Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code012753D
Deakin course codeH313

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion provides specialist training in public health and health promotion skills. This course will allow you to gain skills in industry-recognised competencies, allowing you to understand and act upon those factors which cause poor health and those factors which create and sustain good health, such as planning and evaluation, health communication strategies, epidemiology, and research skills. Students completing this course will undertake a 120 hour industry placement in their final year. Students are also able to complete a major sequence of study to suit their interests and diversify their employment opportunities. This is a growing field, with graduates finding exciting government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally.
 
Throughout the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, you will develop a wide range of knowledge and practical skills, such as generating and utilising evidence for public health and health promotion practice; developing skills in program design, implementation, and evaluation; and developing tools to analyse public health and health promotion policy.
 
A key strength of the course is its vocational relevance which is maintained through the close association staff have established with practising professionals from a wide range of sectors including health, education, government, environment and planning.
 
The degree is a foundation for honours and postgraduate study that lead to a research career in public health and/or health promotion.

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.


Work-Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning is a core feature of this course, and is embedded within all units, which includes assignments that replicate work in the field. Another feature of this course is the capstone experience, a 120-hour field education placement 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. These placements enable you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The course comprises 24 credit points of study, including 3 foundation health units, 13 core units in public health and health promotion and 8 elective units. No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1. At least 14 credit points of study must be at level 2 or higher, and at least 4 credit points must be at level 3. The 8 elective units may be chosen from any Faculty in the University. Any majors completed will be recognised on a student's final academic transcript.

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

HSH113Social Perspectives on Population Health

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

plus one elective unit

Level 2
Trimester 1

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

HSH208Health Communication

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HSH212Professional Practice

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

plus one elective unit

Level 3
Trimester 1
HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

HSH319Population Health: A Research Perspective

plus two elective units

Health Promotion elective units
HSH105Understanding Families and Health

HSH206Human Development and Healthy Families

HSH207Socio-Economic Status and Health

HSH210Social Diversity and Health

HSH306People, Health and Place

Other elective units

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

Major sequences

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion are able to undertake a major sequence of study to suit their interests and diversify their employment opportunities. However, as the course provides training in specialist public health and health promotion skills, it is not necessary to undertake a major sequence of study.

 

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