Allied health


From optometry and medical imaging to psychology, social work and occupational therapy, a career in allied health is all about helping people. Learn how to diagnose health issues and provide solutions to manage, improve or cure them.

Public Health at Deakin: ranked in the top 200 worldwide*
Cutting-edge facilities: Learn in our $53m Regional Community Health Hub (REACH)

Career opportunities

Our graduates can find rewarding work in a range of careers including:

  • medical imaging
  • optometry
  • occupational therapy
  • social work.

*2019 Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Deakin students have the opportunity to build strong industry networks and undertake clinical placements, making them skilled and work ready.

Saba Ansari

Senior Lecturer In Diagnostic Imaging (Clinical Studies And Clinical Practice)

Industry-relevant facilities

Our facilities are world-class and modelled on those in industry. Our students benefit from cutting-edge teaching facilities, such as our purpose-built $53m Regional Community Health Hub (REACH).

Research with us

Our research makes a real difference, so why not join us? We pride ourselves on our collaborative relationships with numerous hospitals, clinics, healthcare networks, communities and support centres. These partnerships help us to provide our students with excellent opportunities to pursue their own research.

Learn more researching with us

Research related to this discipline is conducted by the following groups:


Our courses are accredited in their associated fields.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia, Occupational Therapy Council and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, enabling you to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Social Work is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Browse other disciplines within health sciences and allied health

Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.

Still haven't found what you are looking for?