Bachelor of Health Sciences
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Health Sciences|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
November (Trimester 3) - not available at Warrnambool
March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)
November (Trimester 3) - not available at Warrnambool
|Tuition fee rate||Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|VTAC Codes||1400314301 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614301 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714301 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|CRICOS course code||052823G|
|Deakin course code||H300|
|Deakin Learning Centre course codes|
Deakin Learning Centre students must enrol in the course code applicable to their centre
> Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong H300DA
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Major sequences
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Work experience
If you know you want to work in the health sector, this health sciences course will help you explore the many career paths available.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin is a professionally-oriented degree, combining a solid foundation in health sciences with the flexibility to choose from a range of career specialisations. A newly enhanced suite of 6 compulsory core units, scaffolded across the 3 year levels of the degree, will equip you with the core skills and competencies required by contemporary health and human services industries.
In addition, you will select 2 of 13 available major sequences (spanning a range of disciplines from the health and social services sector) to tailor your study to your interests and career goals. The course offers multiple work-integrated learning opportunities, including a unit in the final year of study in which you will apply your theoretical knowledge in a real-word context.
Whatever your choice of majors, this is the degree to propel you into a rewarding career contributing to the promotion of good health and wellbeing across society.
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.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences provides students with the opportunity to structure their own course by combining two major sequences in health with a wide range of areas according to their own interests and career aspirations. Depending on the major sequences you take and your choice of electives, you could be qualified to work in areas such as health promotion, health education, community health, family and community support, health marketing, health and sport public relations, health policy development, nutrition and research in health areas.
To complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to one credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The 24 credit points include 6 core units (these are compulsory) and 2 major sequences of study from the Faculty of Health. A maximum of 8 credit points may be selected from units offered by other faculties.
The following majors and minors are available within the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Availability of majors and minors at each campus varies, including majors offered through Deakin Learning Centres. Refer to the details of each major for campus and Deakin Learning Centre availability.
- Environmental Health - Major
- Exercise Science - Major and Minor
- Family, Society and Health - Major and Minor
- Food Studies - Major and Minor
- Health Promotion - Major and Minor
- Health and Sustainability - Major and Minor
- Medical Biotechnology - Major and Minor
- Nutrition - Major and Minor
- People, Society and Disability - Major and Minor
- Physical Activity and Health - Major and Minor
- Psychological Science
- Psychology for Professional Development - Major and Minor
- Sport Coaching - Major and Minor
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|HBS108||Health Information and Data|
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|HSH211||Australian Health Care System|
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|HSH219||Population Health: A Research Perspective|
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|HSH323||Program Planning, Management and Evaluation|
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|HSH324||Integrated Learning for Practice|
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 3 – start studying in November 2016
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.
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-integrated learning is incorporated within this course, allowing students the opportunity to engage with industry and complete a range of authentic tasks. A core unit at third-year level, based on inter-professional learning (IPL), provides students the opportunity to draw together their cross-disciplinary learning to demonstrate the knowledge and the skills they have acquired throughout the course and apply them to real-world issues. HSH324 Integrated Learning for Practice, involves interdisciplinary teams working to develop responses to real-world problems for presentation to a professional audience.
Students have the option to complete a 120-hour field education placement unit (HSH322 Health Science Practicum) that provides you with an opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to a practical setting, where you can further your learning through realistic field experience. This placement enables you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.