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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314411

2014
ATAR
65.15

This program offers a broad education in areas relevant to the study of human health. Students will learn to apply scientific methods to the investigation of all aspects of human health and wellbeing, including:

  • The basic biological building blocks of human structure and function (anatomy, physiology, molecular and cell biology, genetics).
  • The causes, mechanisms and consequences of disease and infection (pathology, psychology, microbiology, reproductive health).
  • The effect of chemicals and drugs on the mind and body (pharmacology, psychology); the function of the brain (neuroscience and psychology).
  • Individual, environmental, social and cultural influences on human behaviour (psychology, sociology and public health).

Depending on your interests this knowledge may be applied:

  • as a basis for further education as clinicians (e.g. doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and psychologists)
  • to support and advise healthcare practitioners, providers and consumers
  • to manage the health of whole populations (public health and population health)
  • to study the systems that underpin the health of communities and the social structures which influence health and wellbeing (health sociology, public health, health policy).

Students will become experts in identifying, appraising, evaluating and applying the best techniques for improving health and wellbeing, and use this expertise to advise healthcare practitioners and providers, patients, consumers, policymakers and the general community about human health, and to help people make sound choices about health.

  • Program Structure
    The program provides a broad grounding in the sciences underpinning human health and the health of populations. Each year students must undertake half of their courses in health sciences and may choose half of their courses from electives available to them from other schools and faculties in the University. Each student must complete at least one major in health sciences and have the option to complete a second health sciences’ major.
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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314411
    2014 CSP ATAR 65.15
    2014 CSP IB 24
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,350
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
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    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2015. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2015 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2013 or 2014), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2013). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314411

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 80
    IB 30
    IELTS Overall 6.5 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $31,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 001515J
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    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 80
    IB 30
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6.5
    6
    6
    6
    6
    A-Level 11
    UEC [Malaysia] 10
    SAT [US] 1905
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 80
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 396
    Bradford Foundation Program 80
    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    International ATAR 80
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $31,500
    Mid-year entry? Yes
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    Selection Criteria
  • Areas of Specialisation

    All students will complete at least one major chosen from the following areas:

    • Anatomical Sciences
    • Biochemistry
    • Epidemiology
    • Exercise Science
    • Genetics
    • Health Promotion
    • Human Reproductive Health
    • Indigenous Health
    • Microbiology
    • Neuroscience
    • Nutrition
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    This program has six compulsory courses, four at Level l and two at Level ll, which focus on human health and healthy communities. These can be combined with elective courses at all three levels of the program to create study pathways within Medical Sciences, Psychology, Population Health and Sciences. The degree can be tailored to maximise your personal interests and career aspirations by combining courses from the Faculty of Health Sciences with additional elective courses from the Faculties of Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professions, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.



    Core Courses

    Level I
    ANAT SC 1102 Human Biology IA
    ANAT SC 1103 Human Biology IB
    PUB HLTH 1001 Public Health IA
    PUB HLTH 1002 Public Health IB

    Level II
    PATHOL 2200 Biology of Disease II
    PHARM 2100 Pharmacology IIA: Drugs & Health


    Majors

    Majors are available in:
    Anatomical Sciences
    Biochemistry
    Epidemiology
    Exercise Science
    Genetics
    Health Promotion
    Human Reproductive Health
    Indigenous Health
    Microbiology
    Neuroscience
    Nutrition
    Pathology
    Pharmacology
    Physiology

    Students must complete at least one major from a Health Sciences discipline or interdisciplinary area, or a Molecular and Biomedical Sciences discipline, consisting of the core courses and in addition the following courses:

    Anatomical Sciences Major
    Level II
    ANAT SC 2109 Cells, Tissues & Development II
    and/or
    ANAT SC 2200 Functional Human Anatomy II
    or
    Courses to the value of 3 units from Level II Health Sciences electives in PHYSIOL, PHARM, HLTH SC electives (see Electives below)  

    Level III
    Courses to the value of at least 12 units from the following:
    ANAT SC 3101 Anthropological & Forensic Anatomy III
    ANAT SC 3102 Comparative Reproductive Biology of Mammals III
    ANAT SC 3103 Integrative & Comparative Neuroanatomy III
    ANAT SC 3104 Investigative Cell Biology III
    ANAT SC 3500 Ethics, Science & Society

    Biochemistry Major
    Level I
    BIOLOGY 1101 Molecules, Genes & Cells
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
    or
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB

    Level II
    BIOCHEM 2500 Biochemistry II: Molecular & Cell Biology
    BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism

    Level III
    BIOCHEM 3000 Molecular and Structural Biology III
    BIOCHEM 3001 Cancer, Stem Cells and Development III
    PUB HLTH 3500EX Rural Public Health III

    Epidemiology Major
    Level II
    PUB HLTH 2005 Essentials of Epidemiology II
    PUB HLTH 2100 Investigating Health and Disease in Populations II

    Level III
    PUB HLTH 3501 Epidemiology in Action III
    PUB HLTH 3506 Public Health Theory & Practice III
    or
    PUB HLTH 3119 Public Health Internship III

    Courses to the value of at least 3 units from the following:
    PUB HLTH 3122 International Health III
    PUB HLTH 3123 Evaluation in Public Health III
    PUB HLTH 3124 Health Promotion III
    PUB HLTH 3125 Indigenous Health III
    PUB HLTH 3500EX Rural Public Health III

    Exercise Science Major
    Level II
    ANAT SC 2200 Functional Human Anatomy II
    HLTH SC 2101 Fundamentals of Biomechanics & Human Movement II
    PHYSIOL 2510 Human Physiology IIA:Heart, Lung & Neuromuscular Physiology
    HLTH SC 2102 Principles of Exercise Science

    Level III
    HLTH SC 3100 Exercise, Nutrition & Metabolism
    HLTH SC 3201 Exercise, Movement & Cognition
    PHYSIOL 3200 Advanced Exercise Science
    PHYSIOL 3120 Neuromotor Control of Human Movement

    Genetics Major
    Level I
    BIOLOGY 1101 Molecules, Genes & Cells

    Level II
    GENETICS 2510 Genetics IIA: Foundationof Genetics
    GENETICS 2520 Genetics IIB: Function & Diversity of Genomes

    Level III
    GENETICS 3111 Genes, Genomes and Molecular Evolution III
    GENETICS 3211 Gene Expression and Human Developmental Genetics III

    Health Promotion Major
    Level II
    PUB HLTH 2005 Essentials of Epidemiology II
    PUB HLTH 2200 Social Foundations of Health II

    Level III
    PUB HLTH 3124 Health Promotion III
    PUB HLTH 3506 Public Health Theory & Practice III
    or
    PUB HLTH 3119 Public Health Internship III

    Courses to the value of at least 3 units fromthe following:
    PUB HLTH 3122 International Health III
    PUB HLTH 3123 Evaluation in Public Health III
    PUB HLTH 3125 Indigenous Health III
    PUB HLTH 3500EX Rural Public Health III
    PUB HLTH 3501 Epidemiology in Action III

    Human Reproductive Health Major
    The human reproductive health major includes the core course PATHOL 2200 Biology of Disease and the following courses:
    Level II
    PHYSIOL 2520 Human Physiology IIB: Systems & Homeostasis
    or
    ANAT SC 2109 Cells, Tissues & Development

    Level III
    ANAT SC 3102 Comparative Reproductive Biology of Mammals III
    OB&GYNAE 3000 Human Reproductive Health III
    OB&GYNAE 3100 Research Project in Reproductive Health III

    Indigenous Health Major
    Level II
    PUB HLTH 2005 Essentials of Epidemiology II
    PUB HLTH 2200 Social Foundations of Health II
    Level III PUB HLTH 3125 Indigenous Health III
    PUB HLTH 3506 Public Health Theory & Practice III
    or
    PUB HLTH 3119 Public Health Internship III

    Courses to the value of at least 3 units from the following:
    PUB HLTH 3122 International Health III
    PUB HLTH 3123 Evaluation in Public Health III
    PUB HLTH 3124 Health Promotion III
    PUB HLTH 3500EX Rural Public Health III
    PUB HLTH 3501 Epidemiology in Action III

    Microbiology Major
    Level I
    BIOLOGY 1101 Molecules, Genes & Cells

    Level II
    MICRO 2500 Microbiology II
    MICRO 2501 Immunology & Virology II

    Level III
    MICRO 3000 Infection and Immunity IIIA
    MICRO 3001 Infection and Immunity IIIB

    Neuroscience Major
    Level II
    ANAT SC 2109 Cells, Tissues & Development II
    PHYSIOL 2510 Human Physiology IIA:Heart, Lung & Neuromuscular Physiology

    Level III
    PHYSIOL 3001 Cellular & Systems Neurobiology

    Courses to the value of at least 6 units from the following:
    PSYCHIAT 3200 Fundamentals of Biological Psychiatry III
    PATHOL 3200 Neurological Diseases III
    ANAT SC 3103 Integrative & Comparative Neuroanatomy III

    Nutrition Major
    Level II
    HLTH SC 2100 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition II
    PHYSIOL 2520 Human Physiology IIB:Systems and Homeostasis

    Level III
    HLTH SC 3100 Exercise, Nutrition & Metabolism III
    HLTH SC 3200 Life Span Nutrition III
    FOOD SC 3502WT Nutrition III
    ANAT SC 3104 Investigative Cell Biology III

    Pathology Major
    The pathology major includes the core course PATHOL 2200 Biology of Disease and the following courses:
    Level II
    Courses to the value of 3 units chosen from Level II electives in ANAT SC, PHYSIOL, PHARM, HLTH SC electives (see Electives below)

    Level III
    PATHOL 3003 Essentials of Pathology
    PATHOL 3100 Topics in Forensic Sciencess
    PATHOL 3200 Neurological Diseases

    Pharmacology Major
    The pharmacology major includes the core course PHARM 2100 Pharmacology IIA:Drugs & Health and the following courses:
    Level II
    PHARM 2200 Pharmacology IIB: Drugs &Society
    or
    Courses to the value of 3 units from Level II Health Sciences electives in ANAT SC,PHYSIOL, HLTH SC electives (see Electives below)

    Level III
    PHARM 3010 Pharmacology: Drug Actionand Discovery
    PHARM 3011 Pharmacology: Drug Development & Therapeutics

    Physiology Major
    Level II
    PHYSIOL 2510 Human Physiology IIA:Heart, Lung & Neuromuscular Physiology
    PHYSIOL 2520 Human Physiology IIB:Systems & Homeostasis

    Level III
    Courses to the value of at least 12 units from the following:
    PHYSIOL 3000 Integrative & Applied Systems Physiology
    PHYSIOL 3001 Cellular & Systems Neurobiology
    PHYSIOL 3200 Advanced Exercise Science
    PHYSIOL 3120 Neuromotor Control of Human Movement


    Electives

    Health Sciences Electives

    Level I
    PSYCHOL 1000 Psychology IA
    PSYCHOL 1001 Psychology IB
    PSYCHOL 1004 Research Methods in Psychology
    PUB HLTH 1003 Communication for Health Sciences

    Level II
    ANAT SC 2109 Cells, Tissues & Development II
    ANAT SC 2200 Functional Human Anatomy II
    HLTH SC 2100 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
    HLTH SC 2101 Fundamentals of Biomechanics & Human Movement II
    PHARM 2200 Pharmacology IIB: Drugs &Society
    PHYSIOL 2510 Human Physiology IIA:Heart, Lung & Neuromuscular Physiology
    PHYSIOL 2520 Human Physiology IIB:Systems & Homeostasis
    HLTH SC 2102 Principles of ExerciseSciencePSYCHOL 2004 Doing Research inPsychology
    PSYCHOL 2005 Foundations of Health & Lifespan Development
    PSYCHOL 2006 Foundations of Perception & Cognition
    PSYCHOL 2007 Psychology in Society
    PUB HLTH 2100 Investigating Health and Disease in Populations II
    PUB HLTH 2200 Social Foundations of Health II
    PUB HLTH 2500 Essentials of Epidemiology II

    Level III
    ANAT SC 3101 Anthropological & Forensic Anatomy III
    ANAT SC 3102 Comparative Reproductive Biology of Mammals III
    ANAT SC 3103 Integrative & Comparative Neuroanatomy III
    ANAT SC 3104 Investigative Cell Biology III
    ANAT SC 3500 Ethics, Science & Society
    HLTH SC 3100 Exercise, Nutrition & Metabolism
    HLTH SC 3200 Life Span Nutrition
    HLTH SC 3201 Exercise, Movement & Cognition
    HLTH SC 3500 Evolution & Human Health
    OB&GYNAE 3000 Human Reproductive Health III
    OB&GYNAE 3100 Research Project in Reproductive Health III
    PATHOL 3003 Essentials of Pathology
    PATHOL 3100 Topics in Forensic Sciences
    PATHOL 3200 Neurological Diseases
    PHARM 3010 Pharmacology: Drug Actionand Discovery
    PHARM 3011 Pharmacology: Drug Development & Therapeutics
    PHYSIOL 3000 Integrative & Applied Systems Physiology
    PHYSIOL 3001 Cellular & Systems Neurobiology
    PHYSIOL 3200 Advanced Exercise Science
    PHYSIOL 3120 Neuromotor Control of Human Movement III
    PSYCHIAT 3200 Fundamentals of Biological Psychiatry III
    PUB HLTH 3122 International Health III
    PUB HLTH 3123 Evaluation in Public Health III
    PUB HLTH 3124 Health Promotion III
    PUB HLTH 3125 Indigenous Health III
    PUB HLTH 3500EX Rural Public Health III
    PUB HLTH 3501 Epidemiology in Action III

    Open Electives
    Students may take electives offered by the Faculty of Arts, School of Economics, Business School, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences or Faculty of Sciences that are available to them.

    Broadening Electives
    Students must complete 9 units of Broadening electives.
    Broadening electivescannot be chosen from the Subject Areaslisted below and they must be chosen from outside of the major area of study. ANAT SC, BIOMED, BIOTECH, DENT, DESST, ENG, GEN PRAC, HLTH SC, LAW, MEDIC ST, NURSING, OB&GYNAE, ORALHLTH, PATHOL, PERF, PHARM, PHYSIOL, PSYCHIAT, PSYCHOL, PUB HLTH, SCIENCE, VET SC.








  • Career Opportunities

    Employment prospects across the health sector are strong with above average growth and remuneration, and below average unemployment in many of the areas in which health sciences graduates find work. We support students to develop their work readiness by providing career focused activities in each year of the degree.

    Students may also elect to study a specialised course in communication for the health sciences at the end of their first year of study. Students choosing Population Health majors have the option of undertaking a work-integrated learning experience (internship) and we encourage and work with students to undertake overseas study experiences through the Global Learning program, and to undertake Vacation Scholarships offered through the Schools of Medical Sciences or School of Population Health to explore the possibilities of a research career.

    Potential careers

    Health Administrator, Hospital Worker, Health Educator, Health Officer, Market Researcher, Medical Physicist, Medical Research, Medical Scientist, Medical Technician, Molecular Biology, Business Representative, Neuropsychologist, Chemist, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Health and Safety Manager, Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, Community Health Nurse, Community Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Policy Adviser, Doctor / Medical Practitioner, Project Manager, ...

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