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Build on your knowledge of health care, policy and systems with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours). Through a combination of coursework and original research, you’ll learn the analytical skills and research techniques that will take you into further study, or employment in the booming health sector.
Do you have questions about the health of our population you want answered? Why not follow your passions and discover the answers with your own research?
Contribute to existing studies in the contemporary health sector by completing an honours degree. You will have the opportunity to work with a world-class supervisor who will guide you through all the stages of research from data collection to implementation and execution, helping you produce a piece of independent, original research.
Focus on an area within the health sciences that you are passionate about. Research themes can include:
- community health
- gender, family, reproductive and sexual health
- health, diversity and social inclusion
- health economics
- health literacy
- nature and health
- obesity prevention, healthy food environments and food policy
- physical activity, motor skill competence and self-perception
- refugee health
- violence and abuse, prevention and intervention.
You will learn more than just your topic of research. You will develop the necessary skills to successfully conduct research, with units designed to build your knowledge of the process.
You can be confident that your research is guided by the most recent and groundbreaking findings within the health sector. Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development is home to three research centres, committed to improving the health of the population:
- The Centre for Population Health Research (CPHR)
- The Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE)
- The Health, Nature and Sustainability Group (HNS).
The school addresses the complex connections between determinants of health in their broadest sense, and social development in a variety of settings, and at a range of intervention levels. This means you will be immersed in the work of some of the world’s best researchers.
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To complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points, including two coursework units in research methods and research issues and an independent research project. Part-time students are required to complete the coursework components in their first year of study.
All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 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. Click here for more information.
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Semester 1 - February
- Start date: February
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Additional course information
For detailed information, particularly with respect to the selection of areas of study and availability of appropriate supervision, students should consult the School of Health and Social Development Current Student Honours page.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
There are no mandatory student checks required for this course.
You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree
This course is run from Burwood. It is possible to VMP into sessions if not located near Burwood. There is a minimum of four compulsory sessions although more sessions are offered to help students in their Honours year.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Due to the nature of Honours, students may have supervisors who are based in industry, which gives them a chance for work integrated learning. Even for students whose supervisors are based at Deakin, the form of work integrated learning takes the form of a research internship. In terms of data collection, this can involve interviews, focus groups or surveys, which may happen in the context of health and other services in which the students will be exposed to professional staff and associates carrying out their duties.
Higher education experience
If you successfully completed your bachelor degree, your selection is based on the following.
This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.
- Bachelor Degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM of at least 65 in all level 3 and level 4 Deakin units (or in final year units for awards from other providers) or
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.
Honours Project Preference Form
Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.
Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their 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.
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Recognition of prior learning
This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.
Students may be eligible to apply for credit for this course.
Details of institutional credit agreements are published in the RPL database
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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 8 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 fees and available payment 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
How to apply
This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.
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Why choose Deakin
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
Completing an honours year in health sciences prepares you for careers requiring an advanced skill set. Career opportunities include:
- community health development officer
- community recreation officer
- disability services advocacy and development
- family and community support
- food safety and development
- health services management
- health reform, policy and health promotion roles
- program developer in physical health and nutrition
- officer for refugee advocacy.
Your studies will also equip you with the research skills to take you into further postgraduate and research degrees.
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.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply Health Sciences/Public Health and Health Promotion knowledge to formulate a testable research question; develop a conceptual framework and select the appropriate methodological procedures for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; and disseminate research findings.
Communicate, defend and discuss all elements of the research project in the chosen field of study via oral and written means to a variety of audiences.
Select and use appropriate technologies to source, interpret, adapt, collate, analyse and disseminate relevant information to a variety of audiences.
Critically evaluate and synthesise the literature in the chosen field of study; and interpret research findings in the context of the literature in the chosen field of study.
Select and apply appropriate methodological principles and analytical techniques to answer a research question within the context of Health Sciences/Public Health and Health Promotion; and troubleshoot solutions to resolve complex problems associated with the research study.
Produce a realistic timeline for the research project and demonstrate effective self-management skills, autonomy and accountability that contribute to the development of lifelong learning as a researcher within Health Sciences/Public Health and Health Promotion.
Collaborate and work effectively with specialists, peers, academics and others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Engage in ethical and professional research practice whilst maintaining confidentiality, and respecting cultural sensitivities.
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