Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$9,050 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

Deakin course code H412

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Boost your understanding of health, and enrol in a specialised year of study that allows you to draw together the theory and practical skills gained in your undergraduate studies. The Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion honours year will see you work within a specific area of expertise, sharpen your research skills, and graduate with a competitive edge in the global health job market.

The program is available to high-achieving applicants with an undergraduate degree in health or a health-related area. Health care professionals with a background in nursing, education, health services or environmental health are also encouraged to apply as it is a great way to increase your knowledge of health promotion and health education activities.

Your study will involve a combination of coursework and an original research project based on your topic of interest. In the project you will work closely with a supervisor, gaining insight into the various research methods relevant to the areas of public health and health promotion. You will be required to prepare a written research proposal, present and defend your proposal, and write a literature review.

Your honours year will give you a deep understanding of the philosophies, ethics and principles of research by allowing you to explore a range of research approaches. You will also gain strong skills in communication and data management and in planning, implementing and reporting research studies.

On successful completion of your honours degree, you may apply to enter masters and doctoral research programs.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points, including two coursework units in research methods and research issues and an independent research project. Part-time students are required to complete the coursework components in their first year of study.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HBS400Research Methods

HSH401Developing Research Skills

Trimester 2

HSH402Honours Research Project

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree