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Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Boost your understanding of health through a specialised year of study to bring together the theory and practical skills gained in your undergraduate studies.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
1 year full-time
Course Code
H412, 069124G
Study Mode
In person

About this course

Boost your understanding of health through a specialised year of study to bring together the theory and practical skills gained in your undergraduate studies. The Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion honours year will see you work within a specific area of expertise, sharpen your research skills and graduate with a competitive edge in the fast-growing global health job market.

Want to conduct in-depth research and further your career in the global health industry?

Expand on your general understanding of health, and the factors that contribute to community and population health by delving deeper into a research area of your choice. Undertaking this honours year offers you a specialised year of study, combining the theory and practical skills from your undergraduate degree or previous work experience to conduct in-depth research into a topic of your choice.

Alongside engaging coursework, you will hone in on your passion in the field of health, working closely with a supervisor to delve deep into an original research project to sharpen your expertise.

You will gain a deep understanding of the philosophies, ethics and principles of research and explore a range of research approaches and how they can best contribute to positively influencing public health.

As well as this, you will have the chance to equip yourself with extra skills to ensure you graduate career ready, such as communication, data management and the planning, implementing and reporting of research studies.

With a variety of public health issues affecting healthcare systems globally, job growth in the sector is increasing. There are career opportunities in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally. You will be qualified for work in areas such as health promotion and education, policy and planning and research.

The research experience and knowledge that you will gain in this honours year also acts as a pathway to undertaking a masters or doctoral research program.

Study locations

Burwood (Melbourne)

Career pathways

Job growth in the health sector continues to increase as public health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles and ageing populations affect healthcare systems globally.

Career opportunities in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally include:

  • community development coordinator
  • health policy developer
  • health promotion officer
  • health researcher
  • program development coordinator
  • program evaluator
  • social planning officer
  • women's health officer.

You may find employment in a diverse range of areas, including:

  • chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease)
  • healthy eating
  • mental health
  • physical activity
  • social inclusion
  • women's health.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points, including two coursework units in research methods and research issues and an independent research project. Part-time students are required to complete the coursework components in their first year of study.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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