Public health



Interested in creating a healthier society? Curious about the social and environmental factors that cause poor health, as well as the factors that create and sustain good health? As a public health specialist, you'll have the unique opportunity to be involved in campaigns that save lives – literally thousands at a time.

Electives in public health medicine give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in clinics, health departments and NGOs.

Colin Bell

Associate Professor of Public Health

120 hours of placement

Work-integrated learning is a core feature of our undergraduate public health program. We offer students a 120-hour field education placement that means you can transfer your knowledge to a practical setting.

Master of Public Health

We offer five specialisations: health promotion and community development, environments for health, public health practice, health economics and management, public health nutrition and an applied research stream where you can do your own project.

Public health courses

Study with Deakin and we'll help you transform your passion into a successful and rewarding career

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If you're a medical professional, allied health worker or clinician looking for bigger picture approaches that improve the health of individuals, populations, the environment and communities – then postgraduate study in public health could be for you.

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Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia and the Australian Health Promotion Association.

Career opportunities

You can find employment in a diverse range of areas including, but not limited to:

  • chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease)
  • healthy eating
  • mental health
  • physical activity
  • social inclusion
  • women's health.

What do our students and staff say?

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin University

Join Matt Riley, third year student in the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, as he shares his experiences in the degree and gives a tour of the Waurn Ponds Campus.

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