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Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Boost your understanding of health and further your career in the global health industry through in-depth research on a topic of your choice.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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Course overview

Boost your understanding of health through a specialised year of study to bring 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 fast-growing global health job market.

Want to conduct in-depth research and further your career in the global health industry?

Expand on your general understanding of health, and the factors that contribute to community and population health by delving deeper into a research area of your choice. Undertaking this honours year offers you a specialised year of study, combining the theory and practical skills from your undergraduate degree or previous work experience to conduct in-depth research into a topic of your choice.

Alongside engaging coursework, you will hone your passion in the field of health, working closely with a supervisor to delve deep into an original research project to sharpen your expertise.

You will gain a deep understanding of the philosophies, ethics and principles of research and explore a range of research approaches and how they can best contribute to positively influencing public health.

As well as this, you will have the chance to equip yourself with extra skills to ensure you graduate career ready, such as communication, data management and the planning, implementing and reporting of research studies.

With a variety of public health issues affecting healthcare systems globally, job growth in the sector is increasing. There are career opportunities in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally. You will be qualified for work in areas such as health promotion and education, policy and planning and research.

The research experience and knowledge that you will gain in this honours year also acts as a pathway to undertaking a masters or doctoral research program.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours)
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
H412
CRICOS code?
069124G Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Undergraduate
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

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.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

Core units

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Research Methods
  • Developing Research Skills
  • Semester 2

  • Honours Research Project
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Semester 1 - February

    • Start date: February
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Additional course information

    For detailed information, particularly with respect to the selection of areas of study and availability of appropriate supervision, students should consult the School of Health and Social Development Honours page.

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Workload

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

    Participation requirements

    There is a minimum of four compulsory sessions, which will be delivered online via Blackboard Collaborate although more sessions are offered to help students in their Honours year.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    Due to the nature of Honours, students may have supervisors who are based in industry, which gives them a chance for work integrated learning. Even for students whose supervisors are based at Deakin, the form of work integrated learning takes the form of a research internship. In terms of data collection, this can involve interviews, focus groups or surveys, which may happen in the context of health and other services in which the students will be exposed to professional staff and associates carrying out their duties.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher or major in a related discipline with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 in third year units, or where relevant, final year units.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Non-academic requirements

    Non-academic requirements

    Admissions information

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    Recognition of prior learning

    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.

     

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $8,948 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    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 Recognition of 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 on our Current students fees website.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    5-star rated university#

    Access research supervision across public health

    Top 3 for public health in Victoria*

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction**

    Career outcomes

    Job growth in the health sector continues to increase as public health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles and ageing populations affect healthcare systems globally.

    Career opportunities in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally include:

    • community development coordinator
    • health policy developer
    • health promotion officer
    • health researcher
    • program development coordinator
    • program evaluator
    • social planning officer
    • women's health officer.

    You may find employment in a diverse range of areas, including:

    • chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease)
    • healthy eating
    • mental health
    • physical activity
    • social inclusion
    • women’s health.

    Professional recognition

    Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply Health Sciences/Public Health and Health Promotion knowledge to formulate a testable research question; develop a conceptual framework and select the appropriate methodological procedures for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; and disseminate research findings.

    Communication

    Communicate, defend and discuss all elements of the research project in the chosen field of study via oral and written means to a variety of audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Select and use appropriate technologies to source, interpret, adapt, collate, analyse and disseminate relevant information to a variety of audiences.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate and synthesise the literature in the chosen field of study; and interpret research findings in the context of the literature in the chosen field of study.

    Problem solving

    Select and apply appropriate methodological principles and analytical techniques to answer a research question within the context of Health Sciences/Public Health and Health Promotion; and troubleshoot solutions to resolve complex problems associated with the research study.

    Self-management

    Produce a realistic timeline for the research project and demonstrate effective self-management skills, autonomy and accountability that contribute to the development of lifelong learning as a researcher within Health Sciences/Public Health and Health Promotion.

    Teamwork

    Collaborate and work effectively with specialists, peers, academics and others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

    Global citizenship

    Engage in ethical and professional research practice whilst maintaining confidentiality and respecting cultural sensitivities.

    *ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 
    ^ARWU Rankings 2022
    #QS Stars University Ratings 2016–2017
    **Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).