Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

This undergraduate course prepares you for a whole range of different careers including business, marketing, health care management or health promotion.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 73.5
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course information

Choose to take your business nous into the thriving health industry, or your health expertise into the world of business with a versatile combined degree in Health and Commerce.

Good health is crucial to the wellbeing of individuals and societies.

This combined course gives you a thorough understanding of the social and environmental factors that cause poor health as well as those factors that create and sustain good health. You will examine how health is created and influenced in our society, and look at the different approaches for improving the population’s health.

Through community engagement, program planning and evaluation, capacity building, research, policy development and health communication you will learn professional practices that and can be applied to a range of settings and population groups. You will also gain a professional business qualification through your studies in the complementary discipline of Commerce.

Deakin’s commerce courses are some of the most flexible and broad-based business programs on offer at any Australian university. Our Bachelor of Commerce is the only Australian Bachelor of Commerce that is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a quality benchmark for business education programs globally.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for business, marketing and management roles within the health industry, as well as for health promotion and public health roles within the government, corporate, private and public sectors.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce students must complete 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points comprises 3 foundation health units, 13 core units in public health and health promotion, 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units and a prescribed Commerce major sequence

See course entry Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

Core Units

This course structure applies to students who commenced in 2016. Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to the Handbook Archive for their course structure and consult with their enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion HSH111
  • Two commerce units

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data HBS108
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Two commerce units

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Social Perspectives on Population Health HSH113
  • Health Communication HSH208
  • Two commerce units

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Local and Global Environments for Health HSH112
  • Professional Practice HSH212
  • Two commerce units

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Planning and Evaluation 1 HSH201
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 HSH205
  • Two commerce units

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2 HSH216
  • Planning and Evaluation 2 HSH218
  • Two commerce units

    Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Politics, Policy and Health HSH302
  • Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum HSH303
  • Two commerce units

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Contemporary Health Issues HSH313
  • Population Health: A Research Perspective HSH319
  • Two commerce units

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400514251 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D388
    CRICOS code
    031151F
    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)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

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

    Additional course information

    Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)
    Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    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

    Public Health and Health Promotion

    The Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum requires you to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of public health-health promotion, this experience will help you further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in a public health-health promotion role.

    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)
    $9,998 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

    As a graduate of this course you may find employment in either of these professional areas and work with groups such as children, adults, the disadvantaged and employees. Knowledge of business and health issues assists with executive management positions within the health industry that have policy development, budget and staff management responsibilities.

    As a graduate you may qualify to work in positions such as Health Promotion Officer, Community Development Officer, Social Planning Officer, Health Educator, Women’s Health Officer, Health Policy Developer, Planning Officer, Health Researcher, Partnerships Coordinator or Program Evaluator. You will be prepared for a diverse range of employment 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.

    The opportunities available to you will be somewhat dependent on the major sequence you choose to undertake as part of your degree.

    The degree is a foundation for Honours and postgraduate study that lead to a research career in public health and/or health promotion or commerce.

    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). Commerce graduates may apply for membership of CPA, CAANZ, IPA, ACCA and Economics Society of Australia.

    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.

    See course entry for Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

    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

    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.

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    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

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

    Faculty of Business and Law
    Melbourne Tel 03 9244 6555

    Email enqblm@deakin.edu.au

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