Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Health Sciences
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code078144F
Deakin course codeD368

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Information Systems (IS) and Bachelor of Health Sciences double degree lets you structure your own health-focused IS course by combining subjects from a wide range of health related units. The health and IT industries are thriving, and there’s a demand for health-focused IS specialists locally and internationally.

IS professionals apply current technology and strategic decision-making skills to the job of managing vast quantities of a business’s information. They help businesses structure their systems of information in ways that streamline and improve the way that information is collected, stored and analysed. In the health sector, good information management is crucial.

This course gives you the skills to analyse existing information systems, develop new systems and find solutions to common IS management issues, with a focus on the health industry.

You’ll learn the secrets of developing and applying IT solutions to real-life business problems in the health sector. For example, you’ll learn how to perform basic SQL (Structured Query Language) queries and develop the ability to critically analyse an organisation’s information needs so that you can decide on the best information management approach.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences is designed to empower you to drive new standards of health care, policy and systems. You can study areas such as health promotion, nutrition, sport coaching and environmental health.

IS graduates are in high demand globally, with one of the highest starting graduate salaries in Australia. By gaining qualifications in IS and health sciences you’ll be uniquely positioned to understand and tackle the particular IS needs of businesses operating in the health sector.

You’ll be ideally suited to work as an IS professional in hospitals, health education, youth services, psychology, disability services, international aid and more.

Professional accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) means your IS degree is recognised in industry, resulting in better job outcomes.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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
$8,853Not applicable$27,520

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Health Science students must attain a total of 32 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300). Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and the Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300) must be satisfied. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Information Systems include:-

  • 16 credit points of core units (excluding MWL312)
  • MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)
  • MIS010 Academic Induction for the Bachelor of Information Systems (0 credit point unit)

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Health Sciences include:-

  • HBS107 Understanding Health (1 credit point core unit)
  • HBS108 Health Information and Data (1 credit point core unit)
  • 2 Health Sciences major sequences

Course structure


To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300) to view the units to be completed.