Why do Honours in Health?

The Honours year builds on the foundation of study in content and research methods provided by the three year undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Promotion or Health Sciences.

For prospective employers, Honours graduates have an edge on their CV by demonstrating high levels of achievement, critical reading and information retrieval skills, and critical thinking and project management skills.

For critical thinkers, the Honours program provides a pathway to the highly selective research candidature for higher degrees such as Masters and PhD. Previous Honours students have continued to complete PhD studies and acquired academic careers as researchers, lecturers and public health leaders in Australia and internationally.

Student Profile - Grace McArthur

“Putting it into practice: Using specialist resources to support women and girls with disabilities who have experienced violence and abuse”.

Supervisors – Dr Amie O’Shea and Associate Professor Patsie Frawley

"I have a strong interest in health promotion and preventing violence against women, so when the opportunity came up to do an honours project in this area, I jumped at the chance. I worked with Amie O'Shea and Patsie Frawley as my supervisors, and my project was called 'Women with disabilities: promoting rights to access violence, sexuality and relationship services', which contributed to the 1800RESPECT Disability pathways project.

Grace McArthur

Doing an Honours research project not only helped me gain strong insight into my research area of choice, it also helped me learn about myself on both a personal and a professional level. As well as developing strong problem solving and time management skills, I also learned a lot about my own perceptions and experiences of the world when delving into social theory, which was an unexpected learning. It also helped me gain clarity in what I want to achieve in my career. The highlight of my Honours research project was getting a taste of working in a niche part of the health sector and working with like-minded people who have similar passions to me.

Since completing my Honours, I have gained full time employment as a graduate health promotion practitioner at Monash Health Community. I certainly think my Honours experience assisted in being job ready, along with some other work and volunteer experience."

Student video – Georgia Langmaid

Topic: Applying the Mandala of Health in the anthropocene

Supervisors: Dr Rebecca Patrick, Dr Justin Lawson.

Let's Get Physical Honours Template


A number of themes cut across the research endeavours within the School of Health and Social Development. There is a focus on social diversity and improving the health of marginalised/excluded groups, and a commitment to outcome-oriented research. Research in the School focuses on:

  • gambling
  • gender, family, reproductive and sexual health
  • health, diversity and social inclusion
  • health economics
  • health literacy
  • obesity prevention, healthy food environments and food policy
  • physical activity, motor skill competence and self-perception
  • professional practice and higher education in public health, health promotion, social work, occupational science and therapy
  • refugee health
  • sustainability, environments, communities, nature and health
  • violence and abuse: prevention and intervention

Skills gained studying Honours

  • Develop higher level skills in information retrieval and the critical analysis of published material
  • Develop conceptual frameworks and methodological procedures for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data
  • Become familiar with significant ethical and professional issues
  • Produce a thesis which demonstrates evidence of research ability and written communication skills

Project proposals

Click to view a Cloud recording of the Honours Course information session held in July 2022.
Zoom passcode: ca&9?CQW

Click to view the Honours Supervisors Pitch for projects in 2023 or watch the Cloud recording of the Honours Supervisors pitching their projects. Zoom Passcode: 2%QnJ47q

If you are not currently a Deakin student or the file does not open please email hsd-support@deakin.edu.au to request a copy of the projects.

Contact us

Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom
Ph: +61 3 9251 7772

What is involved?

Applications for Honours in 2023 close on 27 November 2022.

To submit your application:

1. Discuss your project preferences with the relevant supervisors.

2. Complete the Honours Project Preference form

Apply for Honours now

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