Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2018: February
Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 
2018: A$14,000 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

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.

You can progress further in the health field with our top-rated graduate program. Study more-advanced topics and gain high-level research skills with a masters or doctoral degree.

Graduates from our Bachelor of Health Science can progress to higher qualifications in health sciences or public health.

We offer varied and exciting research opportunities. Benefit from our excellent research centres and state-of-the-art facilities. Our collaborations with health institutes, other universities and community organisations give you fantastic real-world experience.

For you’re interested in public-health career, our Master of Public Health (Global Nutrition and Active Living) will help you achieve your goals.

Aim to find work in:

  • government
  • international organisations such as the UN, WHO, UNICEF, ACSM
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • academic and research institutions.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Careers in health science

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 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

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.  

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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.
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma of Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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