Study opportunities

Graduates from the School of Health and Social Development gain extensive theoretical knowledge, well-established practical skills, professional accreditation and perhaps even international experience.

Practice education and fieldwork

All of our undergraduate courses and many of our postgraduate degrees have embedded work placement units, allowing you to gain practical skills and collaborate with professionals in your chosen field. Our school has a strong partner network, enabling our dedicated team members to connect you with an organisation where you'll benefit most from completing your placement hours.

Travel and study – at the same time

Health promotion and occupational therapy students have the opportunity to complete overseas study tours in destinations across Oceania, Europe and Asia, depending on their focus of study and interests. You may also have the option to spend a full trimester abroad, depending on your course.

As well as studying and gaining practical experience, you'll explore a different culture through activities in the local community. You can choose to visit a well-established economy with highly aspirational and forward-thinking health policy and systems, or examine the challenges faced by the healthcare systems of an emerging economy.

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The overseas study was the greatest part of studying at Deakin. Not only did I get to go overseas for the first time, I also got a scholarship to go, which funded most of my trip, and I was able to complete some of my study.

Sophie Heywood

Bachelor of Health Sciences


There's financial support available to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at the School of Health and Social Development. Scholarships can be used to cover the costs associated with studying, such as travel, costs of living and equipment.

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Professional accreditations

Many of our degrees include professional accreditation, ensuring you graduate ready to work and can stand out to potential employers.

Bachelor of Social Work

This course is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)*. You can also apply for AASW membership and practice professionally throughout Australia.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, this course allows you to practice professionally as an occupational therapist in Australia and overseas.

Master of Child Play Therapy

Graduates of the Master of Child Play Therapy may apply to become a Registered Child Play Therapist with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA).

Health promotion courses

Deakin’s health promotion courses are fully accredited by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). This accreditation enables our health promotion graduates to register with the IUHPE as a registered Health Promotion Practitioner, securing global recognition.

As a graduate, you may also be eligible to become a member of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and obtain professional accreditation as a Health Promotion Practitioner with the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

These accreditations apply to the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences – Health Promotion major
  • Master of Health Promotion.

*All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the AASW retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

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Get in touch if you have any further questions regarding the School of Health and Social Development.

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