Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course summary for current students

Year

2018 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Health Sciences
Campus
Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code052823G
Deakin course codeH300

Students commencing in 2017 should go to the 2017 handbook entry.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If you know you want to work in the health sector, this health science course will help you explore the many career paths available. Learn about human structure and function, disease and infection, disability and inclusion issues, nutrition, physical activity and exercise, influences on human behaviour and more.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences allows you to concentrate your studies on two specialised health-related areas while diversifying your knowledge through elective units.

This flexible degree is an excellent option for those looking to discover their passion in the health sector, while creating a pathway to further professional studies.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

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, which must include the following:

  • 2 major sequences of study from the Faculty of Health - see below
  • At least 16 credit points must be selected from units offered by the Faculty of Health
  • These must include core units HBS107 Understanding Health and HBS108 Health Information and Data
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 14 credit points must be studied at level 2 or higher
  • At least four credit points must be at level 3
  • A maximum of 8 credit points may be selected from units offered by other faculties.

Major sequences

The following majors are available within the Bachelor of Health Sciences for students that commenced the degree prior to 2017. Students who commenced in 2016 and have indicated they wish to complete the 2017 version of the degree need to refer to the 2017 handbook entry

Availability of majors 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.

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).

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.

Details of major sequences