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The Bachelor of Letters (Health) is a 108-unit program that must be studied concurrently with another Bachelor degree at an approved Australian higher education institution, for which 72 units of block credit will be awarded on completion of the requirements of the other degree. The Bachelor of Letters (Health) is normally studied part-time over three years concurrently with the other Bachelor degree, thus adding one extra year to the overall study program. It is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The Health stream will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
To gain entry into the Bachelor of Letters an applicant must be enrolled in a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) at an approved Australian higher education institution.
The course aims to produce graduates who can understand the evidence-base of health issues and who can apply the knowledge from their chosen area of health study. Graduates of this degree will be able to add their additional health knowledge to their first degree in order to broaden their professional skill base.
At the completion of the award, students will be expected to demonstrate:
- understanding of the fundamental knowledge relevant to the health specialisation under study
- understanding of individual, social and environmental perspectives of the health specialisation under study
- critical analysis of health outcomes for individuals and communities
- application of critical thinking and evidence-based approach to analysis of health issues
- critical appraisal of health policy
- articulation of international and global issues in health
- understanding of inter-professional, ethical and cross-cultural dimensions of health
- understanding of the impact of social determinants on the health of Indigenous peoples
- engagement in health-related research
- exploration of opportunities for innovation and enterprise in health.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Letters (Health), a student must complete the required program of study for his/her other bachelor degree, and 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
No topic may be counted towards both the Bachelor of Letters and the student’s other bachelor degree.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Stream - Health
18 units comprising:
HLTH1012 Indigenous Health for Health Sciences (4.5 units)
HLTH1306 Contemporary Health Issues in Australia (4.5 units)
HLTH2101 Critical Social Analysis of Health (4.5 units)
HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research (4.5 units)
Plus 18 units comprising any of:
AGES1001 Foundation Skills in Ageing Studies (4.5 units)
AGES1002 Attitudes, Language and Communication Influencing the Experience of Ageing (4.5 units)
AGES1004 Mental Health and Psychological Well-being in Later Life (4.5 units)
AGES1010 The Experience of Dementia: People Perspectives (4.5 units)
AGES1011 Enhancing Life with Meaningful Activities (4.5 units)
AGES1012 Quality Care and Support for People with Dementia (4.5 units)
AGES2002 Enabling Environments for Older People (4.5 units)
AGES2010 Age as an Asset: Productive Ageing (4.5 units)
DSRS1201 Perspectives on Disability (4.5 units)
DSRS1202 Disability Across the Life Course (4.5 units)
DSRS1206 Health Issues and Disability (4.5 units)
DSRS1209 Human Diversity (4.5 units)
DSRS1210 Interpersonal and Interprofessional Communication (4.5 units)
DSRS1215 Introduction to Communication Diversity and Support Needs (4.5 units)
DSRS1216 Introduction to Principles of Learning (4.5 units)
HLTH1003 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care (4.5 units)
HLTH1004 Human Bioscience (4.5 units)
HLTH1101 Health Promotion for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
HLTH1304 Interpersonal and Interprofessional Communication (4.5 units)
HLTH2105 Health: A Psychological Perspective (4.5 units)
HLTH2106 Project Management for Health Promotion (4.5 units)
HLTH3108 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management (4.5 units)
NUTD1101 The Australian Table: An Introduction to Food and Food Culture (4.5 units)
NUTD1105 Food Systems (4.5 units)
NUTD1106 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health (4.5 units)
NUTD2101 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle (4.5 units)
NUTD2105 Individual, Social and Environmental Perspectives on Food Consumption (4.5 units)