Discover the health and community services course for you
Make a genuine difference to people’s quality of life by pursuing a career in health. Our health and community services courses can launch you into a range of job opportunities across the hospital, private practice, corporate and government sectors.
Undergraduate (your first degree)
An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.
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, masters 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.
Join the #1 Victorian university for course satisfaction
Learn from teachers with strong industry links and gain a world-class education by interning, volunteering and working in multidisciplinary teams during your degree.
Choose a health degree that will get you work ready
Our health and community services courses are developed in consultation with industry and designed to ensure you gain the skills employers want.
Work in a rural community
Many of our courses have a rural and regional focus that helps to address the significant health workforce shortage in these communities. Your rural or regional placement complements knowledge and skills gained in metropolitan settings.
A multidisciplinary approach
Our complementary health streams help you develop an understanding of the expertise and roles of different health and community services professionals who you might work alongside in your future career.
Gain real-world experience
Graduate work ready with extensive placement opportunities. Gain valuable skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
Join the fastest-growing industry in Australia
The healthcare and social assistance sector is Australia’s largest employer, providing jobs to over 2.1 million people or about 8% of the population.* As a Deakin health and community services graduate, you’ll have the grounding in multiple fields to prepare yourself for a successful career in the fastest-growing employment sector in Australia.
Roles in the healthcare and social assistance sector are projected to grow by 301,000 new jobs or 15.8% by 2026 according to Australian Government employment projections.^
- 74,900 new jobs for aged and disability carers
- 9500 new jobs for health and welfare services managers
- 4500 new jobs for occupational and environmental health professionals.
Studying a Deakin health and community services course can open the door to professional recognition and accreditation. Depending on your course or major, you may be eligible for registration with Australian and global bodies, including:
- International Union for Health Promotion and Education
- Nutrition Society of Australia
- Hong Kong Nutrition Association
- UK Association for Nutrition
- Occupational Therapy Council of Australia
- World Federation of Occupational Therapists
- Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
Benefit from industry-leading facilities
Whether it be in our state-of-the-art food analysis and sensory labs, occupational therapy simulated spaces featuring home automation technology or our Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science building, you’ll enjoy world-class facilities throughout your studies.
For my course, I liked the variety of majors/minors Deakin offered. This gave me an opportunity to explore my interests and work out which areas of health I wanted to work in. This was extremely important to me as I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to be.
Bachelor of Health Sciences graduate
World-class teaching experiences
With real growth comes real employment outcomes. By studying health at Deakin you’ll be immersed in world-leading research and gain access to unrivalled facilities. Combined with extensive fieldwork and placement opportunities, you’ll graduate highly skilled and work ready.
Leading health research
Research at Deakin is making a difference across the health spectrum and feeds directly into the development of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which means that you’ll graduate with knowledge from the cutting edge of science.
Expand your horizons
Connect with the world through faculty-led programs, short-term study programs, international internships and volunteering. If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, you can also take part in our exchange programs. This offers the opportunity to combine study and cultural immersion while gaining credit towards your degree.
Want to explore more?
- Which health degree is right for you?
- Which postgraduate health course is for you?
- How placement sets you up for a successful health sciences career
Which health degree is right for you?
Want to study health but don’t know where to start? There are many options to consider when it comes to choosing which health degree is right for you.
Which postgraduate health course is for you?
Keen to take the next step in your health career and expand your skills with a masters degree? Learn which Deakin health course is right for you.
How placement sets you up for a successful health sciences career
Discover how completing a placement as part of your health sciences degree will prepare you with the real-world skills for a successful career.
*ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, February 2023, seasonally adjusted
^ National Skills Commission employment projections 2021
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.