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

Our work experience units make sure you're as confident with your communication, physical and problem-solving skills as you are with your theory.

All of our undergraduate degrees have some form of placement or work experience. When it comes to choosing your placement, you'll have plenty of options and support.

Find out more about practice education and fieldwork

Travel and study – at the same time

Our school provides international opportunities for its students in health promotion and in occupational therapy.

Students can choose to study in destinations in Europe or Asia, depending on their focus of study and interests.

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.

Study tours subject to government travel restrictions.

Find out more about overseas study


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.

Find a scholarship

Professional accreditations

When employers see a professional accreditation on your resume, they know they're hiring a top-quality graduate.

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 OT Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, this course allows graduates to practice professionally in Australia and overseas.

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.

Graduates may also be eligible to become members 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 are part of 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.