Health sciences


If you’re looking to discover your passion in the health industry, a course in health sciences allows you to create a qualification that suits your aspirations. Become a specialist in the health sector by hand-picking study areas that fascinate you.

Get work-ready

A rewarding career in a health-related field gives you the chance to reduce health disparity and to help people – whether in Australia or overseas – to lead fuller, healthier and happier lives. You'll have the chance to enhance your employment prospects and consolidate your knowledge and skills through an industry placement or volunteer unit, while also learning in our state-of-the-art facilities like the $53m Regional Community Health Hub (REACH).


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.

Become a highly sought-after specialist

The health and human services sector is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in Australia and the world. With ageing populations and public health issues like obesity, heart disease, and chronic illness on the rise, employability in the sector is strong, and continually increasing.

A health sciences degree allows you to concentrate your studies on up to three specialised health-related areas from our 13 options. That means you'll gain unique knowledge and be able to combine related disciplines, making you a highly sought-after graduate within the growing health sector.

Join a sector with a healthy future

The health care and social assistance industry is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia. It’s projected to grow 14.2% by November 2025. Health professionals overall will also experience strong future growth, growing 15.2% by November 2025.*

Career opportunities

Depending upon your specialisations, your health sciences degree can prepare you for work in the following roles and fields:

  • case manager
  • disability support planner
  • family/community/
    refugee/Indigenous project officer
  • environmental and sustainability officer
  • exercise specialist
  • food and nutrition policy developer
  • food scientist
  • health and sports marketer or PR officer
  • health educator or counsellor
  • health promotion officer
  • international aid worker
  • lifestyle and wellness professional
  • medical biotechnology researcher
  • nutrition and health promotion coordinator
  • policy adviser
  • public health practitioner
  • regional health service planner.

Create your own career path

You can become a specialist in two to three major areas with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. Combining your interests in multiple majors can increase your competitiveness for a variety of health roles. Use our interactive guide to discover your options at Deakin.

Learn more about career pathways (PDF, 205.1 KB)

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.

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Research with us

If you’re passionate about health sciences, a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) paves the way to a higher degree by research. Deakin's research in medical and health sciences was awarded the highest possible ranking in 2018.* Your research can be undertaken through our research centres and clusters, including CHASE and Institute for Health Transformation.

Learn more about researching with us

Study a Bachelor of Health Science at Deakin

Shala's story

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Lily's story

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Tailor your degree to suit your passions and interests with a Bachelor of Heath Sciences at Deakin.

Research supervisors in health

Dr Elyse Warner and Dr Hayley McKenzie talk about their experience supervising honours students, and their research interests covering the importance of housing in health and wellbeing, and low-income single parents and their experience with the welfare and child support system.


*Labour Market Information Portal, 2020 Employment Projections – for the five years to November 2025.

*2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)