Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce

Undergraduate degree

With a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/ Bachelor of Commerce, you'll be immersed in a the world of health and business. Find out more.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce is a versatile course that allows you to take your business knowledge into the fast-growing health sector, or your health expertise into the business world. Examine approaches to improve health systems and outcomes, while gaining practical skills through field-based programs. You’ll also gain a complementary professional business qualification through your commerce studies.

The hands-on work experience you’ll 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 business and personal skills, and pursue your passions by choosing to major in one of nine specialised areas of business.

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’ll develop professional practices that can be applied to a range of settings and population groups. You’ll also gain a professional business qualification through your studies in the complementary discipline of Commerce.

As a graduate, you’ll be well-prepared for a broad range of career opportunities – 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.

Our multidisciplinary approach will enable you to broaden your knowledge across a variety of areas in health and business. Plus, with opportunities to learn and collaborate with likeminded students in multidisciplinary teams, you’ll be exposed to both complementary and alternative health streams. You’ll also develop an understanding of the expertise and roles of different health professionals, many of whom you may find yourself working alongside in your future career.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion/Bachelor of Commerce students must complete 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 32 credit points comprises 3 foundation health units, 13 core units in public health and health promotion, 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units and a prescribed Commerce major sequence

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

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core Units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Understanding Health
  • Disease Prevention and Control
  • Two commerce units

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data
  • Health Protection
  • Two commerce units

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Local and Global Environments for Health
  • Health Communication
  • Two commerce units

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Social Perspectives on Population Health
  • Professional Practice
  • Two commerce units

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

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

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

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

    Level 4 - Trimester 1

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

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Health Practicum
  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Two commerce units

    Key information

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

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400514253 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    D388
    CRICOS code?
    031151F
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

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    Additional course information

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

    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

    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. Refer the relevant unit guide.

    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 classes, 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. Click here for more information.

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    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

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV).  Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV).  Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Entry information

    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 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

    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 calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made 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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    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 pathway to the Honours program and subsequently higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework courses.

    Why choose Deakin

    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 or 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 lead to a research career in public health and/or health promotion or commerce.

    Professional recognition

    Graduates from the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA). Commerce graduates may apply for membership of CPA, CAANZ, IPA and ACCA.

    Students who complete the accounting major sequence are eligible to apply for admission to the:

    CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
    Associate membership for the CPA Program, CPA Australia
    IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and
    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - A limited number of exemptions may apply. Please refer to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for further information.

    The Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Financial Planning) is a course approved by the new financial planning standards body - the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).   Graduates who complete the Financial Planning major sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce will satisfy the education standards prescribed by FASEA to be able to provide financial advice in Australia and be eligible for entry into the certification programs of the professional financial planning associations - the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation offered by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).

    Students who complete the marketing major are eligible for a one year credit reduction, off the five years, needed to become a Certified Practicing Marketer by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

     

    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 who 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).