Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for international students

Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$28,210* AUD
CRICOS course code018323M
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code D381
VTAC Codes1400514023 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course is under review and may be subject to change.

Course structure for students who commenced in 2010 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2010 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University was the first university in Australia to offer combined nursing degree courses. This was in response to signals from the health sector that there was a need for nurses with multidisciplinary skills.

Throughout the Bachelor of Nursing /Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, students will develop skills in the provision of nursing care and acquire a thorough understanding of the social and environmental factors that cause poor health, together with the factors that create and sustain good health. You will study a wide range of units that provide the knowledge base for health promotion practice such as environmental health, health sociology, planning and evaluation, epidemiology, biostatistics and research. You will learn to apply public health and health promotion strategies to populations at risk of disease and will gain a sound understanding of the importance of health education, the factors influencing health practices, and strategies to promote the health of individuals and groups.
Students may elect to exit the combined program and complete either the Bachelor of Nursing requirements OR the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion requirements only.

Professional recognition

This course is specifically designed to fulfil the registration requirements for Registered Nurse (Division 1) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Graduates 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.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Public health and health promotion is a growing area of employment in Australia and around the world. Upon completion of this combined course you will be qualified to work in areas such as health education, human services and health policy development and implementation in addition to more traditional nursing roles. The course will develop your skills and allow employment in the provision of nursing care and health promotion services for individuals and groups in a range of clinical and community settings.  Your knowledge of the social and environmental factors that affect the health of individuals and populations will prepare you for a career in a range of clinical and community settings such as public health, schools, rehabilitation, health education, voluntary organisations, patient support agencies or working abroad.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion comprises 32 credit points. Students must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in their course of study.
One (1) ) credit point of units is course grouped for both nursing and public health and health promotion; nineteen (19) credit points are specific to nursing; twelve (12) credit points are specific to public health and health promotion.

There is an expectation that students be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.

See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313).

Course structure

(For students who commenced in 2010 onwards)

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Principles of Nursing Care

HNN120The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

Trimester 2
HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Nursing Management and Interventions 1

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

Level 2

Trimester 1
HBS108Health Information and Data

HNN222Mental Health Nursing

HSH208Health Communication

Trimester 2
HNN215Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing

HNN227Nursing Management and Interventions 2

HSH212Professional Practice

Level 3
Trimester 1
HNN318Nursing Management of the Older Person

HSH113Social Perspectives on Population Health

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

Trimester 2
HNN217Nursing in Community Settings

HNN300Child and Adolescent Nursing

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

Level 4
Trimester 1
HNN319Nursing Management of Chronic Illness

HNN320The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

Trimester 2

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HSH319Population Health: A Research Perspective

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).

Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

Students must also meet the English language requirement.

Entry requirements - specific

English language requirements

The English language entry requirement is an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 7) or equivalent. You will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

Please note that the IELTS score for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing may differ from the IELTS score required for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Normal University regulations and guidelines will pertain to students who apply for credit for prior learning. The Deakin University policy on credit for prior learning states that students will be provided with the maximum credit for relevant approved post-secondary study, or informal learning, which exceeds the normal entry requirements for the relevant course. This may include previous completed or incomplete degrees, diplomas, and TAFE awards.

In all cases, credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with a maximum credit granted being consistent with University policy (Deakin University, Credit for prior learning policy and procedure, July 2003) and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

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