Public health


Explore the social and environmental factors that cause poor health and those that create and sustain good health. As a public health specialist you'll have the unique opportunity to be involved in campaigns that save lives – literally thousands at a time.

Public Health at Deakin: ranked in the top 200 worldwide*
Industry experience: become more employable with work integrated learning

Career opportunities

You can find employment in a diverse range of areas including, but not limited to:

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

*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.

Electives in public health medicine give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in clinics, health departments and NGOs.

Colin Bell

Associate Professor of Public Health

120 hours of placement

Work-integrated learning is a core feature of our undergraduate public health program. We offer students a 120-hour field education placement that means you can transfer your knowledge to a practical setting.

Master of Public Health

We offer six specialisations: health promotion and community development, humanitarian assistance, disability and inclusion, public health practice, health economics and management, public health nutrition and an applied research stream where you can do your own project.

Research with us

If you're a medical professional, allied health worker or clinician looking for bigger picture approaches that improve the health of individuals, populations, the environment and communities – then postgraduate study in public health could be for you.

Learn more about researching with us


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

As a Master of Public Health student, you will receive free student membership with the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) throughout your degree. You can then join the PHAA as an individual member once you graduate.

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin University

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

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