Health and sustainability



Want to understand the environment and how it affects community health? By studying health and sustainability at Deakin, you can explore the social, economic and environmental determinants of health in areas such as environmental sustainability, climate change and local and global environments for health. We’ll teach you the skills you’ll need to work in planning and evaluation for health and sustainability programs, as well as policy development and research.

I am interested in working in public health, and selected politics/policy studies to gain a better understanding of how public policy is developed and its impacts.

isabella ryan

bachelor of arts/bachelor of health sciences

Unique approach

Health and sustainability is a unique area to Deakin. Issues such as climate change and access to affordable, healthy food are covered in other environment courses, but at Deakin we specifically focus on how these issues affect the health of communities and individuals.

Health and sustainability courses

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Research with us

The Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group looks at the relationship between health and sustainability from two angles; using nature to improve health and wellbeing, and protecting the environment to ensure sustained health for future generations.

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Our community

Students studying in this area can join the broader Deakin student community and become involved in extra activities such as the community gardens located at our Waurn Ponds and Burwood campuses, and also the Deakin Sustainable Food Movement.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you'll be able to make a difference in health and sustainability through research, public programs and private contracts in areas such as:

  • community health 
  • resilient community programs
  • food security
  • local government initiatives
  • state and federal government in policy and program development
  • women's health programs
  • international NGO food, health and climate change adaptation programs
  • nature-based education programs.

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