Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

Undergraduate degree

Build the skills needed to work in a public health or health promotion role, as well as a foundation in commerce to excel in the business sector.

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Key facts


Waurn Ponds:
Lowest selection rank


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce combined course allows you to take your commercial knowledge into the fast-growing health sector, or your health expertise into the commercial world. Graduates can register with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), with Deakin being the only Victorian university to hold this accreditation. You will also gain a globally recognised commerce qualification and entry into professional commerce careers by learning to solve real commercial challenges alongside industry leaders.

The hands-on experience you will undertake in a health-related agency will equip you with the skills needed to work in a public health or health promotion role. Build a foundation of robust commercial and personal skills and pursue your passions by choosing to major in one of eight specialised areas of commerce. You will graduate ready to tackle a career with great scope in the booming health sector, the business sector or where the two intersect.

Do you want a broad and highly transferable skill set that helps you contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and societies?

This combined course gives you a thorough understanding of the social and environmental factors that cause poor health, as well as those that create and sustain good health. Examine how health is created and influenced in our society, and explore the different approaches for improving the population’s health.

Through community engagement, program planning and evaluation, capacity building, research, policy development and health communication you will develop professional practices that can be applied to a range of settings and population groups. You will also gain a professional business qualification through your studies in Commerce.

As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for a broad range of career paths – from business, marketing and management roles within the health industry, to health promotion and public health roles within the government, corporate, private and public sectors, including:

  • community development officer
  • community engagement officer
  • health promotion officer
  • health public relations officer
  • health researcher
  • medical marketing manager
  • partnerships coordinator
  • project manager
  • social marketing officer
  • social planning officer.

You will have opportunities to learn and collaborate with likeminded students in multidisciplinary teams, you will be exposed to both complementary and alternative health streams. You will also develop an understanding of the expertise and roles of different health professionals, many of whom you might find yourself working alongside in your future career.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion / Bachelor of Commerce

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400314251 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514251 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614251 - Online, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
031151F Burwood (Melbourne)
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 Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce 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.

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

  • 16 core units in public health and health promotion (these are compulsory)
  • 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units: MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132 and MWL101 (these are compulsory).
  • a prescribed Commerce major sequence
  • a minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 which must be Faculty of Business and Law units course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree.

See course entry Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (H313) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete

  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

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

    Note: Food and Agribusiness major is offered to students who commenced prior to 2022 only.

    Core Units

    Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Understanding Health
  • Disease Prevention and Control
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data
  • Health Protection
  • Economic Principles
  • Law for Commerce
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Local and Global Environments for Health
  • Health Communication
  • Business Analytics
  • Management
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Social Perspectives on Population Health
  • Professional Practice
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Professional Insight
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1
  • Program Planning, Management and Evaluation
  • Two commerce major units

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2
  • Population Health: A Research Perspective
  • Two commerce major units

    Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Politics, Policy and Health
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Two commerce major units

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Health Practicum
  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Two commerce major units

    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)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    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 Public Health and Health Promotion (H313)
    Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

    Course duration

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Working with Children Check

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


    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.

    Participation requirements

    The course contains core public health-health promotion unit HSH303 Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum that aims to provide students with an in-depth, working understanding of public health-health promotion principles and approaches in the field. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of public health-health promotion, this experience will help students further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in a public health-health promotion role. The practicum component follows one seminar session covering: the expectations of the unit, and overview of project management; and an introduction to workplace organisation and context.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    Public Health and Health Promotion

    The Public Health and Health Promotion Practicum requires you to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in a health-related agency. In addition to developing a practical understanding of public health-health promotion, this experience will help you further develop the professional and personal skills required to work in a public health-health promotion role.

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    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 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. unable to locate this information in schedule ABC

    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 Business, any English, Health and Human Development, any Information Technology or any Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, any Business, English other than EAL, Health and Human Development, any Information Technology or any Mathematics 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

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $12,761 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 on our Current students fees website.

    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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    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce with our pathways finder.

    Upon graduation, you may go on to complete further study in health by applying for Deakin's Master of Public Health, Master of Health Promotion, Master of Health Economics or Master of Health and Human Services Management. You may also be eligible for postgraduate study in business and commerce.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    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.

    120 hours of placement in a health agency

    Explore overseas learning with our partners

    Top 200 worldwide for public health**

    Graduate job ready through practical learning

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of this course you may find employment in either of these professional areas and work with groups such as children, adults, the disadvantaged and employees. Knowledge of business and health issues assists with executive management positions within the health industry that have policy development, budget and staff management responsibilities.

    As a graduate you may qualify to work in positions such as:

    • Health Promotion Officer
    • Community Development Officer
    • Social Planning Officer
    • Health Educator
    • Women’s Health Officer
    • Health Policy Developer
    • Planning Officer
    • Health Researcher
    • Partnerships Coordinator
    • Program Evaluator

    You will be prepared for a diverse range of employment areas including but not limited to healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, social inclusion, chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease) and women’s health.

    The opportunities available to you will be somewhat dependent on the major sequence you choose to undertake as part of your degree.

    The degree is a foundation for Honours and postgraduate study that leads to a research career in public health and/or health promotion or commerce.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion is fully accredited by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). This accreditation enables our health promotion graduates to register with the IUHPE as a registered Health Promotion Practitioner (HPP), securing you global as well as Australian recognition.

    Graduates may also be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and obtain professional accreditation as the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

    Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.

    Students who complete the accounting major can apply for the:

    Students who complete the marketing major are eligible for a one-year credit towards their five-year Certified Practicing Marketer and Chartered Marketer certifications awarded by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

    Students who complete the finance major are recognised through the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

    Students who complete the financial planning major satisfy the education standards of the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS). This enables students to provide financial advice in Australia and eligibility to enter certification programs of the professional financial planning associations. These include the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program by the Financial Adviser Association of Australia (FAAA).

    Depending on your units of study, commerce graduates are also eligible to apply for membership to the:

    Students should consult the professional body or a course adviser to identify additional requirements for membership.

    Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to whom they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.

    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 Public Health and Health Promotion (H313) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

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