Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code031151F
Deakin course codeD388

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Choose to take your business nous into the thriving health industry, or your health expertise into the world of business with a versatile combined degree in Health and Commerce.

Good health is crucial to the wellbeing of individuals and societies.

This combined course gives you a thorough understanding of the social and environmental factors that cause poor health as well as those factors that create and sustain good health. You will examine how health is created and influenced in our society, and look at the different approaches for improving the population’s health.

Through community engagement, program planning and evaluation, capacity building, research, policy development and health communication you will learn professional practices that and can be applied to a range of settings and population groups. You will also gain a professional business qualification through your studies in the complementary discipline of Commerce.

Deakin’s commerce courses are some of the most flexible and broad-based business programs on offer at any Australian university. Our Bachelor of Commerce is the only Australian Bachelor of Commerce that is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a quality benchmark for business education programs globally.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for business, marketing and management roles within the health industry, as well as for health promotion and public health roles within the government, corporate, private and public sectors.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

Professional recognition

Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

Note: 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 Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)
Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

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
$9,356Not applicable$27,520

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 Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce students must complete 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 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 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 3 foundation health units (these are compulsory)
  • 13 core units in public health and health promotion (these are compulsory)
  • 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units: MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132, MWL101 and MCA010 (0 credit points) (these are compulsory).
  • a prescribed Commerce major sequence
  • a minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 which must be Faculty of Business and Law units course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree.

See course entry Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students who commenced prior to 2016:
Commerce Major Sequence
Students commencing from 2016:
Commerce Major Sequence

Course structure

Core Units

This course structure applies to students who commenced in 2016. Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to the Handbook Archive for their course structure and consult with their enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

Two commerce units

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

Two commerce units

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSH113Social Perspectives on Population Health

HSH208Health Communication

Two commerce units

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

HSH212Professional Practice

Two commerce units

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

Two commerce units

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

Two commerce units

Level 4 - Trimester 1

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

Two commerce units

Level 4 - Trimester 2

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

HSH319Population Health: A Research Perspective

Two commerce units