Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Health Sciences

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool


Offered at Deakin Learning Centres

> Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
> Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn
> Hamilton Learning Centre
> Portland Learning Centre
> Werribee Learning Centre

Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code052823G
Deakin course codeH300

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Health Sciences provides a range of exciting opportunities and equips graduates with the skills needed to work in a variety of valuable settings within the Health Sector.

The course allows you to concentrate your studies on two specialised health-related areas and explore complementary study areas that appeal to your interests and career aspirations. Thus you are provided with both specialist knowledge and transferable, generic industry skills. You can also diversify your employment opportunities by undertaking elective units from any area of the University. This flexible degree is an excellent option for those looking to discover their passion in the health sector and also provides a pathway to further professional studies in the discipline.

Work-Integrated Learning

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.

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
$8,371Not applicable$27,520

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

The course consists of 24 credit points. At least 16 credit points must be selected from units offered by the Faculty of Health. These must include HBS107 Understanding Health, HBS108 Health Information and Data, plus at least two major sequences of study (see below). Students may take a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1. At least 14 credit points must be studied at level 2 or higher and at least four 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.
Environmental Health
Exercise Science
Family, Society and Health
Food Studies
Health Promotion
Health and Sustainability
Medical Biotechnology
People, Society and Disability
Physical Activity and Health
Sport Coaching

Details of major sequences

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.

Environmental Health - unit set code MJ-S000059

Burwood (Melbourne)
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.

HBS107Understanding Health

SLE111Cells and Genes

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health


HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1


SLE342Risks to Healthy Environments

Exercise Science - unit set code MJ-H000016

Burwood (Melbourne) and 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.

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.

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

HSE201Exercise Physiology


HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health

HSE302Exercise Programming

Family, Society and Health - unit set code MJ-H000002

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

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.

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 - unit set code MJ-H000003

Burwood (Melbourne)
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.

(Major sequence below is for students that commenced H300 in 2011 onwards only. Students who commenced prior to 2011 must consult their course enrolment officer for unit selection options.)

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

Trimester 3 elective:

HSN360Unit description is currently unavailable

Recommended elective (offered in Trimester 2)

HSN320Trends in Product Development

Health Promotion - unit set code MJ-H000004

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

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.

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

Health and Sustainability - unit set code MJ-H000013

Burwood (Melbourne)

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.

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

Medical Biotechnology - unit set code MJ-H000032

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
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.

HMM101Introduction to Medical Biotechnology

HMM102Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology

HMM201Medical Nanotechnology

HMM202Molecular Diagnostics

HMM302Innovations in Medical Biotechnology

HMM305Cell and Tissue Engineering

Nutrition - unit set code MJ-H000007

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)

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.

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

Trimester 3 elective:

HSN360Unit description is currently unavailable

People, Society and Disability - unit set code MJ-H000025

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

HDS101Communication and Diversity

HDS106Diversity, Disability and Social Exclusion

HDS209Diversity in Childhood and Adolescence

HDS210Diversity At Work

HDS301The Effective Practitioner

HDS310Human Rights and Advocacy

Physical Activity and Health - unit set code MJ-H000023

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

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE212Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation

HSE313Understanding Children's Physical Activity

HSE316Physical Activity and Population Health

Psychology - unit set code MJ-H000008

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

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

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).

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



HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour

Sport Coaching - unit set code MJ-H000011

Burwood (Melbourne)

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.

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.