Health

Would you like a career helping people and making a difference to their lives? Deakin's range of bachelor and master health courses gives you a wide choice of areas to study including: health sciences, food, nutrition, dietetics, medicine, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, optometry, psychology, public health, health promotion, social work, clinical exercise physiology, and exercise sport science. We also offer honours, master's by research and PhDs. Many courses are available full time or part time, at our campuses or via the cloud (online), formerly referred to as off-campus.

What can I study?

Deakin offers a diverse range of health-related courses, including disciplines such as:

Undergraduate

  • Health sciences (majoring in):
    • Environmental health
    • Exercise science
    • Family, society and health
    • Food studies
    • Health promotion
    • Health and sustainability
    • Medical biotechnology
    • Nutrition
    • People, society and disability
    • Physical activity and health
    • Psychology
    • Sport coaching
Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Health SciencesCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Food and Nutrition SciencesCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Health SciencesCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health PromotionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Occupational TherapyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Psychological ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of PsychologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Public Health and Health PromotionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of CommerceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Social WorkCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of OptometryCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and MedicineCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Certificate of Diabetes EducationCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Certificate of Health PromotionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Certificate of Human NutritionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Certificate of Public Health NutritionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Health PromotionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Human NutritionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Applied ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Applied ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Clinical Exercise PhysiologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of DieteticsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Health and Human Services ManagementCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Health PromotionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Human NutritionCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Public HealthCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Social WorkCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Social Work (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Practical experience

Practical work experience programs are an important part of many Deakin health courses. Conducted in a range of settings, these programs provide the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners, preparing you for employment in the real world.


Career opportunities for health graduates

Job growth in the health sector is strong and continues to increase as public health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles and ageing populations affect health care systems not only in Australia but around the world. Career opportunities for graduates depend on which area studied. They include but are not limited to:

Health sciences: health promotion, health education, community health, project management, program planning, case management, counselling, family and community support, housing services, regional health service planning, sport psychology, sports nutrition, sports development.

Occupational therapy: acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals, schools, community health, mental health, the workplace, government, private practice, teaching, research.

Food and nutrition science: nutritionist, food analysis, sensory analysis, product development, food safety, food manufacturing, food policy, food regulation, consumer education and awareness campaigns, private practice, nutrition counselling, community nutrition.

Public health and health promotion: health promotion officer, community development officer, social planning officer, health educator, women's health officer, health policy developer, planning officer, health researcher, program development officer, program evaluator.

Social work:social worker, policy and planning officer, drug and alcohol case manager, family relationships adviser, disability support coordinator, child protection officer, human rights advocate, youth projects officer, mental health coordinator, careers counsellor, case manager, child and family counsellor, community development access officer, community development and education officer, community strengthening officer, community support and inclusion officer, welfare coordinator, diversity officer, rehabilitation consultant, school counsellor.


Study overseas

Give yourself the competitive edge after graduation. Discover and live in a new country and make friends all around the world. With a Deakin Education Abroad program, your degree can take you where you want to go.

Exchange and Education Abroad programs are available to all students, including international, postgraduate and cloud (online) students, previously known as off-campus students.

Deakin University Health Sciences, Health Sciences/Arts, undergraduate and postgraduate Public Health and Health Promotion students share their thoughts and observations on studying overseas.

If you have ever thought about studying overseas or working in a Health Science related field then you should jump on the website after watching this video and send an enquiry to Deakin. With great connections to overseas campuses and schools, experienced staff and some amazing locations, the experience of a lifetime is not far away.

Health Sciences Vietnam Study Tour 2012


Why study at Deakin?

Teaching and research excellence

You will learn from lecturers with specialist skills developed through their work with external organisations, research and community involvement. This experience reflects and informs the teaching programs, ensuring our graduates are highly regarded for their knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm and problem solving capabilities.

The research profile of Deakin's Health staff is facilitated by collaborative relationships with numerous hospitals, clinics, health care networks, communities and support centres, and these partnerships enable us to provide our research students with excellent opportunities to pursue their own research.

Peer mentoring

Is the prospect of starting university a little bit daunting to you? To help you transition into university life the Faculty of Health offers a peer mentoring program to all students enrolled in the Faculty. The program assigns you to a peer mentor group with other first year students and a second or third year student from your course to help guide you through your world at Deakin.

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