Family, society and health


Delve into the issues facing contemporary families and prepare yourself for a career in welfare, community or preventative health. Explore the link between healthy human development and households, economic wellbeing, and the need for supportive environments.

Get work-ready

Consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, so you can be ready to change lives the moment you graduate. With ageing populations and public health issues on the rise, such as obesity and chronic illness, governments around the world are increasing emphasis on disease prevention and treatment. This is forcing employability in the sector to remain strong and is continually increasing.


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, 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.

A wide-reaching discipline

Family is at the heart of individual and community health. If you're passionate about making a difference at a grass-roots level, a course in family, society and health could be for you. This discipline complements many other areas in health, so you could end up working in the preventative health sphere or community and welfare.

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Career opportunities

You can gain employment with the government (e.g. Department of Human Services, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare or Centrelink), welfare providers (e.g. Anglicare, Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul), health services, accommodation services or in the area of health promotion.

Related roles include:

  • community worker
  • family counsellor
  • family nutritionist
  • policy analyst
  • public health officer
  • public health researcher
  • welfare worker
  • health promotion practitioner.

I have been fortunate to meet people with whom I've made connections in the industry and have received employment out of some of these relationships.

Bethany Griffiths

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts

Make a difference in your community

If you're passionate about family, society and health, you can also complete a higher degree by research. Our industry connections allow you to work with Austin, Northern and Western Health.

Research can be undertaken through our research group, CHASE.

Learn more about researching with us

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