are chosen within the Award program


Course Structure

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.

HSW801 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:

NTI800 Critical Inquiry
HSW905 Compassion at Work
HSW906 Social and Cultural Wellbeing
HSW807 Applied Mindfulness for Professionals
HSW913 Approaches to Care for Older Adults
HSW917 Mindful and Compassionate Leadership
ABS801 Introduction to Buddhism
ABS802 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
ABS904 Buddhist Ethics
ABS923 Health as Buddhist Practice



Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.

Offering a high degree of flexibility, our courses can be studied online or on campus, full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.