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Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code012753D
Deakin course codeH313

Students who commenced prior to 2009 must follow the course structure applicable to their year of commencement and discuss unit selections with their enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Public health and health promotion seeks to understand and act on the social and environmental factors that cause poor health; together with the factors that create and sustain good health. Public health and health promotion is a field that uses diverse approaches such as education, media, environmental and social change and policy development to maintain and improve the health of individuals, groups and communities. This is a growing field, with graduates finding exciting government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally.
Throughout the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, you will develop a wide range of knowledge and practical skills, such as generating and utilising evidence for public health and health promotion practice; developing skills in program design, implementation, and evaluation; and developing tools to analyse public health and health promotion policy.
A key strength of the course is its vocational relevance which is maintained through the close association staff have established with practising professionals from a wide range of sectors including health, education, government, environment and planning.
The degree is a foundation for honours and postgraduate study that lead to a research career in public health and/or health promotion.

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Work-Integrated Learning

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.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course comprises 24 credit points of study, including 3 foundation health units, 13 core units in public health and health promotion and 8 elective units. 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, and at least 4 credit points must be at level 3. The 8 elective units may be chosen from any Faculty in the University. Any majors completed will be recognised on a student's final academic transcript.

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Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HSH111 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion  

HSH113 Social Perspectives on Population Health  

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

HSH112 Local and Global Environments for Health  

plus one elective unit

Level 2
Trimester 1

HSH201 Planning and Evaluation 1  

HSH205 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1  

HSH208 Professional Practice 1  

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HSH212 Professional Practice 2  

HSH216 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2  

HSH218 Planning and Evaluation 2  

plus one elective unit

Level 3
Trimester 1
HSH302 Politics, Policy and Health  

HSH303 Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum  

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

HSH313 Contemporary Health Issues  

HSH319 Population Health: A Research Perspective  

plus two elective units

Health Promotion elective units

HSH105 Understanding Families and Health  

HSH206 Human Development and Healthy Families  

HSH207 Socio-Economic Status and Health  

HSH210 Social Diversity and Health  

HSH306 People, Health and Place  


Other elective units

SHD201 Creating Sustainable Futures  

SHD301 Creating Sustainable Futures  


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