Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code035503K
Deakin course codeD391

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This flexible, well-rounded combined degree lets you choose your course structure so that you can find a special niche that reflects your individual passions and interests. Careers might include those in policy, health education or health/wellness media.

Choose from health majors such as environmental health, exercise science, food studies, psychology and sport coaching. Arts majors include politics and policy, public relations, journalism, gender studies and film and television.

With a wide range of study areas available, you can tailor your course to tap into your unique interests and career aspirations. You could combine politics and policy studies with nutrition for careers in health policy, combine sport coaching with media and communication and become a sports commentator, or match food studies with journalism to become a food blogger or restaurant reviewer.

Depending on the study areas you choose in the Health Sciences component, you may qualify to work in areas such as health promotion, community health, project management, program planning, family and community support, housing services, sports psychology, sports nutrition and sports development.

An Arts degree can open doors to careers in international relations, journalism, advertising, public relations, policy development, research, community services, sociology, community development, and visual arts.

Holding a degree in both disciplines means that you can pursue careers where the two overlap. These might include roles in sports and health media, food writing, community health education, public relations for health or food companies, health research or coordinating community arts projects.


Work-Integrated Learning

You can enhance your employment prospects and consolidate your knowledge and skills through an industry placement unit. Depending on the major sequences you choose to study, this option may be available in the final year of your course.

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300)
Bachelor of Arts (A300)

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
$7,735Not 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 Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts students must attain 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.

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

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points which must include:

  • 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts
  • HBS107 Understanding Health and HBS108 Health Information and Data
  • 2 major sequences of study as described under course H300 Bachelor of Health Sciences.
  • two major sequences (8 credit points each) or one major sequence (8 credit points) and one minor sequence (4 credit points) as described under course A300 Bachelor of Arts.

See course entry Bachelor of Arts (A300) or Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300).