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Why do honours in health and social development?

Honours shows employers that you’re a high achiever with critical reading, thinking and project management skills.

Why do honours in health and social development?

An 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.

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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

View recording of our honours course information session held in July 2023 (Zoom passcode = Fz5$M8=K)

View our honours supervisors pitch for projects in 2024 (XLSX, 29.6KB)

View recording of our honours supervisors pitching their projects (Zoom passcode: 0?j5$?mt)

If you are not currently a Deakin student or the file does not open please email to request a PDF of project proposals.

Contact us

If you are interested in honours please contact Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom.