Discover health science and pursue a meaningful career
The Bachelor of Health Science program offers an expansive introduction to health sciences in the fields of public health, anatomy and physiology, psychology, health ethics and law, evidence-based medicine and data use and, Indigenous health.
You’ll gain career-ready skills by completing projects focused on real-world scenarios, and engaging in the embedded work integrated learning. The flexibility and student-driven focus of this degree allows you to tailor your degree to a variety of career paths that follow your passion for health and wellbeing and enhance employability prospects upon graduation.
When you graduate you’ll have a strong academic base in health science disciplines, with the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner. You will have a broad and coherent knowledge and skill for working as a professional in the health industry and will be well equipped to undertake further postgraduate study in research or other professional allied health degrees. Following completion of this course you might like to pursue further study through Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), Master of Public Health, Master of Occupational Therapy or Master of Speech Pathology.
Study a Bachelor of Health Science at UC and you will:
- Work individually, collaboratively and ethically while building interprofessional and professional networks in the health sector.
- Translate and communicate discipline specific knowledge to a variety of health-related audiences such as professionals, government and non-government representatives and clients.
- Translate theoretical knowledge and skills to real-world opportunities through work integrated learning.
- Develop technical, technological and communication skills to provide health solutions for increasing complex problems.
- Develop and apply critical analysis skills to a range of contemporary health related issues.
- Evaluate and critique health-related information from a range of sources and disciplines.
- Design, apply and evaluate appropriate interventions and solutions to improve health outcomes.
Work Integrated Learning
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is at the very centre of all UC degrees. You’ll complete units designed to help you develop the professional skills essential for employment in the health industry. You will work and study in real-world situations, learning from industry-active professionals and world-class scholars and graduate highly employable with the skills and knowledge for success.
As part of your degree you will undertake a 120-hour WIL experience during the final year of your course.
- Health promotion
- International policy areas/organisations
- National and Local Government policy
- Indigenous health and wellbeing
- Aid work
- Health and community education environments
- Research in public health, policy
Course Specific Information
Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification
We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.
English Language Requirements
Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0
Information for Fee Paying Students
The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
Typical Study Pattern
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- Industry and Community Engagement (Health)
- Three Open Elective Units
- Semester 1
- Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
- Bachelor of Health Science (72 credit points)
Required - 48 credit points as follows
CM0017 Core Major in Health Science (24 credit points)
Required - Must pass 24 credit points as follows
- 6529 - Systemic Anatomy and Physiology - 3 cp, Level 1
- 9808 - Regional Anatomy and Physiology - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10120 - Industry and Community Engagement (Health) - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11398 - Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences - 3 cp, Level 1
- 11399 - Understanding People and Behaviour - 3 cp, Level 1
- 11400 - Professional Orientation (Health) - 3 cp, Level 1
- 11401 - Professional Practice (Health) 1 - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11402 - Professional Evidence (Health) - 3 cp, Level 3
- Required - Must pass 24 credit points as follows
SM0067 Specialist Major in Applied Health (24 credit points)
Required - Must pass 21 credit points as follows
- 7434 - Indigenous Health: Contemporary Issues - 3 cp, Level 2
- 7951 - Ethics and Law for Health Professionals - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8580 - Epidemiology and Principles of Research - 3 cp, Level 3
- 8736 - Health Psychology and Behaviour - 3 cp, Level 2
- 8999 - Evidence Based Medicine 1 - 3 cp, Level 2
- 9829 - Introduction to Health - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10455 - Health Promotion Principles and Practice - 3 cp, Level 1
Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
- 6532 - Human Physiology and the Lifecycle - 3 cp, Level 3
- 7224 - Sport and Performance Psychology - 3 cp, Level 2
- 8578 - Healthy and Sustainable Places - 3 cp, Level 3
- 9855 - Cross-Cultural Professional Practice - 3 cp, Level 3
- 10008 - Global Health - 3 cp, Level 2
- 10010 - Ecological Public Health Practice - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11200 - Entrepreneurship in Government and Large Organisations - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11201 - Creative and Critical Thinking for Problem Solving - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11271 - Law, Innovation and Technologies - 3 cp, Level 3
- Required - Must pass 21 credit points as follows
- CM0017 Core Major in Health Science (24 credit points)
Open Electives - 24 credit points as follows
- Must pass 24 credit points from anywhere in the University, as a breadth major, a breadth minor and/or as individual units.
For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.
In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course.
Standard 3 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.
Unit Delivery Modes
Each unit within your course may be offered through the following delivery modes:
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|Flexible:||The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.|
|Intensive:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.|
|Placement:||The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.|
|On Campus:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.|
|Online:||The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.|
Check how each of your units are delivered in the Course Requirements section.
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
ACT: Biology, Mathematical Methods.
NSW: Biology, Mathematics.
Additional Placement Requirements
Students may require:
- Working with vulnerable people
|Bachelor of Health Science||B HthScience|
Alternate Exit Awards
- Diploma of Health Studies
- Associate Degree of Health Studies
Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)
In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 b) completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2 b) completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines.