Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$9,707 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

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

Faculty of Business and Law
Melbourne Tel 03 9244 6555

Email enqblm@deakin.edu.au

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code031151F
VTAC Codes1400514251 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D388
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Choose to take your business nous into the thriving health industry, or your health expertise into the world of business with a versatile combined degree in Health and Commerce.

Good health is crucial to the wellbeing of individuals and societies.

This combined course gives you a thorough understanding of the social and environmental factors that cause poor health as well as those factors that create and sustain good health. You will examine how health is created and influenced in our society, and look at the different approaches for improving the population’s health.

Through community engagement, program planning and evaluation, capacity building, research, policy development and health communication you will learn professional practices that and can be 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.

Deakin’s commerce courses are some of the most flexible and broad-based business programs on offer at any Australian university. Our Bachelor of Commerce is the only Australian Bachelor of Commerce that is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a quality benchmark for business education programs globally.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for business, marketing and management roles within the health industry, as well as for health promotion and public health roles within the government, corporate, private and public sectors.

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).

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

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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 Learning Outcomes

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

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce students must complete 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points comprises 3 foundation health units, 13 core units in public health and health promotion, 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units and a prescribed Commerce major sequence

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

Core Units

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.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

Two commerce units

Level 1 - 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

Level 2 - 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

Level 3 - 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

Level 4 - 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

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.

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 and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

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.

Work experience

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.