Get a valuable qualification in nursing, along with a deep understanding of the causes of poor health and the skills to help people engage in healthier lifestyles. It’s time to make a difference to health outcomes of individuals and populations with this combined degree.
Develop the knowledge, skills and ethical behaviours to practise as a registered nurse clinician and gain employment in a range of health care contexts including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres. Purpose-built clinical simulation centres at Deakin provide you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical nursing skills, which are further enhanced through clinical placements.
This combined degree also gives you specialised education in public health and health promotion. Public health is the organised response by society to protect and promote health and prevent disability. By looking at the patterns of health and disease, public health focuses on the health of populations, rather than at the level of the individual. Health promotion is about working with people to improve their health and creating environments that support health – be they environmental, legal, physical, economic or social.
You will study the foundations of health promotion practice such as environmental health, health sociology, planning and evaluation, epidemiology, biostatistics and research. You will learn to apply public health and health promotion strategies to populations at risk of disease. Plus you will gain a sound understanding of the importance of health education, the factors influencing health practices, and strategies to promote the health of individuals and groups.
On completion of this course you will leave with capabilities, including research skills and analytical thinking, project management skills, communication skills, and capacity building, community development and negotiation skills. Additionally, the course will prepare you for roles in either nursing and/or public health and health promotion where you will work toward the prevention of disease, equity in access to health care or health systems and assist with rehabilitation and recovery frameworks.
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