Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Waurn Ponds (Geelong) not available to international students

Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code012753D
Deakin course codeH313

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Help others and make a difference with a career in health. When you study the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin, you will learn how to tackle health issues and boost the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Public health and health promotion seeks to understand and act on the factors that cause poor health, and those that create and sustain good health. The field relies on diverse approaches, including community engagement, policy development, research, education and the media to address the causes of poor health within populations.

This degree is designed to help you gain skills in industry-recognised competencies. You’ll develop your knowledge of planning and evaluation, health communication strategies, epidemiology, and health research. Practical work placements give you the chance to gain valuable experience and further develop your expertise in the field, in preparation for careers in the health sector.

Job growth in the health sector continues to increase as public health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles, and ageing populations affect health care systems globally. Career opportunities exist in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally. You will be qualified for work in areas such as social planning, women’s health, health promotion, community development, health education, policy and planning, health research and program development.

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

Indicative student workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Professional recognition

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

Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

Fees and charges

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Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to one credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include the following:

  • 3 foundation health units (these are compulsory)
  • 13 core units in public health and health promotion (these are compulsory)
  • 8 elective units chosen from any Faculty in the University
  • No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1.
  • At least 14 credit points of study must be at level 2 or higher
  • at least 4 credit points must be at level 3

Any majors completed will be recognised on a student's final academic transcript.

Major sequences

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion are able to undertake a major sequence of study to suit their interests and diversify their employment opportunities. However, as the course provides training in specialist public health and health promotion skills, it is not necessary to undertake a major sequence of study.

Course structure

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

HSH113Social Perspectives on Population Health

plus one elective unit

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

HSH208Health Communication

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSH212Professional Practice

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

plus two elective units

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

HSH319Population Health: A Research Perspective

plus two elective units


Health Promotion elective units

HSH105Understanding Families and Health

HSH206Human Development and Healthy Families

HSH207Socio-Economic Status and Health

HSH306People, Health and Place

Other elective units

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

Work experience

Work Integrated Learning is a core feature of this course, and is embedded within all units, which includes assignments that replicate work in the field. Another feature of this course is the capstone experience, a 120-hour field education placement that provides you with an opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to a practical setting, where you can further your learning through realistic field experience. These placements enable you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.