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.

Get work-ready

You'll complete a range of work-integrated learning experiences throughout your course, giving you an opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to a practical setting. Over the 120 hours of placement on offer, we'll frequently unpack different case studies to help spark ideas for your own unique career pathway. These placements help you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, so you can be work‑ready after graduation.


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.

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.

Career opportunities

You can find employment in a diverse range of areas, such as:

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

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

Work-integrated learning in public health gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in clinics, health departments and NGOs.

Colin Bell

Head of School of Health and Social Development


Public health at Deakin is ranked in the top 200 worldwide.* 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.

*ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020

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