Why Study Health Science?

Enjoy the rewards of an exciting career that lets you give back

When you work in the health field, you can look forward to valuable and rewarding work helping others in your community feel healthy and happy.

Many people think of doctors when they think of healthcare, but there are a huge range of support and complementary services that are searching
for talented recruits, and you could find yourself working in a huge range of different areas.

  • Imagine a career helping those with injuries learn to walk again, or helping children adjust to prosthetic limbs as an occupational therapist
  • A good diet is essential for health, and as a dietitian or nutritionist you could find yourself advising cancer patients, helping people manage their weight, or working with elite sports people
  • As an exercise scientist or physical therapist, you could be instrumental in keeping your favorite sports team in shape and ready to play
  • Travel the world and take part in medical programs across the planet, helping people in developing nations to care for their children and implement community health programs
  • Become a social worker or psychologist and promote good mental health in your community
  • Take up nursing or midwifery and care for those in need in hospitals, community health clinics, or individual practices.

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Why Deakin Health Science?


Ranked #1 in
graduate satisfaction
in Victoria

(Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2017)


Public health at Deakin ranked in the top 100 worldwide

(2018 Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects)


Ranked World’s
top 2% universities 

(QS World University Rankings, 2017)

Deakin’s Global Obesity Centre is the first to be recognised by the World Health Organization

Gain expertise to transform people’s lives

Everyone deserves to lead a healthy life, but many people find that obstacles with their health stand in their way. This is your chance for a rewarding career where you could help people – whether in Australia or overseas – to lead fuller, healthier and happier lives.

Learn with your peers from other health courses

At Deakin, you’ll engage in multidisciplinary learning. This experience introduces you to working in multidisciplinary teams and helps you to develop an understanding of the expertise and roles of different health professionals.

A broad perspective on your studies

With a regional and rural focus on our courses, you can build on the knowledge and skills you’ll have gained in metropolitan areas.

Get experience in the real world

Our courses have a variety of placements that you carry out throughout the duration of your degree, giving you the chance to gain sought-after skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners.

Become a professional leader and help individuals develop their physical wellbeing. Apply to study Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin today.

Course Information

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is nationally recognised and the field-leading degree of its type in Victoria. The major focus of the course and your learning is to improve performance, health and participation of individuals, athletes and teams through training, coaching and advice.

You will develop the expertise to become a professional leader in exercise and sport science, and have the opportunity to study the biology, technology, behaviour and best practices that underpin exercise and sport science.

Depending on your career aspirations and areas of interest, you could choose to focus your study in specialised major streams such as applied sport science, exercise physiology, physical activity and health, psychology, sport coaching, , sports nutrition, , or strength and conditioning.

This is the first and longest standing undergraduate course in Victoria with an accredited pathway to directly facilitate your capacity to register and practice as an Accredited Exercise Scientist with the peak national accrediting body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

Career Outcomes

As well as traditional roles in the sport, exercise, coaching and fitness industry, you may pursue employment in sports administration, facility management, community health and wellness, rehabilitation or sport science. Other employment opportunities include local and state government agencies, professional sporting bodies, hospital and rehabilitation clinics, fitness and aquatic centres, private health and recreation centres, or large business organisations. The degree is also a common pathway to postgraduate study in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy and research

Professional Recognition

Exercise and Sport Science Australia

The Burwood (Melbourne) campus was the first to achieve ESSA accreditation status in Victoria and recognises our long standing commitment to quality standards in education and curriculum delivery, while this accreditation was additionally awarded for the Waurn Ponds campus in 2015.

From 2018, a restructure and redevelopment of aspects of this course to meet the new ESSA national standards will see all graduates being eligible to apply for accreditation with ESSA as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES).

H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science students who have been awarded Credit for Prior Learning for non-university studies (such as credit for prior learning obtained via TAFE study or Deakin College or overseas qualifications that are not equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree) please note that you may not be eligible for immediate registration with ESSA. This does not mean that ESSA registration is not available to you. What it means is that registration is not automatically granted as a Deakin graduate from the H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science course.

You can still apply to ESSA for membership but you will need to apply on your own directly to ESSA when you have completed your course. Application details can be found on the ESSA website, and you will be required to complete the non-NUCAP form. In the application you will need to demonstrate that you have met the exercise science knowledge and skills requirements.

Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness

Students may wish to avail of the opportunity to gain a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness during their studies. This may be achieved after completing units aligned with the national fitness qualifications training package in addition to some further study with an external registered training organisation.

The certificate III in Fitness permits the ability to work as an Exercise Instructor for group or gym programs, while the certificate IV in Fitness permits the ability to work as a Personal Trainer. Therefore, these qualifications may enhance opportunity for employment and further industry experience to complement your degree and CV upon graduation.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a course that will allow you to become a key driver in the future of dynamic and capable healthcare, policy and systems.

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Explore the growing health and human services sector and tailor your Health Sciences degree to suit your career goals. Combine a solid foundation in health with your choice from our 12 specialised major areas of study.

If you know you want to work in the health and human services sector, our health sciences degree will help you explore the many career paths available. The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a professionally-oriented degree that boasts a newly enhanced suite of 6 core units, taught across the 3 year levels of the degree, equipping you with the core skills and competencies required by contemporary health and human services industries.

In addition, you will choose 2 of the 12 available major sequences, in areas ranging from Health Promotion, Health and Sustainability, and Nutrition, to Disability and Inclusion, Environmental Health, Psychological Science and Exercise Science. Your choice of majors will enable you to tailor your study to your interests and career goals. The degree also offers multiple work-integrated learning opportunities, including a unit in the final year of study in which you will apply your theoretical knowledge in a real-word context.

Whatever your choice of majors, this is the degree to propel you into a rewarding career contributing to the promotion of good health and wellbeing across society.

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Health Sciences provides students with the opportunity to structure their own course by combining two major sequences in health and human services with a wide range of areas according to their own interests and career aspirations. Depending on the major sequences you take and your choice of electives, you could be qualified to work in areas such as health promotion, family and community support, disability inclusion, lifestyle/wellness, health policy development, exercise specialist, food security, physical activity and sports development, and research in health and human services.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Medical Imaging offers training in several techniques from ultrasounds to MRI, preparing undergrads for a career in the medical field.

Course Information

Get the mix of knowledge and clinical expertise needed to launch your career as a registered diagnostic radiographer. With a degree in medical imaging (also known as Medical Diagnostic Radiography) you will be trained in techniques like ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT scan).

Using the latest equipment, you will learn basic x-ray techniques before advancing to more complex medical imaging procedures such as general radiography, digital vascular imaging, mammography, computed tomography (CT), general ultrasound (U/S) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

You will undertake substantial clinical practice in clinical centres, medical imaging clinics and hospitals, as well as at Deakin’s own state-of-the-art medical imaging training unit. Clinical placements typically take place at facilities across rural and regional areas of south-west Victoria. Interstate placements are available and may require some financial input from the participating student.

Other areas of study include medical radiation science linked to principles of medical imaging, biological sciences, plus important professionalism, communication, ethical and legal aspects of health care that will inform and support your future clinical practice.

A degree in medical imaging prepares you for careers in hospital radiology departments, specialist medical facilities and private radiology practices. Final year elective options mean that you can also get the skills to progress into roles in business management, marketing and education within the medical imaging field. Plus, you will develop strong skills in research, which could lead to careers in health or basic science research.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Medical Imaging is designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The course has been awarded the title of ‘accreditation with conditions’ by AHPRA, with statutory direction provided by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA). Possession of an AHPRA/MRPBA Statement of Accreditation means that you are eligible to work in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.

Career Outcomes

The four-year H309 Bachelor of Medical Imaging course will prepare graduates who are qualified to work as skilled practitioners in the broad range of diagnostic medical imaging: general radiography, digital vascular imaging, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The graduates will be eminently employable because the course will provide them with the theoretic grounding, clinical skills, techniques and modality expertise required for independent medical imaging practice.

Possession of an AHPRA/MRPBA Statement of Accreditation enables registered graduates to work in a range of settings, such as small regional clinics, large metropolitan imaging departments, hospitals and specialist medical facilities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada.

A projected shortage of skilled medical imaging practitioners, particularly in rural and regional areas, will assist graduates seeking work.

Within the medical imaging profession, opportunities exist for expansion of the roles of radiographers into business management, marketing, education and research. A range of elective studies in the final year of the course are aimed at preparing students for these positions. Students will also develop skills in research, which could potentially lead to a career in health or basic science research.

Professional Recognition

The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Deakin University Bachelor of Medical Imaging has been awarded ‘accreditation with conditions’ by AHPRA, with statutory direction provided by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).

Note: This course is currently accredited (with conditions) as at the date of publishing.

This undergraduate course will provide you with knowledge of nutrition and wellbeing, built on a strong understanding of food and nutrition sciences.

Course Information

Learn about the fascinating role of food and nutrition in human health and disease prevention.

Today’s emphasis on nutrition science has created a demand for qualified nutrition professionals. As a graduate of this course, you will find opportunities to work in careers requiring knowledge of food, nutrition and health. The course can be used as a pathway into the Master of Dietetics.

Professional Recognition

Enrolled students and graduates can apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australian (NSA). If you choose to undertake the food innovation major sequence, you may also be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

If you are interested in a career in the food industry, you can choose to undertake a food Innovation major sequence, which focuses on the innovative design of healthy foods to meet consumer wants which provides key knowledge and skills for employment as a food scientist in the food industry.

You may also choose to undertake an industry placement or volunteering elective unit to get hands-on experience while completing your degree, or choose an elective overseas study tour.

Career Outcomes

After successfully completing this course you will be well prepared for careers requiring knowledge of nutrition, food and health. If you complete the Food Innovation major, your knowledge of food analysis, sensory evaluation, product development, food safety and food manufacturing will well equip you for careers in the food industry where your knowledge of nutrition, food composition and processing will facilitate the creation and marketing of food products that help to improve health. You may also gain employment in diverse areas including: food policy, food regulation, quality assurance and control, food wholesale and retail, food laboratories and research institutes, nutrition and agribusiness, consumer education and awareness campaigns, private practice, and community nutrition

Add diversity to your degree by undertaking elective units in complementary areas such as health promotion, psychology, physical activity and health or exercise science.

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Enrol in Deakin’s Bachelor of Nursing to gain the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding you need to become a competent and successful registered nurse. This course will prepare you to provide high-quality, patient-centred care in a range of settings.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin is one of the largest in Australia, and is committed to providing excellence in its courses through an emphasis on current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing. You will benefit from the cutting-edge facilities and equipment in our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centres.

Early in your first year you will undertake clinical placement and during the remainder of the course have the opportunity to develop clinical skills and knowledge across a range of health care environments in a variety of clinical practice locations. Under the supervision of registered nurses, you will be part of multidisciplinary health care teams  in acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, aged care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, community nursing and mental health nursing.

As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of government and private sectors including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres.

Career Outcomes

Nursing is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. You will be well prepared to pursue a career as a registered nurse in a range of work areas including: hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities, community health centres, government agencies and industries.

Professional Recognition

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements.

Note: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

Study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course at Deakin and get to work with real people in real communities. View the course outline and apply today.

Course Information

As a qualified occupational therapist you will have the specialised knowledge to improve your clients’ lives – at home and at work – and to promote good health and wellbeing in workplaces. Study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin and get rewarding, real-world training commencing in your first year.

Occupational therapists work collaboratively with people who might have limitations, including those caused by injury, health conditions, delayed development or the effects of ageing. Occupational therapy (OT) interventions are designed to enhance participation in everyday life and may include activities or assistive devices, or modification of home or work environments to facilitate active engagement in work, home, social and leisure activities.

This course draws upon Deakin’s core strengths in health education to ensure you receive a relevant, practical OT education that meets contemporary workforce needs.

Throughout the course, you will get a chance to consolidate your skills through a series of supervised placements which commence in year 1. You will undertake seven different placement opportunities throughout your degree, during 1000 hours of practical work experience in a diverse range of OT practices including: childhood development (including schools and hospitals); acute and rehabilitation hospital settings; community health settings; aged care and more.

You will also benefit from our on-campus clinical skills laboratory which simulates real life settings and enables you to gain the knowledge required to meet the needs of your future clients. Our purpose-built OT lab will give you access to hands-on facilities with a range of assistive technologies and rehabilitation areas in which to practice.

Our occupational therapy staff have extensive experience in a diverse range of OT specialisations. In addition to being world leaders in their fields of research, many of our staff continue to practice their expertise in the real-world.

You can travel around the world with your occupational therapy qualification from Deakin. Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, allowing graduates to practise professionally in Australia and overseas. Our OT graduates have found roles with organisations like Alfred Health, Barwon Health, Karingal and the Department of Education, as well as in various special schools and in private OT practice.

Selected students will have the opportunity to complete an honours year as part of this course.

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities for occupational therapists have never been greater due to a workforce shortage of qualified practitioners in this field. As a graduate of this course you will be able to assist people of all ages to engage in any aspect of daily living. You will help them achieve independence at home, at work and in the community, and help them enhance their quality of life. You may work with children with physical or intellectual disabilities, with people who have had accidents or are suffering from medical problems (e.g. hand therapy), or in aged care. You may work in areas including acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals; schools; community health; mental health; the workplace (such as in occupational health and safety and vocational rehabilitation); government; or in private practice.

Professional Recognition

You can travel around the world with your occupational therapy qualification from Deakin. Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand Ltd) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, allowing graduates to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.

All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

Lead the way to a brighter future by commencing a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion course. Apply today to get your career started.

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Help others and make a difference with a career in health. When you study the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin, you will learn how to tackle health issues and boost the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Public health and health promotion seeks to understand and act on the factors that cause poor health, and those that create and sustain good health. The field relies on diverse approaches, including community engagement, policy development, research, education and the media to address the causes of poor health within populations.

This degree is designed to help you gain skills in industry-recognised competencies. You will develop your knowledge of planning and evaluation, health communication strategies, epidemiology, and health research. Practical work placements give you the chance to gain valuable experience and further develop your expertise in the field, in preparation for careers in the health sector.

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 health care systems globally. Career opportunities exist in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally. You will be qualified for work in areas such as social planning, women’s health, health promotion, community development, health education, policy and planning, health research and program development.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion provides specialist training in public health and health promotion skills. This course will allow you to gain skills in industry-recognised competencies, allowing you to understand and act upon those factors which cause poor health and those factors which create and sustain good health. As a graduate you may qualify to work in positions including health promotion officer, community development officer, social planning officer, health educator, women’s health officer, health policy developer, planning officer, health researcher, program development officer or program evaluator. You may find employment in a diverse range of areas including, but not limited to healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, social inclusion, chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease) and women’s health.

Professional Recognition

Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

Broad and diverse, a Bachelor of Social Work at Deakin will provide you with a progressive and innovative approach to a social work career. Find out more.

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A degree in social work gives you the skills to enhance the wellbeing of people, taking into account the influence of policy, socio-economic factors and social justice issues. You will also become familiar with a range of social research methods and learn how to design and conduct research directly relevant to social work practice.

At Deakin, the Bachelor of Social Work has a particular emphasis on human rights, anti-oppressive practice and the importance of critical reflection.

You will graduate with the professional recognition and the training you need to launch a rewarding career.

With a strong emphasis on progressive, innovative and student-centred teaching practices, we aim to develop highly professional social workers who are able to work alongside individuals, groups and communities to enable social changes that support all people to have a good life.

Social work is part of a growing human services field. As a Social Work graduate you may be involved in activities as diverse as policy development and research, counselling, family therapy, drug and alcohol counselling, community development, refugee assistance and tribunal capacities. Social workers also work as program managers or coordinators, as advocates, facilitators, activists or consultants. You may work in specialist areas such as health, housing, education, or with groups such as the aged, women, youth or multicultural populations.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Social Work is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

The Bachelor of Social Work is offered at pass or Honours level. Students who meet eligibility requirements can apply to enrol in Honours at completion of their third year. The key eligibility criterion being a WAM of 70 or above in the Bachelor of Social Work. H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is then completed in the fourth year where BSW students are expected to undertake a suite of research focused units. It is important to plan your pathway through the Bachelor of Social Work carefully to keep the option of Honours open for the final year. Please see Course Structure Level 4 H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for more information.

Career Outcomes

Social work is part of a growing human services field, with graduates working across local, state and federal government departments; in private and non-government human services organisations; and in various advocacy, policy making and tribunal capacities.

As a Social Work graduate you may be involved in activities as diverse as policy development and research, counselling, family therapy, drug and alcohol counselling, community development, refugee assistance and tribunal capacities. Social workers also work as program managers or coordinators, as advocates, facilitators, activists or consultants. You may work in specialist areas such as health, housing, education, or with groups such as the aged, women, youth or multicultural populations.

Professional Recognition

The course is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Students completing the course are eligible to apply for membership of AASW and can practise professionally throughout Australia.

Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the AASW retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

Develop knowledge and understanding of the visual system with a Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry. Learn more by enquiring today.

Course Information

In this specialised combined degree, you will learn about visual health issues and their impact on communities. You will investigate the structure and function of the visual system, gain skills in clinical assessment, and gain an understanding of management approaches, and ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice. The course will train you in the detection, treatment, and management of eye and vision disorders, and you will graduate with a recognised qualification in optometry.

Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners who are involved in assessing the health and function of the eyes and visual system and the diagnosis and management of a wide range of ocular conditions. Deakin’s combined Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry aims to provide you with the discipline-specific knowledge required to practise as an optometrist throughout Australia and New Zealand.

As you learn about visual health issues and their local and international impact, emphasis is placed on the underlying social and environmental factors that contribute to the health gap between these regional communities and well-served urban population centres.

Clinical placements are an integral part of the program. You will undertake a variety of short-term industry placements and spend the final six months of the course as a ‘student resident’ in one of a range of clinical optometric and medical settings. These extensive rotations take place in both metropolitan and regional or rural settings, and will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and skills in supported environments under the supervision of qualified optometrists.

As a graduate of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and to Medicare as a service provider. Related careers include ophthalmic practice business owner, spectacle retailer, not-for-profit campaigner, and visual simulator designer.

Career Outcomes

Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners who are involved in assessing the health and function of the eyes and visual system and the diagnosis and management of a wide range of ocular conditions, Optometrists work in a variety of health care settings, with the great majority working in a private practice environment – which itself can be very diverse. On a given day, an Australian optometrist may perform a primary visual assessment, manage a newly identified eye disease, prescribe a prescription medicine, or prescribe, fit and dispense optical aids. At the same time, many optometrists are business owners and retailers.

Some optometrists use their qualification to engage in other employment opportunities, such as research, other para-medical practice and work within vision-related non-government organisations.

Following successful completion of the Deakin Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Deakin graduates are well prepared for employment in a diverse range of work settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, health services, state and local governments, non-government organisations, research institutes, tertiary education institutions, private practice, and corporate and community settings. Career and employment opportunities for qualified optometrists include private and public eye care, practice ownership, research and teaching, other ophthalmic practices, and recognised specialties within optometry such as low vision, paediatric vision, and behavioural optometry.

Professional Recognition

Students who successfully complete D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry can apply for registration to practise as an optometrist in Australia. Deakin Optometry has been awarded ‘accreditation with conditions’ by the Optometry Board of Australia, following assessment by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ). Graduates of D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/ Master of Optometry will therefore be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and to Medicare as service providers, making them able to pursue employment opportunities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Note: This course is currently accredited (with conditions) as at the date of publishing.

A Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management) is suited to those seeking a career in senior management in health service delivery.

Course Information

Deakin’s MBA (Healthcare Management) is jointly run and managed by the Deakin Business School and the School of Medicine. It offers the best of both worlds – the core of Deakin’s MBA program and a tailored set of health units designed to prepare you to manage and lead healthcare services in Australia and overseas.

We recognise that the efficient management and delivery of healthcare will be one of the most pressing challenges facing economies over the coming years. The program offers you the opportunity to tailor MBA studies to the particular issues and challenges associated with the healthcare sector. You will learn the very latest in business and management thinking – and have the opportunity to tailor it to healthcare settings.

To excel in a healthcare organisational environment or management role today, you need more than mere business knowledge. You need a comprehensive understanding of the policy context you work in, and skills to formulate and implement strategies that are necessary to operate efficiently and effectively.

To manage the growing challenges of the nation’s health and provision of healthcare, you not only need to understand the health policy and funding context, but also the business end of healthcare delivery such as financing, marketing and economics.

This course offers an advanced combination of business insight and healthcare focus to succeed in this critical area of health service delivery.

Career Outcomes

As healthcare service delivery becomes complex because of changing population, disease profile and medical technology; so has the requirement for qualified healthcare managers increased. There is a pressing need for trained and skilled healthcare executives and leaders in Australia and the Asia-Pacific to lead and manage healthcare service delivery into the future. The Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) course content has been developed in consultation with industry and by academics with several years of industry experience. With the Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) qualification in hand you are well positioned to either progress in your existing healthcare management career or embark as a healthcare manager.

Professional Recognition

In addition to the world-renowned AACSB accreditation, the course has received Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) accreditation . ACHSM is the peak body for Healthcare Executives in the Asia Pacific, their accreditation not only ensures quality and industry relevance, but also enhances graduate employability and networking opportunities. The accredit tions and professional recognition indicate the industry’s appreciation of the quality and relevance of the program to industry needs.

The MBA (Healthcare Management) and the School of Medicine is also associated with the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE), which enables ongoing quality improvement for the course content and alignment with current healthcare management trends and theories.

Boost your career prospects in health with a Master of Health Economics. Learn the analytical and quantitative skills to understand health care financing.

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Are you a health professional or economist interested in furthering your knowledge of health economics in Australia and internationally? At Deakin, you will join the largest health economics team in Australia.

Get specialist training in the application of health economics to health policy, health technology assessment and the health care system.

Deakin’s Master of Health Economics gives graduates from a range of areas – from nursing and pharmacy to business administration and health management and beyond – a strong theoretical foundation plus analytical and quantitative skills to understand the complexities of health care financing.

You will learn skills in health technology assessment, economic evaluation of health interventions, resource allocation and priority setting, healthcare financing, health systems research and the health economics/health policy interface.

You will also receive high-level training in modelling and health technology assessment. As a graduate, you will be able to critically evaluate current research in economic policy and economic evaluation of health services as well as participate effectively in health policy development and debate.

In addition to numerous career opportunities, you will have the opportunity to join Deakin’s leading health economics academics and progress to a PhD at Deakin University.

Career Outcomes

The MHE will prepare students for careers in: the government sector including the Productivity Commission; pharmaceutical and health technology industries; the non-government sector; the health insurance industry; and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In addition, it will provide students with the opportunity to progress to a PhD at Deakin University and pathways to a career in academia.

Expand your knowledge across food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology and more with a Master of Human Nutrition from Deakin.

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Learn the skills to work effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings.

Deakin’s Master of Human Nutrition draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.

In this course, you will develop an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet in the health of individuals and the population. You will also learn about the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition along with skills to evaluate the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.

This course also provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations.

Career Outcomes

Graduates will be equipped to find careers as a nutritionist, nutrition promotion officer and nutrition consultant.

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations such as food industry, state or local government community settings, state and federal health departments, NGOs with a nutrition focus, media or the corporate sector.

Professional Recognition

Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a ‘Register of Nutritionists’ to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers.

This advanced postgraduate course in human nutrition draws content from related disciplines including public health and food science.

Course Information

This is an advanced course in human nutrition which draws content from related disciplines such as public health, food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.

Throughout the course you will develop advanced knowledge of human nutrition, an understanding of the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition, and skills that will enable you to practise effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings.

Career Outcomes

As a graduate of this course, you will find opportunities in a wide range of nutrition positions in government departments, non-government organisations, community sector agencies, food industry and consulting.

Professional Recognition

Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a ‘Register of Nutritionists’ to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers.

Course Information

Become a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health conditions.

Based on an integrative approach to clinical psychology that emphasises evidence-based practice, this course has been designed in consultation with industry partners. Interrelated steams of theory, research and practice provide the skills needed to become a registered psychologist.

Our award winning teaching strategies and learning resources, include simulation and competency-based assessment approaches.

The course is based on the scientist/practitioner model that rests firmly on a foundation of established knowledge and current evidence-based research.

As a student in our clinical training programs, you will have opportunities to develop clinical skills in our unique clinics embedded in our public mental health partners, Eastern Health and Barwon Health and through placements in an array of community agencies. This lets you put your academic knowledge into real-life application, as well as develops your professional identity and practice through early adoption of supervision and professional learning plans.

Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in specific areas or practise in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. In addition to professional practice, clinical psychologists may be involved in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families and groups.

Deakin’s psychology courses are well regarded in the workplace, as are our graduates, with Deakin psychology students highly successful in gaining employment after graduation, and a significant number employed prior to the completion of their studies.

Career Outcomes

Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex. They are often involved in designing and implementing a diverse range of prevention and mental health promotion programs, and may work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults.

Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in specific areas, or practice in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. In addition to professional practice, clinical psychologists may be involved in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families and groups.

Professional Recognition

This course has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in accordance with the Accreditation Standards for Psychology Program (APAC, 2010). These standards are designed for accreditation of programs such as this for pathway to practice as a registered psychologist. As such, this course is approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for the purposes of approving it under the National Law.

On completion of this course graduates may apply to the PsyBA for registration as a psychologist. To obtain endorsement in the Clinical area of specialisation graduates are required to complete two years of approved supervised practice and fulfil professional development requirements.

Acquire the academic, practical and research skills needed for a career in psychology by studying a Master of Organisation Psychology course at Deakin.

Course Information

Work with organisations, teams and individual employees to improve their performance and increase effectiveness and productivity in the workplace.

Organisational psychology is a rapidly growing area of psychology in Australia and around the world. You will be sought-after for your ability to analyse organisations and their people, and devise selection, motivational, developmental, wellbeing and change strategies for organisational, team and individual performance and wellbeing.

The Master of Organisational program at Deakin has very strong research, placement and consulting connections with a large number of external organisations. Deakin regularly welcomes international and local guest lecturers and speakers throughout the year.

Deakin’s psychology courses are well regarded in the workplace, and our graduates are highly successful in gaining employment shortly after graduation. A significant number become employed prior to the completion of their studies.

The Master of Psychology (Organisational) will equip you with the academic, practical and research skills required for accreditation and registration, and for employment in of one of the many organisations employing psychologists with these kinds of skills and experience. Upon completion, the degree qualifies you to register as a generalist psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and also allows you to apply for entry to their approved registrar program to gain endorsement as an organisational psychologist.

Career Outcomes

Organisational psychology is a growth area in psychology. Organisations have come to appreciate the contribution that organisational psychologists can make in areas such as personnel selection, employee motivation, teamwork, employee engagement, communication skills, stress management, employee evaluation, job satisfaction, efficiency and productivity. As a registered and accredited organisational psychologist, you may find employment in one of the many organisations or industries employing psychologists with this kind of specialisation.

Professional Recognition

The Master of Psychology (Organisational) meets the requirements for graduates to register as generalist psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia, and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the College of Organisational Psychologists and endorsement as an Organisational Psychologist following two years of work experience supervised by an organisational psychologist, together with completion of stipulated professional development requirements.

Apply to study a postgraduate Master of Public Health course and help develop and activate solutions to improve health and wellbeing.

Course Information

Help develop and activate solutions to improve health and wellbeing.

This postgraduate degree is perfect for medical professionals, allied health workers and clinicians who are looking for ‘bigger picture’ approaches that improve the health of individuals, populations, the environment and communities.

The Master of Public Health focuses on improving existing health-promoting environments, identifying public health priorities, generating initiatives for policy and action, and developing strategies and interventions to ensure equity in the health system.

The degree’s flexible structure (half core, half elective) allows you to tailor your degree across a number of career pathways to suit your interests and career aspirations.

Career pathways are offered in six areas: applied research, environments for health, health economics and management, health promotion and community development, public health nutrition, public health practice.

Study public health at Deakin to kickstart your career in this important, rapidly-growing industry.

Career Outcomes

Opportunities for graduates exist in government, research, non-government organisations, international non-government organisations, health care, community and other settings, both local and global. Many students enrol in this program to progress in their current roles or to obtain senior positions. The course is also ideal for allied health professionals and medical practitioners looking to expand upon their existing knowledge.

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Singapore Health Scholarship

The Singapore Health Scholarship is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Health Degrees. A 20% tuition fee reduction will be offered to any Singaporean student who meets the requirement.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a WAM equivalent of 65 or above
  • Be a citizen of Singapore
  • Enrol in one of the Health courses stipulated in the course list below:
    • H315 Bachelor of Nutrition Science
    • D301 Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce
    • H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
    • D394 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business
    • H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science
    • H300 Bachelor of Health Sciences
    • H313 Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
    • H757 Master of Public Health
    • H756 Master of Health and Human Services Management
    • H704 Master of Health Economics
    • H759 Master of Health Promotion
    • H748 Master of Nutrition and Population Health
    • H714 Master of Human Nutrition

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