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The Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences involves studying human behaviour, particularly within the context of health services and the social environment. Behavioural and Social Science includes the areas of Psychology, Sociology, Research Methods, and Statistics.

Academic staff have expertise in sociology, psychology, education, demography, epidemiology and research methods. They contribute to teaching in most of the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including research degrees, offered to local and international students by the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Career overview

This course allows students to conduct high-impact, multidisciplinary research that spans across our broad priority research areas of: cancer diagnosis and rehabilitation; communication sciences and disorders; disability and mental health; musculoskeletal health; and physical activity, lifestyle, ageing and well-being. You will work with leaders in allied health and gain advanced research and critical thinking skills that will expand your career prospects.

Featured expert - Associate Professor Lee-fay Low

Lee-fay Low

"We teach our students to think holistically and critically about human health. So rather than learning about human biology, we teach them about the social, political and systemic influences on health. A person’s education, the availability of fresh food where they live, the healthcare available to them all impact on their health.

"We try to give our students case studies and real world problems to work on, to make more clear the relevance of their material.

"The faculty’s multidisciplinary nature and forward thinking perspective is great. My colleagues are wonderful inspiring people to learn from," says Associate Professor Lee-fay Low.


Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences)

Master of Applied Science