A course that’s all heart
Health promotion is easy when you have inspiring lecturers to help you complete your degree
HEALTH promotion is about using diverse approaches — such as education, media, environmental change and policy development — to maintain and improve the health of individuals, groups and communities.
Deakin University’s Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion runs at its Burwood campus and takes three years full time. There is also a part-time option.
The course helps students develop knowledge and practical skills to analyse health and illness among communities and populations, and to develop approaches that lead to health improvements.
One of the course’s strengths is its vocational relevance, thanks to the close links between staff and practising professionals in the health, education, environment and planning sectors.
Graduates will be equipped to work in government departments, non-government agencies, local government, hospitals, health councils and foundations, community, primary and women’s-health ser- vices, divisions of general practice, aged care and other human services, health policy, and health public relations.
Depending on the electives chosen, career options vary.
A health-promotion graduate may be qualified to work in areas such as health education, local government, private enterprise, community health, computer services, research, community information, group management, conflict resolution, marketing, human services, health public relations, health policy development and health counselling.
Merissa Judkins was recently appointed general-practitioner services officer at Eastern Ranges GP Association after completing the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion. She valued the staff and industry links and the course content.
‘‘Deakin gave me all the healthpromotion fundamentals and knowledge for my job, but skills such as communication and presentation were also emphasised,’’ she says.
‘‘A lecturer inspired me to get into the social and mental-health side of things. It was great to be taught by people who are so passionate.’’
As a result of her studies, Judkins says: ‘‘I draw on my knowledge and other skills learnt at Deakin 100 per cent . . . daily, even hourly.’’