Health and sustainability


Our courses offer you the opportunity to broaden practice to address significant environmental issues that impact on health, such as climate change, ecosystem degradation and food security.

Get work-ready

You'll learn how to identify and predict the impact of human behaviours and policy on natural systems and ecological sustainability. Use your real-world experience gained through fieldwork to propose strategies that apply the principles of environmental sustainability and health promotion. Be ready to lead change in your community in what is a fast-growing sector.


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.

Our unique approach

Health and sustainability is a unique area to Deakin. Issues such as climate change and access to affordable, healthy food are covered in other environment courses, but at Deakin we specifically focus on how these issues affect the health of communities and individuals.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you'll be able to help create resilient and sustainable communities through research, public programs and private contracts in areas such as:

  • community health
  • resilient community programs
  • food security
  • local government initiatives
  • state and federal government in policy and program development
  • local government initiatives
  • state and federal government in policy and program development
  • women's health programs
  • international NGO food, health and climate change adaptation programs
  • nature-based education programs.

I am interested in working in public health, and selected politics/policy studies to gain a better understanding of how public policy is developed and its impacts.

Isabella Ryan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences

Research that makes a difference

If you're passionate about health and sustainability, you can also complete a higher degree by research. Research can be undertaken through our research groups.

Research related to this discipline is conducted by our research group, the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group

Learn more about researching with us

Our community

Students studying in this area can join the broader Deakin student community and become involved in extra activities, such as the community gardens located at our Geelong Waurn Ponds and Melbourne Burwood Campuses. Students can also join the Deakin Sustainable Food Movement and help make a difference in the way we view food as a community.

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