Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Health Sciences

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool


Offered at Deakin Learning Centres

> Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
> Hamilton Learning Centre
> Portland Learning Centre
> Werribee Learning Centre

Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)
November (Trimester 3) - not at Warrnambool

Indicative annual fee 2015$7,950* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

CRICOS course code052823G
VTAC Codes1400314301 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714301 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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
> Hamilton Learning Centre H300HA
> Portland Learning Centre  H300PO
> Werribee Learning Centre H300WE

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Health Sciences provides a range of exciting opportunities and equips graduates with the skills needed to work in a variety of valuable settings within the Health Sector.

The course allows you to concentrate your studies on two specialised health-related areas and explore complementary study areas that appeal to your interests and career aspirations. Thus you are provided with both specialist knowledge and transferable, generic industry skills. You can also diversify your employment opportunities by undertaking elective units from any area of the University. This flexible degree is an excellent option for those looking to discover their passion in the health sector and also provides a pathway to further professional studies in the discipline.

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

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.

Course rules

The course consists of 24 credit points. At least 16 credit points must be selected from units offered by the Faculty of Health. These must include HBS107 Understanding Health, HBS108 Health Information and Data, plus at least two major sequences of study (see below). Students enrolled in H300D must take two of the majors offered in Dandenong. Students may take a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1. At least 14 credit points must be studied at level 2 or higher and at least four must be at level 3. A maximum of 8 credit points may be selected from units offered by other faculties.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
The following majors are available within the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Please note that availability of majors at each campus varies. Refer to the details of each major for campus availability.
Environmental Health
Exercise Science
Family, Society and Health*
Food Studies
Health Promotion*
Health and Sustainability 
Medical Biotechnology
People, Society and Disability*
Physical Activity and Health
Sport Coaching
*Majors available to students enrolled in H300D at Dandenong

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.

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).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.