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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Undergraduate degree

Gain a solid foundation in health sciences, benefit from workplace learning and specialise in your chosen field in preparation for a successful career.

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International student information

Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

A rewarding career in health gives you the chance to reduce health disparities and help individuals and communities – in Australia and overseas – to lead fuller, healthier and happier lives. As a Bachelor of Health Sciences graduate, you can be confident you will have a solid grounding in a range of health-related fields. You will graduate 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.^

Become a specialist in up to three major areas or broaden your knowledge and skill set through elective units.* Combining your interests with multiple majors can increase your competitiveness for a variety of health roles while opening the door to further study. This course also offers valuable workplace learning opportunities, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge in real-world contexts and build professional networks in the health sector.

Are you looking for a flexible course that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of people in local and global communities?

If you want a career that tackles the big issues in health, our degree gives you the opportunity to learn from leaders in their field and build genuine industry connections. You will get the chance to explore and combine your specific interests, while gaining unique expertise relevant to contemporary issues in health.

Choose from 13 diverse majors that will equip you with a sought-after and transferable skill set to launch a successful career in the booming health industry. Major study areas include:

  • disability and inclusion
  • environmental health
  • exercise science
  • family, society and health
  • food studies
  • health promotion
  • health, nature and sustainability
  • medical biotechnology
  • nutrition
  • physical activity and health
  • psychological science
  • psychology for allied health
  • public health.

Depending on your majors, your health sciences degree can prepare you for work in the following roles and fields including:

  • community engagement officer
  • disability support planner
  • environmental and sustainability officer
  • exercise specialist
  • health promotion coordinator
  • international aid worker
  • nutrition coordinator
  • policy adviser
  • sustainability coordinator.

This flexible degree allows you to combine study areas that you are passionate about and benefit from workplace learning to become a specialist in the thriving health sector. The possibility to undertake an elective Health Practicum offered in your final year gives you the option to complete 120-hours of work experience in a health-related organisation. This gives you the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge in a real-word context, adding experience to your resume and developing your professional networks in the health sector.

Whatever your choice of majors, this is the degree to propel you into a rewarding career contributing to the promotion of health and wellbeing across society.

Are you a current Year 12 student? If you are interested in studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Health Sciences at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus, you may be able to secure your place through the Deakin Regional Access Scheme. This scheme offers an alternate pathway to undergraduate study at Deakin by looking at your skills, experience and achievements.~

*Completing three majors is not possible if a student selects the psychological science major.

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

~ All courses at Deakin have a minimum ATAR requirement of 50.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400314303 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514303 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714303 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
H300
CRICOS code?
052823G Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
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 students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to one credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 6 core units (these are compulsory) and 2 major sequences of study from the Faculty of Health. A maximum of 8 credit points may be selected from units offered by other faculties.

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

* Please note 
Specific majors within this degree may require you to take additional first year degree units if you transfer to Deakin University. The degree may therefore take longer to complete.

Core units

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
  • Major sequences

    The following majors and minors are available within the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

    Availability of majors and minors at each campus varies, including majors offered through Deakin Learning Centres. Refer to the details of each major for campus and Deakin Learning Centre availability.

    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)

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 3 - November

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

    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

    H718 Master of Dietetics pre-requisites

    If you are intending on completing the Master of Dietetics pre-requisites within the Bachelor of Health Sciences, we recommend that you contact Student Central prior to enrolling to discuss enrolment options. If this is your intended pathway, keep in mind that there may be restrictions on your choice of major sequences and you will have on campus attendance requirements in order to complete all of the prerequisite units for the Master of Dietetics. You can find detailed information on the course entry requirements and frequently asked questions relating to the Master of Dietetics here

    Course duration

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Applicable only to students undertaking practicum unit as an elective. Not mandatory for all students.

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) for the relevant state prior to undertaking a optional placement as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students if they enrol into an optional placement unit. Learn more about the Working with Children Check.

    Police record check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for any optional placements as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students if they enrol into an optional placement unit.

    Workload

    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 is incorporated within this course, allowing students the opportunity to engage with industry and complete a range of authentic tasks. 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.

    Students have the option to complete a 120 hour field education placement unit (HSH303 Health Practicum) 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. This placement enables you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.

    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

    ATAR

    • 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 haven’t 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 6.0) 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 Biology, any English or Health And Human Development equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, English other than EAL or Health And Human Development 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 such as the Master of Public Health, Master of Health Promotion, Master of Health Economics, Master of Health and Human Services Management and the Master of Human Nutrition. There is also a range of graduate diploma or graduate certificate options available in these fields.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    This flexible degree allows you to combine study areas that you are passionate about, and benefit from workplace learning to become a specialist in the booming health sector.

    Depending on your majors, your health sciences degree can prepare you for work in the following roles and fields:

    • community engagement officer
    • case manager
    • disability support planner
    • family/community project officer
    • environmental and sustainability officer
    • exercise specialist
    • food and nutrition policy developer
    • food scientist
    • health and sports marketer or PR officer
    • health educator or counsellor
    • health policy developer
    • health promotion officer
    • inclusion professional
    • Indigenous support officer
    • international aid worker
    • lifestyle and wellness professional
    • medical biotechnology researcher
    • nutrition and health promotion coordinator
    • policy adviser
    • regional health service planner
    • sustainability coordinator
    • women's health officer.

    Your choice of majors lets you tailor your degree to your interests and your desired career path. Find out more using our interactive Bachelor of Health Sciences majors and careers guide.

    The healthcare and social assistance sector is one of the largest and fastest growing industries both within Australia and the world. With ageing populations and public health issues, such as obesity and chronic illness on the rise, and with governments around the world increasing emphasis on disease prevention, as well as treatment, employability in the sector is strong and continually increasing. In Australia, the healthcare and social assistance sector is projected to grow by 15.8% over the five years to May 2026 – that is 301,000 new jobs.*

    You may choose to begin your studies with a Bachelor of Health Sciences to get a solid grounding in health sciences and explore your interest areas, then follow a pathway into psychology, nutrition, public health or nursing. This will allow you to pursue further career opportunities in specialist fields.

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

    Professional recognition

    The Health Promotion major of this course is fully accredited by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). This enables students who complete this major to register with the IUHPE as a registered Health Promotion Practitioner, securing them global recognition.

    The Psychological Science major of the Bachelor of Health Science meets the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) translating into excellent job and career opportunities for our graduates. Upon graduation of this degree, you will have gained a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and recognised for registration purposes by the PsyBA, enabling you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional registration.

    While studying the nutrition major in this course you are eligible to apply for student membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Upon graduation you may be eligible to apply for ordinary membership of NSA or apply to become a registered Associate Nutritionist. Registration will ensure you are recognised as a qualified nutrition professional in the field.

    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

    Integrate and apply a broad and coherent knowledge of the determinants of health and illness, health and social data, health equity, cultural diversity, human rights, public policy, health and social systems, and ethical practice, to plan, implement and evaluate programs relevant to health and community services sectors.

    Communication

    Use a range of modes of communication to engage and facilitate groups, organisations and culturally diverse communities as well as communicate discipline specific knowledge to a variety of audiences such as professionals, government and non-government representatives, community members, clients and/or patients.

    Digital literacy

    Select and use appropriate technologies to source, interpret, evaluate, adapt, collate and disseminate relevant information to professional networks and communities in an ethical and professional manner.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse evaluate and synthesise relevant discipline specific issues and contemporary literature/research within the health and social services field, applying an evidence-based approach.

    Problem solving

    Apply best practice and respond effectively using well-developed cognitive and creative skills within an evidence-based framework to identify, research, analyse, generate and provide practical solutions to a range of changing, diverse and complex health issues, contributing new insights, solutions or understanding.

    Self-management

    Employ independent, self-directed work and learning practices in a responsible manner, including self-reflection, in order to practice professionally and contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations.

    Teamwork

    Establish and facilitate collaborative professional relationships, adapting roles and working as part of interdisciplinary teams with a range of stakeholders to advance the health science field.

    Global citizenship

    Reflect on a variety of viewpoints, attitudes and beliefs, including one’s own, to engage ethically in professional practice and foster capacity building in health sciences within globally diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.