Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for local students

Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

4 years full-time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$7,046 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

CRICOS course code018323M
VTAC Codes1400514021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D381

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).

Fees and charges

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.

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 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


Social 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

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.

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.

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.

How to apply

Applications for campus and Cloud (online) study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).


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