Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Health Sciences
Course Map

This course map is for new students commencing from 2017.

If you require a copy of an older course map, please contact Health Student and Academic Services.

Cloud CampusYes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code052823G
Deakin course codeH300
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If you know you want to work in the health sector, this health sciences course will help you explore the many career paths available.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin is a professionally-oriented degree, combining a solid foundation in health sciences with the flexibility to choose from a range of career specialisations. A newly enhanced suite of 6 compulsory core units, scaffolded across the 3 year levels of the degree, will equip you with the core skills and competencies required by contemporary health and human services industries.

In addition, you will select 2 of 13 available major sequences (spanning a range of disciplines from the health and social services sector) to tailor your study to your interests and career goals. The course 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.

Indicative student 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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

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.


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.


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.


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.


Course rules

NOTE: The Bachelor of Health Sciences has undergone some changes in 2016. If you commenced your study in, or prior to, 2015 then the former course structure with two core units may apply. Please contact your Health student advisor on

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 course comprises a total of 24 credit points and students must ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate.

Must complete:

  • 6 core units (these are compulsory)
  • at least 2 major sequences from list below.
  • at least 18 credit points offered by the Faculty of Health.
  • at least 14 credit points studied at level 2 or 3
  • at least 6 credit points at level 3

May complete a maximum of 6 credit points from units offered by other Faculties.

Must not complete more than 10 credit points at level 1.

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 and minors offered through Deakin Learning Centres. Refer to the details of each major for campus and Deakin Learning Centre availability.

A major sequence in the Faculty of Health consists of a minimum of 6 credit points in a particular discipline area, including at least 2 credit points at each of levels 2 and 3. Students enrolled in other courses and faculties may take these sequences, or take minor sequences (4 credit points, 2 each at two level levels) or individual electives from these discipline areas, subject to meeting the prerequisites.

Individual units cannot be counted towards more than one major. Where the units in one major have already been counted towards another, students must take additional units in the second discipline area. For example, HBS109 is one of the units in Nutrition, as well as being part of the Exercise Science major sequence. Students wishing to combine these two majors must take an additional unit, either in Exercise (HSE) or in Nutrition (HSN). Your student advisor can provide more information.

Faculty of Health minor sequences consist of 4 credit points, as outlined in each major that has a minor sequence available.

Faculty of Health major sequences are described below. Each unit is worth 1 credit point (cp), unless otherwise specified. Unit offerings are subject to resources and demand.

Course structure

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSH211Australian Health Care System

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSH219Population Health: A Research Perspective

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HSH323Program Planning, Management and Evaluation

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HSH324Integrated Learning for Practice

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.

Details of major sequences

Environmental Health


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Unit set code

MJ-S000059 - Major


Focusing on healthy environments and healthy people, this major is recommended for students interested in working in public health policy, environmental health and related areas.


HBS107Understanding Health

SLE111Cells and Genes

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health


HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1


SLE342Risks to Healthy Environments

Exercise Science


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE

Note: Cloud (online) offering has on campus intensive workshops of 2-4 days for HSE102, HSE201, HSE202, HSE301 and HSE302.

Unit set code

MJ-H000016 - Major

MN-H000016 - Minor


This major provides students with a sound understanding of the core sciences underpinning both competitive sport and recreational physical activity. A variety of learning approaches is adopted, allowing students to integrate their sporting interests with their studies, as well as to match these with their employment objectives.


HBS109Human Structure and Function *

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

HSE201Exercise Physiology *

HSE202Biomechanics *

HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health *

HSE302Exercise Programming

*Units required for Minor sequence

Family, Society and Health


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE

Unit set code

MJ-H000002 - Major

MN-H000002 - Minor


This major focuses on the household and family as a setting for public health. It explores the issues facing households and families, such as the link between healthy human development and healthy households, economic wellbeing and health, and the need for supportive environments. It is ideal for students wishing to work in welfare, health promotion, or with organisations offering support services and resources for families.


HSH105Understanding Families and Health *

HBS108Health Information and Data

HSH206Human Development and Healthy Families *

HSH207Socio-Economic Status and Health *

HSH306People, Health and Place *

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

*Units required for Minor sequence

Food Studies


Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code

MJ-H000003 - Major

MN-H000003 - Minor


This major provides knowledge of food, ranging from the science of food composition to community issues such as genetically modified foods and food law. This understanding will be useful for a range of careers, including those in industry, health services, business and the mass media.


HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health *

HSN104The Science of Food *

HSN204Food Microbiology and HACCP *

HSN209Food Security and Safety *

HSN309Food Policy and Regulation

HSN315Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation

*Units required for Minor sequence

Recommended electives

HSN313Sensory Evaluation of Foods

HSN320Trends in Product Development

Trimester 3 elective:

HSN360International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition

Health Promotion


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE

Unit set code

MJ-H000004 - Major

MN-H000004 - Minor


This major will equip students with a sound knowledge of the causes of health and illness and of effective strategies for prevention of the latter, as well as practical skills in health education and communication, health planning and management.


HBS110Health Behaviour

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion *

HSH208Health Communication *

HSH212Professional Practice *

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

*Units required for Minor sequence and one of HSH302 or HSH313

Health and Sustainability


Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code

MJ-H000013 - Major

MN-H000013 - Minor


This major will enable students to identify and predict the impact of human behaviours on natural systems and ecological sustainability and propose strategies that apply the principles of environmental sustainability and health promotion.


SLE121Environmental Sustainability

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health *

HSW235Community Development: Social Work Theory and Practice D *

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures *

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health *

HSH340Health in Action: Planning for Sustainable Change

*Units required for Minor sequence

Medical Biotechnology


Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code

MJ-H000032 - Major

MN-H000032 - Minor


Medical Biotechnology uses cells and cell materials to produce pharmaceutical and diagnostic products that help treat and prevent human diseases. This major provides students with a sound understanding of the core sciences underpinning biotechnology for medical advancement.


HMM101Introduction to Medical Biotechnology *

HMM102Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology *

HMM201Medical Nanotechnology *

HMM202Molecular Diagnostics

HMM302Innovations in Medical Biotechnology

HMM305Cell and Tissue Engineering *

*Units required for Minor sequence



Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE. Some units available in Cloud (online).

H300DA and H300WE students: some units only available at Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code

MJ-H000007 - Major

MN-H000007 - Minor


Students taking a nutrition major will gain a sound knowledge of the biological basis of human nutrition and the relationship between diet, health and disease.


HBS109Human Structure and Function *

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health *

HSN211Nutritional Physiology *

HSN202Lifespan Nutrition *

HSN301Diet and Disease

HSN302Population Nutrition

*Units required for Minor sequence

Students who have previously completed HSN201 do not need to also complete HSN211

Recommended electives

HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion

HSN305Assessing Food Intake and Activity

Trimester 3 elective

HSN360International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition

Disability and Inclusion


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE

Unit set code

MJ-H000025 - Major

MN-H000025 - Minor


(previously titled: People, Society and Disability)

Completion of this major will give students an opportunity to expand their job opportunities by being better informed about positive options and techniques to assist and support the one in five members of the Australian population who has some form of disability. Students undertaking this major should note that new units will be introduced progressively and will replace existing units in second and third level.


HDS101Communication and Diversity *+

HDS106Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion *+

HDS209Inclusive Services *

HDS210Diversity At Work +

HDS301The Effective Practitioner +

HDS310Human Rights and Advocacy *

*Units required for Minor sequence focusing on inclusive services and advocacy

+Units required for Minor sequence focusing on inclusion practice in diverse professions

Physical Activity and Health


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE. Some units available in Cloud (online)

H300DA and H300WE students: some units only available at Burwood (Melbourne)

The minor sequence is under review. Students who wish to undertake the minor sequence should consult their course advisor.

Unit set code

MJ-H000023 - Major

MN-H000023 - Minor


This major provides students with an understanding of how behaviour influences health, with a particular emphasis on the relationships between physical activity and health.


HBS110Health Behaviour

HSE111Physical Activity and Exercise for Health

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE212Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation

HSE313Children's Physical Activity and Sport

HSE316Physical Activity and Population Health

Students who wish to undertake the minor sequence should consult their course advisor.

Psychological Science


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE. Individual units may not be available on every campus.

Unit set code

MJ-H000034 - Major


This sequence prepares students for postgraduate training towards becoming both a practicing registered psychologist. To practice as a psychologist students must complete an undergraduate degree with a major sequence in psychology followed by a fourth year of study in psychology (an Honours in Psychology or a Graduate Diploma of Psychology) that are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).


To obtain the ten unit undergraduate psychology sequence students must complete all the units listed below.

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B



HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour

Psychology for Professional Development


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE. Individual units may not be available on every campus.

Unit set code

MJ-H000035 - Major

MN-H000035 - Minor


This sequence prepares students for work in complementary professional fields upon graduation. Careers immediately available to health sciences graduates within the pathway to allied professions, can be divided broadly into the following categories (please refer to the Psychology Careers website for details):

  • Community work
  • Coaching and counselling individuals and groups
  • Health and human services consulting


Major students select three pairs of units to suit their career goals

Minor students select Psychology for Health and one other pair of units to suit their career goals

Psychology of Health (pair)

HBS110Health Behaviour

HPS226Health Psychology

Changing Behaviour (pair) - Not available Cloud (online) or Warrnambool

HPY210Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change

HPY310Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change

Life Course Development (pair)

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS302Pathways Through Adulthood

Employability (pair)

HPS207Preparing for Employment

HPS328Transitioning to Work

Sport Coaching


Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code

MJ-H000011 - Major

MN-H000011 - Minor


This major will enhance students′ job opportunities, as they will be better informed about sport coaching and techniques to assist and support the athletes and teams in a variety of settings.


HSE105Principles of Sport Coaching *

HSE106Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice *

HSE204Motor Learning and Development +

HSE205Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice *

HSE305Issues in Sport Coaching

HSE321Sport Coaching and Development Practicum *

*Units required for Minor sequence

+As part of this major sequence, students are not required to do HSE204 if they have completed HSE206.