Health promotion

Discipline

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.

Get work-ready

Develop your practical skills in health education and communication, health planning and health management. Job growth in the health sector continues to increase as public health issues affect healthcare systems globally. Through personalised fieldwork, we'll help you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, so you can be work‑ready after graduation.

Undergraduate

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

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.

Research

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.

Build practical skills

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. Gain close access to our wide range of industry connections and partnerships, including 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.

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

Research that makes a difference

As a researcher, you’ll have access to our partnerships, with local industry giving you access to cutting-edge health promotion practice. We also have six strategic research centres related to this discipline to assist you.

Some of our partnerships include:

  • Barwon Health
  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Diabetes Australia
  • Heart Foundation

Learn more about our research

  • VARTA: Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.

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.

Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin - Lily's Story

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