The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology) requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
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 (Psychology) 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. Specialisation topics in Psychology aim to equip you with an extended understanding of psychological constructs and apply them to the health setting. 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 completion of the course you will be able to:
- examine how aspects of human behaviour influence health behaviour
- 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
- apply psychological techniques 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 (Psychology) 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
31.5 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)
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A (4.5 units)
PSYC1102 Psychology 1B (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 4.5 units of option topics selected from the following list:
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)
MATH1121 Mathematics 1A (4.5 units)
MATH1701 Mathematics Fundamentals A (4.5 units)
OCCT1001 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (4.5 units)
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I (4.5 units)
PHYT1001 Introduction to Physiotherapy (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
27 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)
PSYC2019 Personality and Social Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC2020 Cognition and Learning (4.5 units)
PSYC2021 Human Development (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 2 topics
Plus 9 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)
Option - Year 3 topics
Plus 13.5 units of option topics selected from the following list:
PSYC2022 Psychological Assessment and Measurement (4.5 units)
PSYC3003 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3004 Advanced Social Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3008 Applied Cognitive Psychology (4.5 units)
PSYC3009 Lifespan Development in Cultural Perspective (4.5 units)
PSYC3010 Mind, Brain and Behaviour (4.5 units)
PSYC3236 Forensic Psychology: Legal and Clinical (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 3 topics
Plus 13.5 units of elective topics at upper level from across the University where entry requirements are met.
Refer to Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)