Bachelor of Community Health


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

  • Gain specialised non-clinical skills and knowledge in community health and explore your passion for wellness.
  • Focus your studies in areas such as mental health, disability and aged care.
  • Work on real-world projects that shape the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Graduate career-ready with the skills to easily transition into community health care environments.


Study a 100% online community health degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Gain specialised non-clinical skills and knowledge in community health and fuel your passion for wellness.

Learn how to plan, develop, implement and evaluate community health programs, along with strategies to address health challenges faced by diverse communities. Through a combination of industry-focused assessments and projects, and supported by a strong theoretical foundation, this degree will prepare you to work as a non-clinical health professional across the health and community care sector.

Graduates will come out with the skills that employers are looking for. You’ll understand the impact of changing regulations, develop the skills to work with a diverse range of clients, and you’ll be up-to-date with new digital technologies used in the field.

What you'll learn

This degree will prepare you for a career as a non-clinical health professional, providing you with a strong foundation of knowledge in areas like human biology, psychology, mental health and cultural safety in both national and international settings.

You’ll learn how to work with a diverse range of clients, to develop plans that assist in the delivery of care by health professionals, and how to remain up-to-date with the changing regulations and technologies in this evolving field.

You’ll work on projects in your final year that directly enhance the lives of individuals and groups in your community.

Some of the courses you’ll study include:

  • Nutrition and Health
  • Disability and Ageing – Diversity and Discrimination
  • Project Management for Health and Wellness
  • Public Health

Tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects through your choice of electives - you can select two electives from a range of UniSA Online degrees.

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year

  • Critical Approaches to Online Learning
  • The Social World
  • Foundations of Human Biology 1
  • Psychology Concepts
  • Foundations of Human Biology 2
  • Exploring Global and National Health
  • First Peoples' Health
  • Introduction to Mental Health

Second year

  • Lifespan Growth and Motor Development
  • Professional Communication to Work in the Health Industry
  • Foundations of Nutrition and Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Law, Ethics and Policy
  • Age and Disability Friendly Environments
  • Project Management for Health and Wellness
  • Elective

Third year

  • Public Health
  • Supporting Dignity through Enablement
  • Disability and Ageing: Diversity and Discrimination
  • Case Management for Consumer Directed Care in Disability and Aged Care
  • Transition to Employment
  • Community Health Project 1
  • Community Health Project 2
  • Elective

Study Community Health 100% online

Dr Anna Gregory, Online Course Facilitator and Dr Negin Mirriahi, Academic Developer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the Community Health degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

Why a Bachelor of Community Health

Health is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia and internationally, and there is a strong demand for professionals with skills in non-clinical health, policy and wellbeing.

This degree allows you to put your knowledge into practice. You’ll work on real-world projects that can make a difference to your local community and beyond. You'll graduate with the skills to pursue career opportunities in environments that support community health in a range of areas including disability and ageing.

We have extensive industry connections and partnerships right around the world. These connections enable us to design a curriculum that reflects the latest in community health research and practice.

For example, many of our researchers, and our teaching staff are involved with the South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI), The Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, the Centre for Population Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology.

Your career

There are diverse opportunities for community health professionals in not-for-profit, government and private sectors – and there are excellent career prospects in metropolitan cities, rural and regional areas.

Professionals seeking work in non-government positions may find employment with community development organisations, welfare centres, social enterprises, neighbourhood houses, emergency relief agencies, home and community care organisations and residential care facilities.

A UniSA Online Community Health degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Lead community health worker: Supervise a team of Community Health Workers engaged in delivering support and care, resources, as well as education programs for clients to improve their health and well-being; oversee all facets of daily operations within the organisation, including budgets; and work collaboratively with key groups and agencies to develop sustainable partnerships.
  • Community health development officer: Identify community skills, assets, issues and needs; develop new resources and services in collaboration with the community; evaluate existing programs; help to raise awareness on issues relevant to the community and needs; encourage participation in activities, and build links with other groups and agencies.
  • Disability support coordinator: Assist people with intellectual and physical disabilities in accessing services; liaise with a range of stakeholders in order to secure suitable support, including requesting and arranging quotes from service providers; manage and coordinate participant support plans to enable independence in the home and community; consult with carers, family, external services and other key stakeholders to help provide the most well-rounded support available.
  • Aged care coordinator: Employ best practice, evidence-based tools in health promotion, person-centred care, and healthy ageing to manage lifestyle programs and activities for the elderly. Provide strong customer service, undertake regular consultation with residents and families, and tailor programs to suit identified client needs.
  • Project officer: Play a lead role in planning and delivering health and social care projects on time and within budget; engage with stakeholders on a regular basis and report on the progress of project deliverables and risks; manage project budgets and resources; and develop reports and evaluate community programs, events and activities.
  • Health support worker: Work with clients from diverse cultural and social backgrounds, who have varied life experiences, physical abilities and skills; assist specialist teams and services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; mental health; drug and alcohol services, refugee services, and homelessness; and use your knowledge of the local community to create opportunities for increased participation as a local citizen.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • Run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions).
  • Run Java and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash).
  • Run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone).

Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible).
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them.
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

1. Submit an online enquiry

If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

3. Complete your application and send through your documents

In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide the required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Last updated Sep 2019

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