Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate degree

Develop a transferable skill set based on your interests, while gaining a solid grounding in health sciences to expand your career prospects.

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Key facts


4 years full-time

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Course overview

Build a degree tailored to your interests with a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts. This flexible and diverse degree will equip you with a unique skill set that will unlock wide-ranging career opportunities and give you a competitive edge in the job market. With over 35 major options, you will develop specialist knowledge in your chosen disciplines and learn how to apply critical, creative and strategic thinking to solve real-world issues.

Explore meaningful ideas that matter to you with your arts studies. Get the critical thinking, communication and leadership skills needed to address current and emerging global challenges in a rapidly changing world. Along with your research, analysis and problem-solving skills you will be highly employable in many areas and prepared for a successful career in the largest and fastest-growing employment sector in Australia, with employment in Health Care and Social Assistance projected to grow by 15.8% by 2026.^

Are you looking to develop a cross-disciplinary skill set that empowers you to design your own future?

This combined degree gives you the freedom to choose majors based on your interests to connect and expand your career prospects. You will study equal parts health sciences and arts, ensuring you graduate with a well-developed skill set in both disciplines.

Build a solid foundation in health while developing your skills across a range of arts, communications, humanities and social science disciplines. Create original course combinations by choosing majors including (but not limited to):

  • strategic advertising
  • criminology
  • disability and inclusion
  • education
  • family, society and health
  • food studies
  • health, nature and sustainability
  • health promotion
  • indigenous studies
  • international relations
  • sport journalism
  • media and communication
  • physical activity and health
  • politics and policy studies
  • public health
  • sociology
  • sport and society.

You will select either the Global Challenges sequence or the Employability sequence which enable you to develop the required skills for your dream career. Learn to respond to the evolving and dynamic landscape of work, society and the environment using your own innovative, inspiring and enthusiastic responses.

Do you have a desire to make a difference in the world or want to make an impact in your community? Then the Global Challenges sequence may be for you. You will learn how to approach, understand and respond to the large challenges that face us today. Advance your creativity and critical thinking whilst taking your communications skills to the next level. You will become a future leader ready to problem solve the challenges you face.

The Employability sequence provides real life experience during your course to develop the kinds of skills you will need in the workplace and demonstrating how to translate the skills you learn in your course into a successful career. Customisable to suit your interests, you can focus on leaderships skills, developing your entrepreneurial mindset or how to craft persuasive communications. It will give you an insight into how different organisations work, provide networking opportunities and real industry engagement that are tailored to your individual career aspirations.

Further opportunities to pursue work-integrated learning experiences and industry practicums are available throughout the course, including the Health practicum offered in the health promotion major, giving you the option to complete 120 hours of work experience in a health-related organisation.

You will gain invaluable experience by immersing yourself in your chosen field – whether it’s helping to design public relations campaigns for major food companies or working at grassroots level in the community through health education programs.

You may also have the opportunity to experience different cultures by taking your studies abroad. Various in-country and authentic virtual global experiences can be undertaken as part of your studies. Gain a global perspective that will give you an international outlook and a competitive edge.

^2021 Employment Projections – for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government, Jobs and Skills Australia.

This course sits as part of a larger group of courses. For more information refer to the Health group.

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Course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts


2024 course information

VTAC code
1400314073 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514073 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
035503K Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

You must fulfil the requirements of each of the two degrees in your course of study.

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points which must include:

  • 16 credit points from the Faculty of Health including 6 compulsory core units in the Bachelor of Health Sciences PLUS one major (6 credit points) and one minor (4 credit points)
  • 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts comprising of core units in either the Global Challenge sequence (3 credit points) or Employability sequence (3 credit points) PLUS one major sequence (8 credit points) as described under course A310 Bachelor of Arts. The remaining credit point(s) may be used to undertake a Bachelor of Arts minor sequence or to take additional elective units chosen from the Bachelor of Arts. A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001* Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

Core units

The course structure includes 16 credit points from each of the two component courses. The 16-unit maximum size of the component degrees of combined courses does not permit students in D391 to complete two major sequences within the Health Sciences degree. For this reason, they are restricted to a major sequence and a minor sequence.

The sixteen credit points within the Health Sciences component of the combined course are made up of:

  • The six core units of the Bachelor of Health Sciences;
  • A major sequence of six credit points consisting of the specified units at Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • A minor sequence of four credit points, consisting of at least one unit at Level 1 and no more than one unit at Level 3 (subject to pre-requisite requirements) from the set of approved minor sequences.

Students cannot select a minor in Environmental Health, or Psychological Science, due to difficulties of sequencing and in maintaining curriculum logic.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Understanding Health
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Australian Health Care System
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Population Health: A Research Perspective
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Program Planning, Management and Evaluation
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Integrated Learning for Practice

  • The sixteen credit points within the Arts and Education component of the combined course are made up of:

    • The 3 credit points in the Employability sequence OR 3 credit points in Global Challenge sequence;
    • A major sequence of 8 credit points as described under course A310 Bachelor of Arts;
    • Remaining credit point(s) may be used to undertake a Bachelor of Arts minor sequence or to take additional elective unit chosen from the Bachelor of Arts.
    • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 of Arts coded units.

    Employability sequence

  • Your Future Direction
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Leadership and Transformation
  • Communication and Persuasive Presentation
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Expand Your Experience
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Internship
  • Enhance Your Experience
  • Your Professional Story
  • OR

    Global Challenges sequence

  • Global Challenges and Personal Agency
  • Global Challenges and Innovation Strategies
  • Global Challenges and Collaborative Action
  • Major sequences

    Health Majors - Major and minor sequence available unless stated otherwise

    Arts Majors - Major and minor sequence available unless stated otherwise

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Note - Online is not available to international students.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300)
    Bachelor of Arts (A310)

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Please refer to the relevant unit guide.


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, 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 experience

    Work Integrated Learning

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter - it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Art, Biology, Dance, Drama, any English, Health And Human Development, any Humanities, any LOTE, Media, Creative And Digital Media (VCE VET) I, any Music, Studio Arts, Theatre Studies or Visual Communication Design equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Art, Biology, Dance, Drama, English other than EAL, Health And Human Development, any Humanities, any LOTE, Media, Creative And Digital Media (VCE VET) I any Music, Studio Arts, Theatre Studies or Visual Communication Design equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.
    Your Recognition of prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs in a wide range of areas including public health, health economics, public health nutrition.


    Career outcomes

    Blend creativity and empathy to make a positive impact and fortify your future health career with a solid grounding in the arts. Gain the skills to bridge gaps between art, culture, and well-being. Your career opportunities from this degree will vary depending on the majors you have selected. You will be curating your future career from day one and graduating with a variety of career paths that you could pursue.

    Studying health sciences could lead you into careers in areas such as:

    • community health
    • counselling
    • disability and inclusion
    • environmental health
    • health education
    • health promotion
    • nutrition
    • regional health service planning
    • sports development.

    An arts degree provides you with solid transferable skills that can be applied across diverse industries and careers. Depending on your majors, you could find yourself in fields such as:

    • advertising and marketing
    • criminology, sociology and policy
    • culture and creative arts
    • education
    • government and NGO’s
    • language and international relations
    • media, writing and communication
    • international relations and politics.

    Your majors can also help you pursue careers where your degrees overlap. Careers such as health media, food writing, international relations and public relations for health and food organisations all require the skills acquired from both health science and arts degrees.

    At Deakin, you will feel supported as you shape your future career, whether you want to work in a specific sector or industry, an emerging job of the future or even create a dream career that might not yet exist – a world of opportunity awaits.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    See course entry for Bachelor of Health Sciences (H300) or Bachelor of Arts (A310)