Bachelor of Health Sciences at Dandenong

Offered at: Deakin Learning Centre in Dandenong.
Duration: 3 years of full-time study. Part-time study is also available.
Deakin Code: H300DA

Course outline

The Bachelor of Health Sciences consists of a total of 24 credit points, of which 16 are specific to health. Within these 16 units you must complete two core units, HBS107 Understanding Health and HBS108 Health Information and Data. You will also need to complete two health-related major sequences such as:

Exercise Science

This major provides students with a sound understanding of the core sciences underpinning both competitive sport and recreational physical activity. A variety of learning approaches is adopted, allowing students to integrate their sporting interests with their studies, as well as to match these with their employment objectives.

Family, Society and Health

This major sequence focuses on the household and family as a setting for public health. You will explore issues facing households and families, including the link between healthy human development and healthy households, economic wellbeing and health, and the need for supportive environments. It is ideal if you wish to work in welfare, health promotion, or with organisations offering support services and resources for families.

Health Promotion

This major sequence will equip you with a sound knowledge of the causes of health and illness and provide you with effective strategies to help prevent illness. You will also gain practical skills in health education and communication, health planning and management, and promoting the health of populations and communities.


Students taking a nutrition major will gain a sound knowledge of the biological basis of human nutrition and the relationship between diet, health and disease.

People, Society and Disability

Completion of this major enables you to expand your job opportunities by being better informed about the positive options and techniques that are available to assist and support people with a disability. It is ideal if you wish to work in welfare, or with organisations offering disability support services.

Physical Activity and Health

This major provides students with an understanding of how behaviour influences health, with a particular emphasis on the relationships between physical activity and health.


This sequence develops students′ understanding of a range of topics in psychology, which is the science concerned with unravelling questions about human behaviour and mental processes. This six unit major is not intended for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.

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Why study this course?

  • You can get a Deakin degree by studying in Dandenong.
  • You will have access to computers and the Deakin Library online.
  • You will have access to academic support, guidance and advice through the newly developed Deakin Learning Centre.
  • You will be able to take advantage of the flexible course structure to tailor your degree towards your personal interests and career aspirations.
  • You can concentrate your studies on at least two health-related areas while exploring complementary areas of interest.
  • You can add diversity to your degree by undertaking elective units offered by other faculties within the University.
  • You may have the opportunity to apply your skills and gain valuable experience in work placements.
  • Deakin's academic staff members are well connected with the health industry and employers and have strong partnerships with the Department of Human Services. These partnerships help to ensure the course content remains relevant to the changing needs of the workplace.
  • Our staff members are involved in a range of research
    activities that both reflect and inform the teaching program.

Health student Dandenong

Bachelor of Health Sciences student, Allan Davis

What you will get out of it

At the end of the course you will:

  • have a unique qualification specific to your areas of personal interest
  • have knowledge and skills in a wide range of health areas
  • have practical skills gained through work placements (depending on the electives you choose)
  • be well prepared to undertake a wide variety of employment options (depending on the major sequences and electives you choose)
  • be well prepared to undertake a range of specialist postgraduate courses.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities in the health sector are strong and continue to grow steadily as public health issues such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes increasingly affect health care systems in Australia and globally.

Career outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences are diverse. Deakin graduates have found employment in a wide range of health-related roles in the public and private sector in health agencies, the fitness and sports industries, just to name a few.

Recent Deakin health sciences graduates have reported they are working in a range of roles such as:

  • family and community support worker;
  • health educator;
  • health promotion officer;
  • health and sport marketing officer;
  • project officer;
  • public relations officer.

While salaries depend on the level of experience and the particular role or work area chosen, they generally range between $40 000 and $80 000 plus.

Course duration and location

This course can be completed in three years of full-time study. Part-time study options are also available.

The Deakin Learning Centre is located at Level 3, 237 Lonsdale Street in Dandenong, where students have access to:

  • first year units taught via video conference with onsite tutorial support
  • cloud (online) learning
  • study skills support from Deakin Language and Learning Advisors
  • student peer mentors
  • computer workstations, Wi-Fi internet, printing and copying
  • multiple learning spaces for group work, formal presentations and social activities

Entry requirements

Year 12 applicants

  • Successful completion of VCE
  • Must have an ATAR of 50 or over
  • Study score of 30 in English (EAL), or 25 in any other English
  • Year 12 school leavers who complete a Senior VCAL Learning Program are eligible to apply

Non Year-12 applicants

  • Relevant higher education study successfully completed at an accredited Australian higher education institution
  • Deakin Access and Equity Program
  • Personal Statement to demonstrate your motivation and commitment to study, interest in health sciences and desire to pursue or advance a career in the area

How to apply

Apply online or complete a hard-copy application form (PDF 206 KB). If you would like a copy of the application form to be mailed to you, please call 9246 8995.

Once completed, return your application form, personal statement and supporting documentation to:

Administrative Coordinator
Deakin Learning Centre
Level 3, 237 Lonsdale Street
Dandenong VIC 3175

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Application form

PDF (PDF, 188.1 KB)

Important dates

 Trimester 2, 2016
Applications close11 July 2016
Trimester commences11 July 2016

Credit for Prior Learning

Deakin understands that many of the students who study with us come from backgrounds other than secondary school, such as TAFE, other universities and the workforce. As such, Deakin aims to provide as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning that exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course. Students are required to complete a minimum of one third of the course at Deakin University. Credit for Prior Learning will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Health - Student and Academic Services for more information about Credit for Prior Learning and how to apply.

Course fees

The University offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for this course. A Commonwealth Supported Place is one where the government pays a proportion of the study fees and the student finds the balance through the Higher Education Contribution Scheme-Higher Education Loan Program (HECS-HELP) - a loan scheme to help students pay for tuition costs. Repayments are made through the Australian taxation system once your annual income exceeds the minimum threshold for repayment. Visit the Fees website and for more information.

More information

For more information, please contact:

Mark Kennedy
Phone 03 9246 8995

Cheryl Davern
Phone 03 9246 8999

You may also wish to visit the Deakin Learning Centre in person
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Level 3, 237 Lonsdale Street

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