At the School of Health and Social Development we're committed to research that results in real, tangible outcomes for improving health.

Research areas include public health, physical activity, obesity, disability and inclusion, and the environment. Our well-established partnerships consistently help us achieve this goal.

Currently, we have a particular focus on social diversity and the health of marginalised or excluded groups.

Study a research degree with us

The school addresses the complex connections between determinants of health in their broadest sense and social development in a variety of settings and at a range of intervention levels.

We currently have research degree supervisors available in:

  • health promotion and public health
  • occupational therapy
  • disability
  • social work.

If you'd like to study a master's or PhD at the School of Health and Social Development, first read how to become a research student, then contact a supervisor directly.

Find out how to become a research degree student at Deakin

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Our research themes

  • Gender, family, reproductive and sexual health. 
  • Sustainability, environments, communities, nature and health. 
  • Health, diversity and social inclusion. 
  • Violence and abuse: prevention and intervention. 
  • Professional practice and higher education in public health, health promotion, social work and occupational science and therapy.

Our research centres

Centre for Population Health Research (CPHR)

CPHR is a strategic research centre with an extraordinarily diverse portfolio of research activities.

The centre houses eight different units, including the Public Health Innovation Unit, the Epidemiology Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention CPHR.

Find out more about CPHR

Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE) 

Social exclusion can come in many forms and can have a significant effect on health and wellbeing. The researchers at CHASE focus on finding realistic, practical solutions to exclusion.

Find out more about CHASE

Health, Nature and Sustainability Group (HNS)

How does the natural environment impact our health and wellbeing? How can we harness the natural world to improve our lives?

These are the questions being answered by researchers at our Health, Nature and Sustainability Group.

Find out more about HNS