Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
Course summary for local students
Ms Jane Bailey
'... the combined degree appealed because I have a keen interest in social justice and community development and these areas will remain open for me in the future.'
B = Melbourne Burwood Campus
G = Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
S = Geelong Waterfront Campus
W =Warrnambool Campus
X = Off campus
|Award granted ||Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion|
|Campus||Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus|
4 years full-time
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2013||$6,880* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
|VTAC Codes||14021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|CRICOS course code||018323M|
|Deakin course code ||D381|
Course structure for students who commenced in 2010 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2010 must follow the course structure applicable to their year of commencement.
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, you 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.
This course is specifically designed to fulfil the registration requirements for Registered Nurse (Division 1) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Back to top
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL
is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s 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 2013, 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 2013 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.
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.
Back to top
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.
Nineteen (19) credit points are specific to nursing; thirteen (13) 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. Failure of a compulsory practicum component in any unit of study will normally lead to exclusion. All expenses associated with clinical practicum are the responsibility of the student.
See course entry for Bachelor of Nursing (H326) or Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313).
Back to top
(For students who commenced in 2010 onwards)
|HBS109|| Human Structure and Function |
|HNN112|| Principles of Nursing Care |
|HNN120|| The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1 |
|HSH111|| Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion |
|HNN122|| Nursing Management and Interventions 1 |
|HSH112|| Local and Global Environments for Health |
Level 2Trimester 1
|HBS108|| Health Information and Data |
|HSH208|| Professional Practice 1 |
|HNN215|| Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing |
|HNN227|| Nursing Management and Interventions 2 |
Level 3Trimester 1
|HSH212|| Professional Practice 2 |
|HNN318|| Nursing Management of the Older Person |
|HSH113|| Social Perspectives on Population Health |
|HSH201|| Planning and Evaluation 1 |
|HSH205|| Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 |
|HNN217|| Nursing in Community Settings |
|HNN300|| Child and Adolescent Nursing |
|HSH216|| Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2 |
Level 4Trimester 1
|HSH218|| Planning and Evaluation 2 |
|HNN319|| Nursing Management of Chronic Illness |
|HNN320|| The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2 |
|HSH302|| Politics, Policy and Health |
|HSH303|| Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum |
|HNN325|| Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions |
|HNN301|| Mental Health Promotion |
|HSH319|| Population Health: a Research Perspective |
Back to top
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: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-police-record-check-policy-including-working-with-children-check
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Back to top
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
Back to top
Entry requirements - specific
Prerequisites for year 12 applicants: - VCE units 3 and 4 – and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.
Back to top
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System
which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Back to top
How to apply
Applications for on and off campus study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.