Health Promotion

Are you passionate about helping communities to optimise health of their citizens?

What do health promotion officers do?

Health promotion officers plan and coordinate health promotion programs for various community groups. They specialize in maintaining and improving the health of populations and reducing health inequities among population groups. They are responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion policies and projects using a variety of strategies, including health education, mass media, community development, advocacy and lobbying strategies, social marketing, health policy and environmental strategies.

Where are the jobs?

Community settings (community health services)

Non-government organisations or not for profit organisations (e.g. Heart FoundationYMCACancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Australia)

Local (e.g., local councils), state (e.g. VicHealth), and national government (e.g. Department of Health)

Job titles to search

Health promotion officer

Health promotion practitioner

Health promotion and planning

Skills required for the job 

Skills you should aim to develop include:

Skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation and policy development to help improve the health of populations.

Teamwork, partnership & collaboration skills

Communication (e.g. people skills, relationship building)

Project management skills (e.g. organisation, time management, problem solving)

Influencing, negotiating and advocacy skills

Keen to improve the lives of others through health and physical activity

How to develop your skills

To give yourself the best opportunity to be job ready at the end of your degree, we recommend that you:

Volunteer at the local government level or in a smaller community organisation; - this will give you an opportunity to be exposed to health issues important to the community

Find a mentor (this could be an individual working in a similar role)

Acquaint yourself with current organisations employing health promotion officers and sign up to their emails, and follow them on Facebook or Twitter

When you meet new people tell them (confidently and succinctly) what you want to do when you graduate. You never know but they may have a contact that they can introduce you to now or sometime in the future.

What units or courses to study at Deakin

Students can enrol in the Bachelor of Exercise Science or a Bachelor of Health Science to complete the physical activity and health major:

HSE111 – Physical Activity and Exercise for Health

HSE112 – Pathways in the Physical Activity, Exercise and Health Industry

HSE212 – Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation

HSE213 – Children’s Physical Activity and Sport

HSE316 – Physical Activity and Population Health

HSE332 – Global Perspectives in Physical Activity and Health

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