Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Help to develop the health and wellbeing of individuals and the communities we live in with Deakin's Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 74
Waurn Ponds: 68.3
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Waurn Ponds (Geelong) not available to international students

Course information

Help others and make a difference with a career in health. When you study the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin, you will learn how to tackle health issues and boost the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Public health and health promotion seeks to understand and act on the factors that cause poor health, and those that create and sustain good health. The field relies on diverse approaches, including community engagement, policy development, research, education and the media to address the causes of poor health within populations.

This degree is designed to help you gain skills in industry-recognised competencies. You will develop your knowledge of planning and evaluation, health communication strategies, epidemiology, and health research. Practical work placements give you the chance to gain valuable experience and further develop your expertise in the field, in preparation for careers in the health sector.

Job growth in the health sector continues to increase as public health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles, and ageing populations affect health care systems globally. Career opportunities exist in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally. You will be qualified for work in areas such as social planning, women’s health, health promotion, community development, health education, policy and planning, health research and program development.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion 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 16 core units (these are compulsory) and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study), that can be taken from any faculty.

16

Compulsory units

8

Elective units

24

Total units

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion HSH111
  • Local and Global Environments for Health HSH112
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data HBS108
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Local and Global Environments for Health HSH112
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Planning and Evaluation 1 HSH201
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 HSH205
  • Health Communication HSH208
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Professional Practice HSH212
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2 HSH216
  • Planning and Evaluation 2 HSH218
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Politics, Policy and Health HSH302
  • Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum HSH303
  • plus two elective units

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Contemporary Health Issues HSH313
  • Population Health: A Research Perspective HSH319
  • plus two elective units

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400314321 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514321 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    H313
    CRICOS code
    012753D
    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.

    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)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    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 on-line 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 a core feature of this course, and is embedded within all units, which includes assignments that replicate work in the field. Another feature of this course is the capstone experience, a 120-hour field education placement 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. These placements enable 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)
    $9,086 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 Public Health and Health Promotion provides specialist training in public health and health promotion skills. This course will allow you to gain skills in industry-recognised competencies, allowing you to understand and act upon those factors which cause poor health and those factors which create and sustain good health. As a graduate you may qualify to work in positions including health promotion officer, community development officer, social planning officer, health educator, women’s health officer, health policy developer, planning officer, health researcher, program development officer or program evaluator. You may find employment in a diverse range of areas including, but not limited to healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, social inclusion, chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease) and women’s health.

    Professional recognition

    Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

    Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

    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

    Apply evidence-based research and a determinants-based knowledge of public health and health promotion to advocate for social change, promote good health and wellbeing, prevent poor health and reduce inequalities for individuals and populations alike.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively in oral and written forms with a range of stakeholders and promote positive, desired change.

    Digital Literacy

    Use information technology to effectively communicate, locate information and analyse data.

    Critical thinking

    Apply critical thinking and reflection to issues of contemporary health, related to policy and planning in public health and health promotion practice within an evidence-based framework.

    Problem Solving

    Apply an evidence-based learning framework to create solutions to diverse and complex health problems.

    Self-management

    Monitor and reflect on one’s own professional practice.

    Teamwork

    Develop knowledge and implement strategies in collaboration with others to build and enhance relevant partnerships and actions as a public health and health promotion practitioner.

    Global Citizenship

    Support public health and health promotion practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts and communities.

     

    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.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    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

    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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