School of Health and Social Development

Our school focuses on the importance of engagement with our communities and families, and the promotion and return to good health that's essential for this engagement.

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.’

Jenny Watts

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.

Find out more about study opportunities

A healthy dose of research

We have three research centres at the School of Health and Social Development:

Each works closely with local and international partners to turn research into practical outcomes.

Our research domains include:

We're always looking to welcome master's and doctoral students with a passion for improving the world's health and wellbeing.

Find out more about our research

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.

Find out more about our theatre-based education programs

Featured staff

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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