Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$8,310* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

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

LevelUndergraduate
VTAC Codes1400314321 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514321 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code012753D
Deakin course code H313

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion provides specialist training in public health and health promotion skills. This course will allow you to gain skills in industry-recognised competencies, allowing you to understand and act upon those factors which cause poor health and those factors which create and sustain good health, such as planning and evaluation, health communication strategies, epidemiology, and research skills. Students completing this course will undertake a 120 hour industry placement in their final year. Students are also able to complete a major sequence of study to suit their interests and diversify their employment opportunities. This is a growing field, with graduates finding exciting government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally.
 
Throughout the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, you will develop a wide range of knowledge and practical skills, such as generating and utilising evidence for public health and health promotion practice; developing skills in program design, implementation, and evaluation; and developing tools to analyse public health and health promotion policy.
 
A key strength of the course is its vocational relevance which is maintained through the close association staff have established with practising professionals from a wide range of sectors including health, education, government, environment and planning.
 
The degree is a foundation for honours and postgraduate study that lead to a research career in public health and/or health promotion.

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 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 Public Health and Health Promotion provides specialist training in public health and health promotion skills. This course will allow you to gain skills in industry-recognised competencies, allowing you to understand and act upon those factors which cause poor health and those factors which create and sustain good health. As a graduate you may qualify to work in positions including health promotion officer, community development officer, social planning officer, health educator, women’s health officer, health policy developer, planning officer, health researcher, program development officer or program evaluator. You may find employment in a diverse range of 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.

Course rules

The course comprises 24 credit points of study, including 3 foundation health units, 13 core units in public health and health promotion and 8 elective units. No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1. At least 14 credit points of study must be at level 2 or higher, and at least 4 credit points must be at level 3. The 8 elective units may be chosen from any Faculty in the University. Any majors completed will be recognised on a student's final academic transcript.

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HSH111Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

HSH113Social Perspectives on Population Health

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSH112Local and Global Environments for Health

plus one elective unit

Level 2
Trimester 1

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

HSH208Health Communication

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HSH212Professional Practice

HSH216Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2

HSH218Planning and Evaluation 2

plus one elective unit

Level 3
Trimester 1
HSH302Politics, Policy and Health

HSH303Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

HSH313Contemporary Health Issues

HSH319Population Health: A Research Perspective

plus two elective units

Health Promotion elective units
HSH105Understanding Families and Health

HSH206Human Development and Healthy Families

HSH207Socio-Economic Status and Health

HSH210Social Diversity and Health

HSH306People, Health and Place

Other elective units

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

Major sequences

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion are able to undertake a major sequence of study to suit their interests and diversify their employment opportunities. However, as the course provides training in specialist public health and health promotion skills, it is not necessary to undertake a major sequence of study.


Work-Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning is a core feature of this course, and is embedded within all units, which includes assignments that replicate work in the field. Another feature of this course is the capstone experience, a 120-hour field education placement 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. These placements enable you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.

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 Deakin Admissions 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.

 

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