Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Undergraduate degree

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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

3 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

Endeavour to make a difference to people’s lives on a broad scale through Deakin’s Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion. You’ll learn how to tackle health issues and improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. Combined approaches involving community engagement, policy development, research, education and the media will give you the expertise needed to address the causes of poor health and improve wellbeing throughout society.

Gain extensive practical experience throughout your course, including 120-hours of work experience in a health-related agency in your final year. You’ll be able to start building your own professional network while putting your knowledge and skills to use in a practical setting under the supervision of qualified practitioners. By combining a strong theoretical base with hands-on learning in the field, you’ll graduate confident and career-ready.

Interested in understanding key public health issues to improve the lives of others and contribute to a healthier community?

This course seeks to examine and act on the factors that cause poor health, as well as understanding those that create and sustain good health. You’ll work towards creating a healthier population by increasing health education, encouraging healthy practices and influencing policy.

Build your expertise in health promotion and gain important skills in industry-recognised competencies, including:

  • planning and evaluation
  • health communication strategies
  • epidemiology
  • health research.

Work-integrated learning is a core component of this course and provides you with the chance to gain real-world experience to further develop your expertise, while building your resume so that you can launch a successful career in the booming health sector.

With a variety of public health issues affecting healthcare systems globally, job growth in the sector is increasing. There are many different pathways and career opportunities in government and the private sector across Australia and internationally. You’ll be qualified to work in areas such as:

  • community development
  • health education
  • health promotion
  • health research
  • policy and planning
  • program development
  • social planning
  • women’s health.

At Deakin, you’ll be encouraged to mould your career around those that match your interests and passions in health. Throughout your degree, your teachers and mentors will frequently discuss different case studies to help spark ideas for your unique career pathway. You will also have the opportunity to join an overseas study tour, where you’ll use your acquired skills to promote health in countries as diverse as Bhutan, Cambodia, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion 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 16 core units (these are compulsory) and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study), that can be taken from any faculty.

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

16

Compulsory units

8

Elective units

24

Total units

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Disease Prevention and Control HSH102
  • Local and Global Environments for Health HSH112
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data HBS108
  • Health Protection HSH103
  • Social Perspectives on Population Health HSH113
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 HSH205
  • Health Communication HSH208
  • Program Planning, Management and Evaluation HSH323
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Professional Practice HSH212
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2 HSH216
  • Population Health: A Research Perspective HSH319
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Politics, Policy and Health HSH302
  • Implementation and Evaluation HSH318
  • plus two elective units, one elective at level 3. 

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Contemporary Health Issues HSH313
  • Health Practicum HSH303
  • plus two elective units

    Electives

    Health Promotion elective units

  • Understanding Families and Health HSH105
  • Human Development and Healthy Families HSH206
  • Socio-Economic Status and Health HSH207
  • People, Health and Place HSH306
  • Other elective units

  • Creating Sustainable Futures HSH202
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400514323 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    H313
    CRICOS code?
    012753D
    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)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • 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

    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 on-line 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.

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning is a core feature of this course, and is embedded within all units, which includes assignments that replicate work in the field. Another feature of this course is the capstone experience, a 120-hour practice education placement 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. These placements enable you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    The following entry requirements are applicable to current Year 12 students and applicants who graduated from a senior secondary certificate in the past two years and haven't undertaken any further study.

    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 considerations.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate and have started a higher education program, 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 other than EAL or equivalent.

    Personal statement

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

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    TAFE experience

    If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate and have started a VET program, 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 other than EAL or equivalent.

    Personal statement

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

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate more than three years ago, or you have not successfully completed your senior secondary certificate, you can use your work and life experience to support your application.

    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 other than EAL or equivalent.

    Personal statement

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

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Biology, any English, Health And Human Development or any Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, English other than EAL, Health And Human Development 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

    Job growth in the health sector continues to increase as public health issues - such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, food access, sedentary lifestyles and ageing populations - affect healthcare systems globally.

    These are just some examples, and with many other public health issues becoming more prevalent, you can mould your career around those that match your interests and passions in the health field. Throughout your degree, we frequently discuss different case studies to help spark ideas for your unique career pathway.

    Career opportunities in government and private sector roles across Australia and internationally include:

    • community development coordinator
    • health policy developer
    • health promotion officer
    • health researcher
    • program development coordinator
    • program evaluator
    • social planning officer
    • women’s health officer.

    You may find employment in a range of health areas including:

    • tackling chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis and
      heart disease), plus developing and implementing prevention strategies
    • healthy eating
    • mental health
    • physical activity and environmental health
    • social inclusion
    • women’s health.

    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 obtain professional accreditation as a Health Promotion Practitioner with the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

    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 evidence-based research and a determinants-based knowledge of public health and health promotion to advocate for social change, promote good health and wellbeing, prevent poor health and reduce inequalities for individuals and populations alike.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively in oral and written forms with a range of stakeholders and promote positive, desired change.

    Digital Literacy

    Use information technology to effectively communicate, locate information and analyse data.

    Critical thinking

    Apply critical thinking and reflection to issues of contemporary health, related to policy and planning in public health and health promotion practice within an evidence-based framework.

    Problem Solving

    Apply an evidence-based learning framework to create solutions to diverse and complex health problems.

    Self-management

    Monitor and reflect on one’s own professional practice.

    Teamwork

    Develop knowledge and implement strategies in collaboration with others to build and enhance relevant partnerships and actions as a public health and health promotion practitioner.

    Global Citizenship

    Support public health and health promotion practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts and communities.

     

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