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Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

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Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

4 years full-time

CRICOS course code018323M
Deakin course codeD381

Course structure for students who commenced in 2010 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2010 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.

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Course overview

Deakin University was the first university in Australia to offer combined nursing degree courses. This was in response to signals from the health sector that there was a need for nurses with multidisciplinary skills.

Throughout the Bachelor of Nursing /Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, students will develop skills in the provision of nursing care and acquire a thorough understanding of the social and environmental factors that cause poor health, together with the factors that create and sustain good health. You will study a wide range of units that provide the knowledge base for health promotion practice such as environmental health, health sociology, planning and evaluation, epidemiology, biostatistics and research. You will learn to apply public health and health promotion strategies to populations at risk of disease and will gain a sound understanding of the importance of health education, the factors influencing health practices, and strategies to promote the health of individuals and groups.
Students may elect to exit the combined program and complete either the Bachelor of Nursing requirements OR the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion requirements only.

Professional recognition

This course is specifically designed to fulfil the registration requirements for Registered Nurse (Division 1) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Graduates 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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Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.


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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units undertaken
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion comprises 32 credit points. Students must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in their course of study.
One (1) ) credit point of units is course grouped for both nursing and public health and health promotion; nineteen (19) credit points are specific to nursing; twelve (12) credit points are specific to public health and health promotion.


There is an expectation that students be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.


See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313).

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Course structure

(For students who commenced in 2010 onwards)

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS109 Human Structure and Function  

HNN112 Principles of Nursing Care  

HNN120 The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1  

HSH111 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion  

Trimester 2
HNN114 Health Assessment  

HNN122 Nursing Management and Interventions 1  

HSH112 Local and Global Environments for Health  

Level 2

Trimester 1
HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HNN222 Mental Health Nursing  

HSH208 Health Communication  

Trimester 2
HNN215 Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing  

HNN227 Nursing Management and Interventions 2  

HSH212 Professional Practice  

Level 3
Trimester 1
HNN318 Nursing Management of the Older Person  

HSH113 Social Perspectives on Population Health  

HSH201 Planning and Evaluation 1  

HSH205 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1  

Trimester 2
HNN217 Nursing in Community Settings  

HNN300 Child and Adolescent Nursing  

HSH216 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2  

HSH218 Planning and Evaluation 2  

Level 4
Trimester 1
HNN319 Nursing Management of Chronic Illness  

HNN320 The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2  

HSH302 Politics, Policy and Health  

HSH303 Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum  

Trimester 2
HNN325 Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions  

HNN301 Mental Health Promotion  

HSH319 Population Health: A Research Perspective  


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8th June 2007