The Bachelor of Health Sciences requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
An Honours year is also available to students who have completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences or another qualification which the Dean (Education) (upon recommendation of the Honours Committee) agrees is equivalent; and achieved a GPA of at least 5 in the ordinary degree. Honours can be taken in two semesters full-time or in four semesters part-time.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a multidisciplinary degree that aims to comprehensively prepare you for a career in the diverse modern healthcare environment. The flexible program of study begins with core topics providing a fundamental understanding of anatomy and physiology, health systems, and social and psychological determinants of health and well-being essential to health practice. Elective topics provide you with the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to a broad range of health-related topics, or a more focused program of study through one of the specialisations. You will develop the ability to critically approach new challenges in contemporary healthcare, and be equipped to enter the workforce in a variety of health related sectors, or pursue postgraduate studies in a health related discipline.
On successful completion of the course, graduates should be able to:
- utilise social and psychological theories through both local and global social health perspectives to address issues across a range of health care contexts
- critically analyse and integrate health science research to develop, implement and evaluate innovative solutions to complex health issues
- evaluate the implications of ethical, legal and research concepts to professional practice
- effectively communicate disciplinary knowledge across a variety of public contexts
- work both autonomously and collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams
- engage in reflective practice supporting ongoing self-development and enabling articulation of one’s own values and respect for others
- advocate for creative, evidence-based solutions to social health issues that incorporate the views of all stakeholders
- integrate knowledge of impacts of the social determinants of health on Indigenous and other cultural groups to advocate for change
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Health Sciences a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or failure to complete the course within eight consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.
Core - Year 1 topics
22.5 units comprising:
HLTH1004 Human Bioscience (4.5 units)
HLTH1010 Research and Study Skills 1 (4.5 units)
HLTH1012 Indigenous Health for Health Sciences (4.5 units)
HLTH1304 Interpersonal and Interprofessional Communication (4.5 units)
HLTH1306 Contemporary Health Issues in Australia (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 13.5 units of option topics selected from the following list:
AGES1002 Attitudes, Language and Communication Influencing the Experience of Ageing (4.5 units)
BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
BIOL1112 Biology and Society (4.5 units)
BUSN1012 Management, People and Organisations (4.5 units)
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)
CHEM1202 Chemistry for Life Sciences (4.5 units)
HLTH1011 Introduction to Digital Health (4.5 units)
HLTH1101 Health Promotion for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)
MATH1121 Mathematics 1A (4.5 units)
MATH1122 Mathematics 1B (4.5 units)
MATH1701 Mathematics Fundamentals A (4.5 units)
MATH1702 Mathematics Fundamentals B (4.5 units)
OCCT1001 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (4.5 units)
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I (4.5 units)
PHYS1102 Fundamental Physics II (4.5 units)
PHYS1702 Physics for Health Sciences (4.5 units)
PHYT1001 Introduction to Physiotherapy (4.5 units)
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A (4.5 units)
STAT1122 Biostatistics (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
13.5 units comprising:
HLTH2101 Critical Social Analysis of Health (4.5 units)
HLTH2105 Health: A Psychological Perspective (4.5 units)
HLTH2107 Research and Study Skills 2 (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 2 topics
Plus 22.5 units of elective topics at upper level from across the University where entry requirements are met
Core - Year 3 topics
9 units comprising:
HLTH3112 Research and Study Skills 3 (4.5 units)
HLTH3116 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 3 topics
Plus 27 units of elective topics at upper level from across the University where entry requirements are met
Refer to Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
The Bachelor of Health Sciences may also be studied in the following double degrees programs which have different entry requirements. Please refer to the below course rules:
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.