Health promotion


Health promotion practitioners are the authors of ‘upstream health care’ - designing public programs to keep individuals and communities healthy. Our courses will give you the theoretical and practical grounding to start changing lives for the better.

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

Career opportunities

Choose to work in a career that can positively affect the health of whole populations, small communities, or individuals. Roles include:

  • aged and disability services officer
  • community development officer
  • health and wellbeing officer
  • health educator
  • health education program officer
  • health promotion officer
  • partnerships coordinator
  • policy development (national/international social health and wellbeing)
  • primary care partnership managers
  • program development officer
  • program evaluator
  • project officer
  • social planning and activities
  • youth services officer.

*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 is one of the only universities that combined the areas of health and marketing, so this made my decision much easier.

Courtney Dufty

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

Get that job promotion

Be work ready. Deakin's health promotion degrees will give you real-world experience – you'll work on real health programs and research as part of your study.

Research with us

Do your research with one of the best faculties in Australia – we have six strategic research centres related to this discipline to assist you!

Learn more about researching with us

Our research partnerships

As a researcher, you’ll have access to our partnerships, with local industry giving you access to cutting-edge health promotion practice. 

Some of our partnerships include:

  • Barwon Health
  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Diabetes Australia
  • Heart Foundation
  • VARTA: Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.

Who we work with

Studying health promotion at Deakin gives you access to our wide range of industry connections and partnerships, including:

  • Austin Health
  • Melbourne Health
  • Northern Health 
  • Western Health.

Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin - Lily's Story

You can tailor your degree to suit your career goals by combining a solid foundation in health with your choice from our 12 majors. Your dream job in health awaits. This is Lily's story.

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin University

Matt Riley, third-year student in the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, shares his experiences in the degree and gives a tour of the Waurn Ponds Campus.

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