Health promotion


Health promotion practitioners are the pioneers of 'upstream health care' – designing public programs to keep individuals and communities healthy and well. Our courses will give you the theoretical and practical grounding to start changing lives for the better.

Get work-ready

Develop your practical skills in health education, health communication, health planning and health management. Job growth in the health sector continues to increase as public health issues affect healthcare systems globally. Through personalised fieldwork, we'll help you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, so you can be work‑ready after graduation.


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.

Build practical skills

Deakin's health promotion degrees will give you real-world experience – you'll work on actual health programs and research as part of your study. Gain close access to our wide range of industry connections and partnerships, including the Austin, Northern Health, and Western Health.

Graduate in demand with 301,000 new jobs by 2026

The healthcare and social assistance industry is the largest growing employment sector in Australia. It’s projected to grow by nearly 16% by November 2026 with 301,000 new jobs created.*

Career opportunities

Choose to work in a career that can positively affect the health of whole populations, small communities, or individuals. Roles include:

  • aged and disability services officer
  • community development officer
  • health and wellbeing officer
  • health educator
  • health education program officer
  • health promotion officer
  • marketing or communications officer
  • partnerships coordinator
  • policy development (national/international social health and wellbeing)
  • primary care partnership managers
  • program development officer
  • program evaluator
  • project officer
  • social planning and activities coordinator
  • youth services officer.

Graduate with professional recognition

Deakin’s health promotion courses are fully accredited by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). This means health promotion graduates can secure global recognition and register with IUHPE as a registered Health Promotion Practitioner.

Graduates may also be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and obtain professional accreditation as a Health Promotion Practitioner with the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

These accreditations are available to graduates of the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences – Health Promotion major
  • Master of Health Promotion.

Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin - Lily's Story

You can tailor your degree to suit your career goals by combining a solid foundation in health with your choice from our 13 majors. Your dream job in health awaits. This is Lily's story.

Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin - Lily's Story

Deakin is one of the only universities that combined the areas of health and marketing, so this made my decision much easier.

Courtney Dufty

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

Research that makes a difference

As a researcher, you’ll have access to our partnerships with local industry giving you access to cutting-edge health promotion practice. We also have six strategic research centres related to this discipline to assist you.

Some of our partnerships include:

  • Barwon Health
  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Diabetes Australia
  • Heart Foundation

Learn more about our research

  • VARTA: Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.


*2021 Employment Outlook - for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission​.