Health and medical science


Develop your research and investigative skills in a wide range of health and medical science fields. From biological sciences to clinical practice and medical ethics, as a graduate you'll be highly sought after for both private and government roles.

Get work-ready

Conducting work experience will help you become more employable, along with industry placements working alongside leaders of their fields. If you're looking to discover your passion in the health and medical science sector, the final year of study in this course lets you create a qualification that suits your unique career aspirations.


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.

Career opportunities

Public health at Deakin is ranked in the top 200 worldwide.* After building your knowledge with industry-leading staff, your career paths may include:

  • academia
  • entry into a higher degree (masters or PhD) program
  • medical research.
Invent the future of medical science

Invent the future of medical science

The honours year gives you the opportunity to use and expand your knowledge by pursuing a research project. This will give you entry requirements for a higher degree – masters or PhD.

Our community

We've established a wealth of partnerships that will help your work-integrated learning as well as your career beyond university. Our strategic research centres and partners include:

  • Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine
  • CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory
  • Geelong Centre for Emerging Infections Diseases
  • The Kardinia Health GP Superclinic
  • Metabolic Research Unit (MRU)
  • The Molecular and Medical Research Strategic Research Centre (MMR)
  • Psychiatric Health and Epi-Centre for Healthy Ageing Strategic Research Centre
  • National Centre for Farmer Health 
  • The Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre
  • University Hospital Geelong.

Our teaching style is practice-based and solution-oriented so students have what it takes to influence the health of populations.

Colin Bell

Head of School of Health and Social Development

Research with us

This fourth year sets you up for research. Got a great idea that the world needs? Then honours year is for you. Deakin’s School of Medicine has established a reputation for research excellence, backed by success with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Learn more about researching with us


*2020 Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

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