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What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
· Ambulance services
· Community health
· Disability studies
· Environmental health
· Health promotion
Nutrition and dietetics
To find out which institutions have courses with these specialisations, use
the Index on page 427.
What you're in for
The health services and support field encompasses a wide range
of professions. Some health workers focus on running things
(such as those in health administration); some on advising and
educating people (health promotion or occupational health and
safety); some on working for or advising public agencies and
other organisations (public health); and some on delivering health
services (radiography or nutrition). There are also many degrees
in complementary health disciplines, such as homoeopathy,
naturopathy, acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine, which
offer an alternative to Western approaches.
Before commencing tertiary study, it is likely that you have little
knowledge about the breadth of courses and occupations in this
field. We strongly recommend that you research the course you
are interested in and ask the provider to suggest organisations
that employ people in the field so that you can get a better feel for
it. You may be surprised how pleased people are to talk about
their work, even if you contact them out of the blue.
If you are interested in health services you should also see what's
on offer in associated health-related fields (dentistry, nursing,
medicine, psychology, rehabilitation and veterinary science) and
welfare-related fields (social work).
Courses and specialisations
Remember that degrees in this field will not always be called
'health' or 'health science'; many will be named after their
specialisations (such as a Bachelor of Oral Health or Bachelor of
Health Promotion). You should also note that many of these
courses will be narrowly focused on preparing students for
particular occupations. This can be great, but make sure that it's
what you want or that you can change focus down the track if you
Where to study
Many health professionals, such as medical imaging
technologists and osteopaths, need professional registration in
order to gain accreditation to practise, so check that your course
meets the requirements of your chosen occupation before you
apply. When it comes to choosing a particular institution or course
you might also consider the amount of practical training you will
receive, the clinical facilities available and (depending on your
interests) whether the faculty or college utilises any of the
increasingly popular online technologies that simulate the
practical aspects of the work.
Health services courses are generally quite tough to get into,
maybe due to the fact that they include a few rare and popular
courses, some that are dramatic and exciting (paramedics) and
others that are closely related to increasingly important roles that
promote healthy lifestyles and workplaces (nutrition and
occupational health and safety). Entry difficulty does, however,
vary between specialisations - some remain very accessible.
To compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the 'How
tough is it to get in?' tables in Section 4.
A new degree structure, which has already been established in
some fields at selected institutions, is becoming increasingly
popular in health sciences. The structure follows a US-style
model where undergraduates enter a general pre-professional
degree (perhaps in science, health science or applied science)
and progress to a postgraduate qualification in their professional
BECOME PART OF ONE OF THE
Let a Deakin Health degree help you on your pathway to career success.
Deakin offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in health,
psychology, nursing, optometry, nutrition and sport.
Our flexible courses give you the option of studying how, when and where you want.
Visit deakin.edu.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
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