Research degrees

The Faculty of Health provides a range of research programs at masters and doctorate level across a broad range of health-related disciplines. In addition, the School of Psychology offers professional doctorates in the discipline of psychology.

The following research areas are available for postgraduate degree by research (masters and PhD):


Equity and access issues and the nature of disability in the areas of employment and assistive technologies; the law; community living; and evaluation of services.

Exercise and sport science

Physical activity and health; muscle and tendon metabolism; movement analysis; physical activity and neurological adaptation; physiological demands of demanding occupations; musculoskeletal rehabilitation; and sport performance.

Food and nutrition science

Diet and disease interactions, including specific interests in cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and gut health; chemical and sensory evaluation with an emphasis on novel functional foods, salt and polyphenolics; molecular nutrition and nutrigenomics; substantiation of health benefits of functional foods; food formulation; nutritional assessment; behavioural epidemiology and population health; public health policy; and sports physiology and nutrition.


Infectious diseases; immunity; cancer; developmental biology; physiology; molecular nutrition; diabetes; obesity; muscle diseases; inflammation; cardiovascular disease; aging; farmer health; rural and regional general practice; public health; health service evaluation; and medical education.


Safety, quality and risk management in clinical and aged care clinical settings. Other areas include: acute and critical care; transitional care; health services evaluation; symptom management; consumer involvement in health and social care decision making; health care ethics; and midwifery.

Occupational therapy and sciences

Early childhood intervention; specific learning disabilities; developmental coordination disorders and social adaptive behaviour.


Clinical, health and forensic psychology; social and mental health; adolescent health; risk behaviours; body image and disordered eating; drugs and alcohol; eye-witness testimony; treatment of offenders; human sexuality; healthy ageing and depression among older people; quality of life; relationships; human factors such as auditory and visual perception; and organisational psychology in healthcare settings. The School of Psychology also provides the specialist professional doctorate program Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).

Public health and health promotion

Health promotion:

Understanding and promoting social and cultural aspects of health encompassing: health and social justice; social diversity and improving the health of marginalised/excluded groups including groups marginalised or excluded by gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age; violence and abuse prevention; reproductive and sexual health; health literacy; social epidemiology encompassing social context and health; social relationships and health.

Health economics and program evaluations:

Community interventions; rural health; health and the environment encompassing sustainability; decision making and community involvement; nutrition, physical activity and population health; international health; and health and human services systems.

Social work

Social work theory and practice; critical social work; evidence bases in social work; social work education; human services provision; child and family welfare; mental health; diversity and inclusivity; masculinities; religion and spirituality; gender relations; and gender violence.

Find a comprehensive list of supervisors for all the research groups above.

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