The School of Health and Social Development focuses on the importance of engagement with our communities and families, and the promotion and return to good health that is essential for this engagement. Our courses are built on international collaborations, meaningful research and strong connections between the University, industry, communities and the public. We are committed to research that results in real, tangible outcomes for improving health.’
Interim Head of School of Health and Social Development
Become the ideal job candidate
Every year at Deakin your employability increases. Many of our courses include industry placements – where you'll gain real-world experience – and professional accreditations that are globally recognised. You'll also have the option to study abroad on a study tour or an exchange.
A healthy dose of research
We have three research centres at the School of Health and Social Development:
- Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE)
- Health Nature and Sustainability Research Group (HNS)
Each works closely with local and international partners to turn research into practical outcomes.
Our research domains include:
- Global Obesity Centre
- Determinants of Health
- Deakin Health Economics
- The Institute for Health Transformation
We're always looking to welcome master's and doctoral students with a passion for improving the world's health and wellbeing.
Book our theatre-based education programs
We have two theatre-based education programs available for booking by schools, community groups and workplaces: You the Man and Being Frank.
The programs begin with a 30-minute performance, followed by a moderated discussion about the issues presented in the play.
Providing health promotion and education on the topics of violence against women and trans and gender diversity, the performances are recognised as an innovative and unique approach to starting a discussion about these highly topical issues.
Professor Catherine Bennett is the inaugural chair in Epidemiology at Deakin. Catherine specialises in infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, and leads a large cohort study into community transmission of staph aureus in Melbourne households. Catherine also is engaged in other population-based research including endometriosis in adolescent girls, and the alcohol culture change project at Deakin. She was Director of Population Health Practice in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health before joining Deakin, and prior to that worked with NSW Health in infectious disease epidemiology, and was Olympic Public Health Coordinator for Northern Sydney.
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