Public health nutrition


Gain the practical and research experience to help your local community or participate in global health projects. Through a career in public health nutrition you can help prevent disease, encourage healthier lifestyles and promote equal access to health care.

Get work-ready

Undertake work experience to help you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, so you'll be ready to help improve the health of populations. Learn to describe, understand and anticipate complex behaviour and environments relevant to public health nutrition problems in the real world.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

It's my goal to work with vulnerable people and communities, improving health outcomes both in Australia and abroad.

Sophie Jamieson

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition/Master of Dietetics

Career opportunities

The world is getting unhealthier with the increase of sedentary lifestyles and poor diets. This means employment opportunities for healthcare and nutrition professionals are on the rise. There are many different fields you could work in to help others, including:

  • advocacy and partnerships coordination
  • community development
  • health education and promotion
  • planning and program evaluation
  • project and program management
  • women's, children's and refugee health.

Study with experts in public health nutrition

Study with a wide range of experts in the varied fields and have contact with key researchers who are furthering our understanding of many aspects of public health nutrition.

Research with us

Do your research with one of the best faculties in Australia. We have six relevant strategic research centres to assist you, including the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

Learn more about researching with us

Who we work with

We work with a range of public bodies and not-for-profit organisations committed to keeping Australia healthy. Some of these include:

  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Dairy Australia
  • Diabetes Australia – Vic
  • Disability Sports Victoria
  • Food Australia
  • Geelong Football Club
  • Heart Foundation
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.

Deakin alumni – get a head start with your postgraduate fees

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about Deakin's alumni postgraduate bursary

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