Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length

4 years full-time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Get a valuable qualification in nursing, along with a deep understanding of the causes of poor health and the skills to help people engage in healthier lifestyles. It’s time to make a difference to health outcomes of individuals and populations with this combined degree.

Develop the knowledge, skills and ethical behaviours to practise as a registered nurse clinician and gain employment in a range of health care contexts including hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care settings, clinics, schools, universities and community health centres. Purpose-built clinical simulation centres at Deakin provide you with the facilities and equipment required to develop practical nursing skills, which are further enhanced through clinical placements.

This combined degree also gives you specialised education in public health and health promotion. Public health is the organised response by society to protect and promote health and prevent disability. By looking at the patterns of health and disease, public health focuses on the health of populations, rather than at the level of the individual. Health promotion is about working with people to improve their health and creating environments that support health – be they environmental, legal, physical, economic or social.

You will study the foundations of 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. Plus you 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.

On completion of this course you will leave with capabilities, including research skills and analytical thinking, project management skills, communication skills, and capacity building, community development and negotiation skills. Additionally, the course will prepare you for roles in either nursing and/or public health and health promotion where you will work toward the prevention of disease, equity in access to health care or health systems and assist with rehabilitation and recovery frameworks.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements. Graduates may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

Notes:

  1. Bachelor of Nursing component: This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.
  2. Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion component: 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.
: 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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year. All units in this course are core units (these are compulsory).

You must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in your course of study.

There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.

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

Units

Course structure for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines

HSH208Health Communication

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HNN222Mental Health and Illness

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HSH212Professional Practice

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HNN217Community Nursing Practice

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

Level 4 - Trimester 1

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

Level 4 - Trimester 2

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Practice

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: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

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

 Inherent requirements

Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete the undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse and/or midwife. The inherent requirements of the course are listed at School of Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Courses: Inherent Requirements

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 Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Prerequisite requirements for Year 12 applicants please refer to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) http://www.vtac.edu.au/

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.

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

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Nursing (H326)
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. There is an expectation that you are available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your own responsibility.

Work experience

Clinical practice

Beginning soon after commencement of the course, early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, midwifery, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing.

There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your own responsibility.

Public Health and Health Promotion

The Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum requires you to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of public health-health promotion, this experience will help you further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in a public health-health promotion role.