The following information is for students interested in H412 Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours) and H400 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours).

What is Honours?

The Honours year builds on the foundation of study in content and research methods provided by the three year undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Promotion or Health Sciences.

The aim of the fourth, or Honours, year is to provide appropriate units of study to enhance graduate skills and employability, enable students to qualify for research candidature in a higher degree (MSc, MA and PhD), and to expand students' knowledge in their chosen field of study.

Students from the Bachelor of Health Sciences specialising in Exercise & Sport Science, Physical Activity & Health, Molecular Biology & Physiology and Food Science & Nutrition may wish to consider undertaking an Honours program through the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. To learn more, visit the Honours information page for the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

What does Honours study involve?

In the Honours programs a candidate must complete the equivalent of eight credit points over one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The requirements include an independent research project/thesis worth four credit points conducted under the supervision of two supervisors, at least one of whom will be a School of Health and Social Development staff member; a two-credit points unit in research methods; and a two credit points unit in developing research skills in health sciences.

What skills will I gain by doing Honours?

During your Honours studies you will:

  • Develop higher level skills in information retrieval and the critical analysis of published material
  • Develop conceptual frameworks and methodological procedures for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data
  • Become familiar with significant ethical and professional issues
  • Produce a thesis which demonstrates evidence of research ability and written communication skills

Contact details

Dr Lynne Millar
+61 3 52278420

Dr Gary Sacks
Ph: +61 3 9251 7105

Find out more

Honours student Sarah Roberts tells us about her experiences

Please note that applications for entry into H400/H412 are due at the end of November in the year preceding that in which you plan to start. Information on current Honours projects can be found below. If you're interested in finding out more about these topics, contact the School of Health and Social Development.

H400/H412 Further Information

Course information handbooks

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