Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Gain a solid foundation in health sciences, benefit from workplace learning and specialise in your chosen field via Deakin's Bachelor of Health Sciences.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 60.05
Waurn Ponds: 55.40
Warrnambool: N/A
Cloud: N/A
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Cloud (online)

Course information

Explore the growing health and human services sector and tailor your Health Sciences degree to suit your career goals. Combine a solid foundation in health with your choice from our 12 specialised major areas of study.

If you know you want to work in the health and human services sector, our health sciences degree will help you explore the many career paths available. The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a professionally-oriented degree that boasts a newly enhanced suite of 6 core units, taught across the 3 year levels of the degree, equipping you with the core skills and competencies required by contemporary health and human services industries.

In addition, you will choose 2 of the 12 available major sequences, in areas ranging from Health Promotion, Health and Sustainability, and Nutrition, to Disability and Inclusion, Environmental Health, Psychology and Exercise Science. Your choice of majors will enable you to tailor your study to your interests and career goals. The degree also offers multiple work-integrated learning opportunities, including a unit in the final year of study in which you will apply your theoretical knowledge in a real-word context.

Whatever your choice of majors, this is the degree to propel you into a rewarding career contributing to the promotion of good health and wellbeing across society.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to one credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 6 core units (these are compulsory) and 2 major sequences of study from the Faculty of Health. A maximum of 6 credit points may be selected from units offered by other faculties.

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data HBS108
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Australian Health Care System HSH211
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Population Health: A Research Perspective HSH219
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Program Planning, Management and Evaluation HSH323
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Integrated Learning for Practice HSH324
  • Major Sequences

    The following majors and minors are available within the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

    Availability of majors and minors at each campus varies, including majors offered through Deakin Learning Centres. Refer to the details of each major for campus and Deakin Learning Centre availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Health Sciences
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400314301 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614301 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400714301 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    H300
    CRICOS code
    052823G
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
    Deakin Learning Centre course codes

    Deakin Learning Centre students must enrol in the course code applicable to their centre

    > Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong H300DA
    > Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn H300CR
    > Werribee Learning Centre H300WE

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
      • Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
      • Werribee Learning Centre
      • Cloud (online)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
      • Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
      • Werribee Learning Centre
      • Cloud (online)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud (online)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Work experience

    Work-integrated learning is incorporated within this course, allowing students the opportunity to engage with industry and complete a range of authentic tasks. A core unit at third-year level, based on inter-professional learning (IPL), provides students the opportunity to draw together their cross-disciplinary learning to demonstrate the knowledge and the skills they have acquired throughout the course and apply them to real-world issues. HSH324 Integrated Learning for Practice, involves interdisciplinary teams working to develop responses to real-world problems for presentation to a professional audience.

    Students have the option to complete a 120-hour field education placement unit (HSH322 Health Science Practicum) that provides you with an opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to a practical setting, where you can further your learning through realistic field experience. This placement enables you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

     All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

     Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline

    OR

    • a Diploma in any discipline

    OR

    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units

    OR

    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    $8,745 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    The Bachelor of Health Sciences provides students with the opportunity to structure their own course by combining two major sequences in health with a wide range of areas according to their own interests and career aspirations. Depending on the major sequences you take and your choice of electives, you could be qualified to work in areas such as health promotion, health education, community health, family and community support, health marketing, health and sport public relations, health policy development, nutrition and research in health areas.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Integrate and apply a broad and coherent knowledge of the determinants of health and illness, health and social data, health equity, cultural diversity, human rights, public policy, health and social systems, and ethical practice, to plan, implement and evaluate programs relevant to health and community services sectors.

    Communication

    Use a range of modes of communication to engage and facilitate groups, organisations and culturally diverse communities as well as communicate discipline specific knowledge to a variety of audiences such as professionals, government and non-government representatives, community members, clients and/or patients.

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use appropriate technologies to source, interpret, evaluate, adapt, collate and disseminate relevant information to professional networks and communities in an ethical and professional manner.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse evaluate and synthesise relevant discipline specific issues and contemporary literature/research within the health and social services field, applying an evidence-based approach.

    Problem Solving

    Apply best practice and respond effectively using well-developed cognitive and creative skills within an evidence-based framework to identify, research, analyse, generate and provide practical solutions to a range of changing, diverse and complex health issues, contributing new insights, solutions or understanding.

    Self-management

    Employ independent, self-directed work and learning practices in a responsible manner, including self-reflection, in order to practice professionally and contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations.

    Teamwork

    Establish and facilitate collaborative professional relationships, adapting roles and working as part of interdisciplinary teams with a range of stakeholders to advance the health science field.

    Global Citizenship

    Reflect on a variety of viewpoints, attitudes and beliefs, including one’s own, to engage ethically in professional practice and foster capacity building in health sciences within globally diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Learning Centre

    Applicants for courses offered at a Deakin Learning Centre can be made directly to Deakin online or via the application form.

    PDF Learning centre application  - 189 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    The Bachelor of Health Sciences can be used as an excellent pathway to postgraduate study including:

    Master of Public Health

    Master of Health Promotion

    Master of Health Economics

    Master of Health and Human Services Management

    Master of Human Nutrition

    Master of Dietetics

     

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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