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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 314411


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 which is a sequence of courses in a single discipline area or interdisciplinary area.

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 314411
    2013 CSP ATAR 65.15
    2013 CSP IB 24
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,075
    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 February 1st of the year that you will be studying. If you have studied a higher education program within the last two years, you must not have studied more than 2 years full-time equivalent in that program and you must not hold a completed higher education level award. 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. Personal Competencies (PC) and Employment Experience (EE) statements are not considered. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wilto Yerlo 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

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    IB 30
    IELTS Overall 6.5 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,000
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 001515J
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    IB 30
    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?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,000
    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
    • Indigenous Health
    • Microbiology
    • Neuroscience
    • Nutrition
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Psychology
    • Reproductive Health
  • 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.

    Level I

    Core Courses - 4 courses

    • Human Biology 1A (3 units)
    • Human Biology 1B (3 units)
    • Public Health 1A (3 units)
    • Public Health 1B (3 units)


    • Approved Level I courses (12 units)

    Level II

    Core Courses - 2 courses

    • Biology of Disease II (3 units)
    • Drugs, Chemicals and Health (3 units)


    • Health Sciences courses (6 units)
    • Approved Level II courses (12 units)

    Level III

    • Major in Health Sciences (12 units)
    • Any approved Level III courses (12 units)
  • 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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Last updated: Monday, 30 Jun 2014


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