Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration

4 years full-time

CRICOS course code018323M
Deakin course codeD381

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Get a valuable qualification in nursing, along with a deep understanding of the causes of poor health and the skills to help people engage in healthier lifestyles. It’s time to make a difference to health outcomes of individuals and populations with this combined degree.

Develop the knowledge, skills and ethical behaviours to practise as a registered nurse clinician and gain employment in a range of health care contexts including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres. Purpose-built clinical simulation centres at Deakin provide you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical nursing skills, which are further enhanced through clinical placements.

This combined degree also gives you specialised training in public health and health promotion. Public health is the organised response by society to protect and promote health and prevent disability. By looking at the patterns of health and disease, public health focuses on the health of populations, rather than at the level of the individual. Health promotion is about working with people to improve their health and creating environments that support health – be they environmental, legal, physical, economic or social.

You will study the foundations of 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. Plus you 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.

On completion of this course you will leave with capabilities, including research skills and analytical thinking, project management skills, communication skills, and capacity building, community development and negotiation skills. You will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Additionally, the course will prepare you for roles in either nursing and/or public health and health promotion where you will work toward the prevention of disease, equity in access to health care or health systems and assist with rehabilitation and recovery frameworks.

Clinical practice

Beginning soon after commencement of the course, early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, midwifery, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing.

There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your own responsibility.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements. Graduates may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

Notes:

1) Bachelor of Nursing component: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

2) Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion component: 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.

: 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.

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Nursing (H326)
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)

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: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

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

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
$7,270Not applicable$30,800

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 Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year. All units in this course are core units (these are compulsory).

The course consists of 32 credit points of study which includes the following:

  • 1 credit point is course grouped for both nursing and public health and health promotion
  • 19 credit points are specific to nursing
  • 12 credit points are specific to public health and health promotion.

You must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in your course of study.

There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.

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

Units

Course structure for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines

HSH208Health Communication

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HNN222Mental Health and Illness

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HSH212Professional Practice

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HNN217Community Nursing Practice

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

Level 4 - Trimester 1

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

Level 4 - Trimester 2

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HSH319Population Health: A Research Perspective