Family, society and health


Delve into the issues facing contemporary families and prepare yourself for a career in welfare, community or preventative health. Explore the link between healthy human development and households, economic wellbeing, and the need for supportive environments.

Public health at Deakin: ranked in the top 200 worldwide*
Industry connections: work with Austin, Northern and Western Health

Career opportunities

You can gain employment with the government (e.g. Department of Human Services, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare or Centrelink), welfare providers (e.g. Anglicare, Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul), health services, accommodation services or in the area of health promotion.

Related roles include:

  • community worker
  • family counsellor
  • family nutritionist
  • policy analyst
  • public health officer
  • public health researcher
  • welfare worker
  • health promotion practitioner.

*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.

I have been fortunate to meet people with whom I've made connections in the industry and have received employment out of some of these relationships.



A wide-reaching discipline

Family is at the heart of individual and community health. If you're passionate about making a difference at a grass-roots level, a course in family, society and health could be for you. This discipline complements many other areas in health, so you could end up working in the preventative health sphere or community and welfare.

Research with us

If you're passionate about family, society and health, you can also complete a higher degree by research. Research can be undertaken through our research groups.

Learn more about researching with us

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

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