Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Health Sciences
Campus
Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code052823G
Deakin course codeH300

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If you know you want to work in the health sector, this health science course will help you explore the many career paths available. Learn about human structure and function, disease and infection, disability and inclusion issues, nutrition, physical activity and exercise, influences on human behaviour and more.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences allows you to concentrate your studies on two specialised health-related areas while diversifying your knowledge through elective units.

This flexible degree is an excellent option for those looking to discover their passion in the health sector, while creating a pathway to further professional studies.

Indicative student workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to one credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 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 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 2 major sequences of study from the Faculty of Health - see below
  • At least 16 credit points must be selected from units offered by the Faculty of Health
  • These must include core units HBS107 Understanding Health and HBS108 Health Information and Data
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • At least 14 credit points must be studied at level 2 or higher
  • At least four credit points must be at level 3
  • A maximum of 8 credit points may be selected from units offered by other faculties.

Major sequences

The following majors are available within the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

Availability of majors at each campus varies, including majors offered through Deakin Learning Centres. Refer to the details of each major for campus and Deakin Learning Centre availability.

A major sequence in the Faculty of Health consists of a minimum of 6 credit points in a particular discipline area, including at least 2 credit points at each of levels 2 and 3. Students enrolled in other courses and faculties may take these sequences, or take minor sequences (4 credit points, 2 each at two level levels) or individual electives from these discipline areas, subject to meeting the prerequisites.

Individual units cannot be counted towards more than one major. Where the units in one major have already been counted towards another, students must take additional units in the second discipline area. For example, HBS109 is one of the units in Nutrition, as well as being part of the Exercise Science major sequence. Students wishing to combine these two majors must take an additional unit, either in Exercise (HSE) or in Nutrition (HSN).

Faculty of Health major sequences are described below. Each unit is worth 1 credit point (cp), unless otherwise specified. Unit offerings are subject to resources and demand.

Work experience

Work-integrated learning is incorporated within this course, allowing students the opportunity to engage with industry and complete a range of authentic tasks. Students have the option to complete a 120-hour field education placement unit (HSH322 Health Science Practicum) that provides you with an opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to a practical setting, where you can further your learning through realistic field experience. This placement enables you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.

Details of major sequences

Exercise Behaviour

This major provides students with an understanding of the behavioural basis of exercise and sport, with a particular emphasis on the relationships between physical activity and health.


HBS107Understanding Health

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE204Motor Learning and Development

HSE309Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise

HSE316Physical Activity and Population Health

Environmental Health

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-S000059


Overview

Focusing on healthy environments and healthy people, this major is recommended for students interested in working in public health policy, environmental health and related areas.


Units

HBS107Understanding Health

SLE111Cells and Genes

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

SLE234Microbiology

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

SLE312Toxicology

SLE342Risks to Healthy Environments


 

Exercise Science

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE
Note: For Cloud (online) some units will require compulsory attendance at Burwood (Melbourne) for a limited period during the trimester.


Unit set code

MJ-H000016


Overview

This major provides students with a sound understanding of the core sciences underpinning both competitive sport and recreational physical activity. A variety of learning approaches is adopted, allowing students to integrate their sporting interests with their studies, as well as to match these with their employment objectives.


Units

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

HSE201Exercise Physiology

HSE202Biomechanics

HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health

HSE302Exercise Programming

Family, Society and Health

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE


Unit set code

MJ-H000002


Overview

This major focuses on the household and family as a setting for public health. It explores the issues facing households and families, such as the link between healthy human development and healthy households, economic wellbeing and health, and the need for supportive environments. It is ideal for students wishing to work in welfare, health promotion, or with organisations offering support services and resources for families.


 Units

HSH105Understanding Families and Health

HBS108Health Information and Data

HSH206Human Development and Healthy Families

HSH207Socio-Economic Status and Health

HSH306People, Health and Place

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

Food Studies

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-H000003


Overview

This major provides knowledge of food, ranging from the science of food composition to community issues such as genetically modified foods and food law. This understanding will be useful for a range of careers, including those in industry, health services, business and the mass media.


Units

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

HSN104The Science of Food

HSN204Food Microbiology and HACCP

HSN209Food Security and Safety

HSN309Food Policy and Regulation

HSN315Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation

Recommended electives

HSN313Sensory Evaluation of Foods

HSN320Trends in Product Development

Trimester 3 elective:

HSN360 International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition (next offered in 2017, unit description currently unavailable

 

Health Promotion

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE


Unit set code

MJ-H000004


Overview

This major will equip students with a sound knowledge of the causes of health and illness and of effective strategies for prevention of the latter, as well as practical skills in health education and communication, health planning and management.


Units

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

Health and Sustainability

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-H000013


Overview

This major will enable students to identify and predict the impact of human behaviours on natural systems and ecological sustainability and propose strategies that apply the principles of environmental sustainability and health promotion.


Units

SLE121Environmental Sustainability

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH340Health in Action: Planning for Sustainable Change

Human Services - unit set code MJ-H000024

Offered to continuing students only

(Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waterfront Campus. Also available by off campus study.)

Through this major, students will develop knowledge and skills regarding the context, organisational structures and practices that support quality human service provision by government and non-government organisations.

HDS101Communication and Diversity

HSH114Unit description is currently unavailable

HSW235Community Development: Social Work Theory and Practice D

HSH214Unit description is currently unavailable

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH312Unit description is currently unavailable **

** Only available to students enrolled in course codes H300 or D391

Medical Biotechnology

Campuses

Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Burwood (Melbourne) - from 2016


Unit set code

MJ-H000032


Overview

Medical Biotechnology uses cells and cell materials to produce pharmaceutical and diagnostic products that help treat and prevent human diseases. This major provides students with a sound understanding of the core sciences underpinning biotechnology for medical advancement.


Units

HMM101Introduction to Medical Biotechnology

HMM102Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology

HMM201Medical Nanotechnology

HMM202Molecular Diagnostics

HMM302Innovations in Medical Biotechnology

HMM305Cell and Tissue Engineering

Nutrition

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE. Some units available in Cloud (online).
H300DA and H300WE students: some units only available at Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-H000007


Overview

Students taking a nutrition major will gain a sound knowledge of the biological basis of human nutrition and the relationship between diet, health and disease.


Units

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

HSN211Nutritional Physiology

HSN202Lifespan Nutrition

HSN301Diet and Disease

HSN302Population Nutrition

Students who have previously completed HSN201 do not need to also complete HSN211

Recommended electives

HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion

HSN305Assessing Food Intake and Activity

Trimester 3 elective

HSN360 International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition (next offered in 2017, unit description currently unavailable)

People, Society and Disability

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE


Unit set code

MJ-H000025


Overview

Completion of this major will give students an opportunity to expand their job opportunities by being better informed about positive options and techniques to assist and support the one in five members of the Australian population who has some form of disability. Students undertaking this major should note that new units will be introduced progressively and will replace existing units in second and third level.


Units

HDS101Communication and Diversity

HDS106Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion

HDS209Inclusive Services

HDS210Diversity At Work

HDS301The Effective Practitioner

HDS310Human Rights and Advocacy

Physical Activity and Health

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE. Some units available in Cloud (online)
H300DA and H300WE students: some units only available at Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-H000023


Overview

This major provides students with an understanding of how behaviour influences health, with a particular emphasis on the relationships between physical activity and health.


Units

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE212Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation

HSE313Children's Physical Activity and Sport

HSE316Physical Activity and Population Health

Psychology

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) and students enrolled in H300DA and H300WE. Individual units may not be available on every campus.


Unit set code

MJ-H000008

D391 Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts students must enrol in unit set code MJ-AH00008


Overview

This sequence develops students′ understanding of a range of topics in psychology, which is the science concerned with unravelling questions about human behaviour and mental processes. This six unit major is not intended for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.

To obtain the six unit major students must complete HPS111 and HPS121 plus
Any two level 2 units from the list below.
Any two level 3 units (for which the prerequisite units have been completed) from the list below.

Students intending to become psychologists must complete four years of academic study (three years of undergraduate study, including ten units of psychology, plus either an Honours year or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology).


Units

 

To obtain the ten unit undergraduate psychology sequence students must complete all the units listed below.

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

HPS307Personality

HPS308Psychopathology

HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour

Sport Coaching - unit set code MJ-H000011

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-H000011


Overview

This major will enhance students′ job opportunities, as they will be better informed about sport coaching and techniques to assist and support the athletes and teams in a variety of settings.


Units

HSE105Principles of Sport Coaching

HSE106Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice

HSE204Motor Learning and Development *

HSE205Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice

HSE305Issues in Sport Coaching

HSE321Sport Coaching and Development Practicum

*As part of this major sequence, students are not required to do HSE204 if they have completed HSE206.