Bachelor of Health Science

VU course code: HBHL | CRICOS: 092156G | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
In person
St Albans
29 April 2024
21 April 2024


Embark on a rewarding career in public health, with a Bachelor of Health Science at Victoria University.

Prepare yourself for a range of health and science careers with a degree that focuses on improving the health of groups of people.

Get fantastic real-world experience through VU’s collaborations with health institutes, other universities and community organisations. You’ll graduate from this health-science degree with the skills and knowledge to work on government health programs, private-practice initiatives and with NGOs.

Whether you dream of improving the lives of people in developing countries or shaping public policy to support Australia’s ageing population, opportunities are growing in all areas of this important field.

You’ll study core bioscience, research and public-health topics, and your major will be in Public Health. From your second year of study, you’ll choose your particular areas of interest to focus on.

You’ll graduate with expertise in:

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

At VU, take advantage of flexible study options and a hands-on approach that will have you job-ready for your chosen career.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

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

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies;
  • 96 credit points of Public Health Major studies;


One of the following:

Option A:

  • 96 credit points of Indigenous Health Major studies;

Option B:

  • 96 credit points of Minor studies (Two Minor sets in total).

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).

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how




When you graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science, you can find job opportunities in:

  • government departments focused on public health and health promotion
  • not-for-profits including health foundations and education programs
  • international organisations such as the UN, WHO, UNICEF, ACSM
  • health and community organisations
  • pharmaceutical industries
  • professional associations
  • public health research programs in academic and research institutions.

Demand continues to grow for these professions. Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to find job-market information for: