Bachelor of Health Science

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

Prepares students to be able to make a positive contribution to enhancing the health of communities.

Health science is the study of the physical, psychological, social, and environmental dimensions of health. Students graduate with practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking, innovation, and cross-cultural and international awareness. They are highly sought after and can choose a range of interesting and dynamic career pathways.

Students can choose to undertake two eight-unit majors, or a major and minor, in these disciplines: Addiction Studies, Environmental Management, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Occupational Safety and Health. Alternatively, students can undertake one 16-unit major in Nutrition Bioscience or Environmental Health. A minor in Youth Work is also available.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete a Core unit set. This will be supported by a supplementary programme comprising of: two 8-unit Majors; or an 8-unit Major, plus a 6-unit Minor and 2 Elective units; or a 16-unit specialised Major. Note: Majors and Minors are selected from the Bachelor of Health Science. Alternate options require the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1111 Population Health 15
MAT1114 Introductory Statistics 15
HST1109 Epidemiology 15
HST2122 Health Research Methodology 15
HST3501 Health Research Project 15
IAS3100 Indigenous Health 15
HST3502 Health Sciences Professional Practices 15
MHS1102 Anatomy and Physiology 2 15
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 16 240

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

  • Addiction Studies
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition Bioscience
  • Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Occupational Safety and Health

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical Health Science situations.
  • Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline-specific solutions/responses.
  • Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex Health Science problems.
  • Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  • Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist within a range of workplaces including aged care facilities and hospitals, rural and regional settings, asthma/diabetes/cancer/injury prevention councils, heart foundations, family planning associations, alcohol and other drug agencies, mining, oil and gas industries, community development and local government organisations, disability services, justice and correctional agencies, research institutes, international aid organisations, and mental health support agencies.

Possible future job titles

Community Health Officer, Environmental Health Officer, Youth Worker, Child Health Officer, Health Promotion Officer, Health Worker, Nutritionist, Health Promotion Nutritionist, Occupational Safety and Health Management Officer, Occupational Hygiene Technician.

Last updated Oct 2020

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