Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

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

March (Trimester 1)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$27,520 AUD
CRICOS course code031151F
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code D388
VTAC Codes1400514253 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

This course structure applies to students who commenced in 2016.
Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to the Handbook Archive for their course structure and consult with their enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Health is crucial to the wellbeing of individuals and society with numerous career opportunities worldwide for health and community services professionals. Businesses are also recognising the importance of the health of their employees and the communities within which they work.
This combined course provides you with a thorough understanding of the social and environmental factors that cause poor health as well as those factors that create and sustain good health. Throughout this course you will examine how health is created or influenced in our society and the wide range of approaches for improving the population’s health such as community engagement, program planning and evaluation, capacity building, research, policy development and health communication. These approaches reflect professional practice and are applied to a range of settings and population groups.
You will also gain a professional business qualification through your studies in the complementary discipline of commerce. These studies incorporate aspects of business systems and processes, management, marketing, human resources, finance, economics, commercial law and business information systems, depending on the major sequence you choose to undertake in the commerce component of your degree.

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

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.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you may find employment in either of these professional areas and work with groups such as children, adults, the disadvantaged and employees. Knowledge of business and health issues assists with executive management positions within the health industry that have policy development, budget and staff management responsibilities.

As a graduate you may qualify to work in positions such as Health Promotion Officer, Community Development Officer, Social Planning Officer, Health Educator, Women’s Health Officer, Health Policy Developer, Planning Officer, Health Researcher, Partnerships Coordinator or Program Evaluator. You will be prepared for a diverse range of employment areas including but not limited to healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, social inclusion, chronic illness (such as  asthma, arthritis, heart disease) and women’s health.

The opportunities available to you will be somewhat dependent on the major sequence you choose to undertake as part of your degree.

The degree is a foundation for Honours and postgraduate study that lead to a research career in public health and/or health promotion or commerce.

Course rules

This combined course comprises 32 credit points of study. Students will undertake 16 credit points in the Bachelor of Commerce and 16 credit points in the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Commerce (M300) and the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion must be satisfied.

The 16 credit points studied within the Faculty of Business and Law must include the 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units: MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132, MWL101 and MCA010 (0 credit points). In addition students must complete a prescribed Commerce major sequence and a minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 which must be Faculty of Business and Law units course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree.

The 16 credit points taken within the Faculty of Health includes three foundation health units and 13 core units in public health and health promotion.

See course entry Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

Two commerce units

Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

Two commerce units

Level 2

Trimester 1
HSH113Social Perspectives on Population Health

HSH208Health Communication

Two commerce units

Trimester 2

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

HSH212Professional Practice

Two commerce units

Level 3

Trimester 1
HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

Two commerce units

Trimester 2

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

Two commerce units

Level 4

Trimester 1
HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

Two commerce units

Trimester 2

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

HSH319Population Health: A Research Perspective

Two commerce units

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)
Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

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 undergraduate English language requirements.

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.

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