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.


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, growing 14.2% by November 2025

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 policy developer
  • health promotion officer
  • international aid worker
  • lifestyle and wellness professional
  • medical biotechnology researcher
  • nutrition and health promotion coordinator
  • policy adviser
  • regional health service planner.

Choosing Deakin has helped me form a clear pathway for my future. I have been fortunate to meet people with whom I've made connections with in the industry.

Bethany Griffiths

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts

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:

Learn more about researching with us

*2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Study a Bachelor of Health Science at Deakin

Shala's story

Deakin's Bachelor of Health Sciences allows you to explore all areas of the health sector, one of the largest and fastest growing industries in Australia and around the world.

Lily's story

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David's story

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


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

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