Course essentials

VU course code:
HBHL
Study mode:
Part Time, Full Time
VTAC course code:
4301310071
Location:
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Workplace
Duration:
3 years full time or longer for part time

Choose a rewarding career in public health, health services or community development with a health science degree from VU.

Our degree provides the foundations for a range of health and science careers. You’ll study core bioscience, research and public-health topics. From your second year, you’ll choose a health-science or biomedical specialisation in line with your career aspirations.

You’ll graduate with expertise in:

  • disease and injury prevention
  • health research
  • health promotion
  • basic epidemiology.

We offer flexible study options and a hands-on approach that will have you job-ready for your chosen career. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to work on government health programs and private-practice initiatives, and with NGOs.

Progress to higher-level study

Graduates from our Bachelor of Health Science can progress to higher qualifications in health sciences or public health, or exciting research opportunities. Our collaborations with health institutes, other universities and community organisations give you fantastic real-world experience.

If you’re interested in a public health career, you can progress into our Master of Public Health (Global Nutrition and Active Living)

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 19 February 2018.

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Study a health science degree at VU

Careers

When you graduate, you may find employment in areas such as:

  • public health
  • health promotion
  • health and community organisations
  • pharmaceutical industries
  • professional associations
  • health foundations
  • health administration
  • public health research programs
  • policy and development
  • program development with non-government organisations
  • education.

Salaries

The following are averaged salaries in health services from the government site Job Outlook:

  • health services managers, A$78,800 (JobOutlook)
  • health promotion professionals, A$70,600 (JobOutlook).

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review selected social, biological, economic, political and environmental determinants of health, well-being and disease and explain how they manifest in both local and global contexts;  
  2. Evaluate and justify the use of best-evidence based methods and technologies to investigate and propose solutions to contemporary, emerging and future-oriented issues in public health;  
  3. Apply a broad and coherent knowledge base and skills in the health sciences to analyse predictable, unpredictable and sometimes complex problems which reflect the multi-faceted nature of health, well-being and disease;  
  4. Conceptually map key ethical, legal and professional components within the domain of health.  

Course structure

To successfully attain the Bachelor of Health Science, students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of First Year Core studies;
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Public Health Major studies;

Plus One of the following:

Option A:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Indigenous Health Major studies;

Option B:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Minor studies (Two Minor sets in total from the list below). 

 

Students that complete the first year of College Core studies can elect to graduate with the following (Option A) double Major:

  • Majors in Public Health and Indigenous Health.

 

Students that complete the first year of College Core studies and a single Major in Public Health, can elect to graduate with (Option B) two minors to complement their Major, as follows:

  • Indigenous Health (HMIIND);

  • Health (Sport Science Minor) (SMIHEA);

  • Health and Nutrition (HMIHNU), and;

  • Bioscience (HMIBIO).

First Year Core Units

Majors

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). OR Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

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