University of Technology Sydney

C10360v2 Bachelor of Health Science

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc)
Bachelor of Health Science in Health Promotion (BHSc)
Bachelor of Health Science in Global Health (BHSc)
Bachelor of Health Science in Human Structure and Function (BHSc)
Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health (BHSc)
Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health (BHSc)

UAC code: 606050 (FT) (Autumn session), 606060 (PT) (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 088070C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Honours
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science is a flexible and innovative degree that equips graduates with qualifications to help improve the health of individuals and populations. It is a broad field of practice, based on the application of scientific principles in governmental and non-governmental health services and the wider industry.

This transdisciplinary course is characterised by a strong emphasis on the social model of health and combines health-specific content with a mix of professional and scientific subjects. Students develop knowledge within a framework that can be tailored to suit their interests and needs. In majors, students can gain an in-depth understanding of Indigenous health or health promotion. Alternatively, students can develop their knowledge of global and international health priorities to contribute to overseas health initiatives and aid organisations or undertake the human structure and function major. Students who complete this course with the required pathway and grade point average also meet current entry criteria for the UTS Master of Physiotherapy.

Course aims

The course produces graduates who are engaged, adaptive thinkers with a solid understanding of health and health systems. Graduates are equipped to contribute to health-related activities that reduce health disparities and inequities, and to promote social justice in local and global contexts. The course is accepted preparation for a master's degree in orthoptics, speech pathology (pathway) and physiotherapy (pathway) at the UTS: Graduate School of Health.

Career options

Career options include positions in health promotion, epidemiology, advocacy, health education, e-health, health data and information management systems, planning and policy, project management and evaluation, community development, research and consultancy across both public and private health sectors, physiotherapy (pathway).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Advocate for and engage with individuals and communities to reduce health inequities and promote social justice in a global context.
1.1 Analyse and contextualise complex data including statistical information in public health.
1.2 Respect and respond to the needs of diverse groups to improve health outcomes.
1.3 Promote and enhance the health of diverse groups through evidence-based advocacy strategies and techniques.
2.0 Demonstrate creative and adaptive thinking within a changeable social, political and technological environment.
2.1 Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of health projects and programs.
2.2 Develop creative and innovative responses to health issues.
2.3 Demonstrate adaptability to social, political and technological change in public health.
3.0 Use an assets-based approach to engender effective communication, collaboration and leadership.
3.1 Identify and use culturally sensitive and appropriate communication techniques aimed at improving health in diverse populations.
3.2 Facilitate meaningful collaboration between stakeholders to develop effective public health strategies.
3.3 Translate and communicate knowledge and research effectively to various audiences.
3.4 Demonstrates a capacity for autonomy, accountability and critical self-assessment.
4.0 Are ethical and responsible professionals who value the diversity of people and communities.
4.1 Reflects on the ethical implications for public health research and practice.
4.2 Recognises the need of supportive and responsive evidence-based practice in diverse communities.
4.3 Uses theoretical frameworks to strengthen community action and create supportive environments.
5.0 Translate research and evaluation into social and professional practice though critical thinking and knowledge integration.
5.1 Demonstrates critical thinking in the development and practice of public health.
5.2 Translate public health policy into evidence-based strategies.
5.3 Assess and evaluate the relevance and quality of research in the context of specific health issues and populations.
6.0 Demonstrate professional competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.
6.1 Demonstrates an understanding of factors shaping own cultural standpoints including values, perspectives, attitudes, assumptions, beliefs, behaviours regarding Indigenous Australians and their health.
6.2 Critically reflect upon the ongoing impact of colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing.
6.3 Recognise the resilience, knowledge and diversity in Indigenous communities and integrate this knowledge into practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a three-year, full-time or six-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 144 credit points. Students choose a major in Health Promotion, Global Health, Human Structure and Function, Indigenous Health or Pharmacology, or can choose the no specified major option.

Industrial training/professional practice

A professional placement is undertaken in Year 3.

Course completion requirements

CBK91909 Major choice 144cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10360

Course program

Typical full-time and part-time course programs are shown below.

No major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
No major, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Year 6
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Global Health major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
95748 Global Human Rights and Health Equity   6cp
95743 Diversity and Culture   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
95749 Global Population Health   6cp
95745 First Nations Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91908 Electives 6cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95750 Strengthening Global Health Systems   6cp
95751 Global Sexual Health   6cp
95752 The Environment, Health and Sustainability   6cp
Global Health major, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95741 Health Promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91908 Electives 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
95745 First Nations Health and Wellbeing   6cp
95746 Research and Evaluation in Indigenous Health   6cp
Spring session
95747 Public Health Practice for Indigenous Health   6cp
013992 Aboriginal Sydney Now   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91908 Electives 6cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91908 Electives 6cp  
Human Structure and Function major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
92511 Structural Anatomy   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
92521 Functional Anatomy   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
92512 Biomechanics of Human Motion   6cp
91429 Physiological Bases of Human Movement   6cp
92533 Exercise Physiology   6cp
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91907 Electives 12cp  
Human Structure and Function major, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91907 Electives 12cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
92511 Structural Anatomy   6cp
91429 Physiological Bases of Human Movement   6cp
Spring session
95752 The Environment, Health and Sustainability   6cp
92521 Functional Anatomy   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
92533 Exercise Physiology   6cp
92512 Biomechanics of Human Motion   6cp
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
Health Promotion major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
95740 Ethics and Theories of Health Promotion   6cp
95741 Health Promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
95742 Communication and Technology   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95743 Diversity and Culture   6cp
95744 Intervention Design in Health Promotion   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Health Promotion major, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95740 Ethics and Theories of Health Promotion   6cp
95741 Health Promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
95742 Communication and Technology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Spring session
95743 Diversity and Culture   6cp
95744 Intervention Design in Health Promotion   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Indigenous Health major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
95741 Health Promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
95745 First Nations Health and Wellbeing   6cp
95746 Research and Evaluation in Indigenous Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95747 Public Health Practice for Indigenous Health   6cp
013992 Aboriginal Sydney Now   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91906 Electives 18cp  
Indigenous Health major, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95741 Health Promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92002 Electives 18cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
95745 First Nations Health and Wellbeing   6cp
95746 Research and Evaluation in Indigenous Health   6cp
Spring session
95747 Public Health Practice for Indigenous Health   6cp
013992 Aboriginal Sydney Now   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92002 Electives 18cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92002 Electives 18cp  
Public Health major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
95740 Ethics and Theories of Health Promotion   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91907 Electives 12cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
95749 Global Population Health   6cp
95746 Research and Evaluation in Indigenous Health   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91907 Electives 12cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95752 The Environment, Health and Sustainability   6cp
26101 Health Economics and Evaluation   6cp
95750 Strengthening Global Health Systems   6cp
Public Health major, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Spring session
95740 Ethics and Theories of Health Promotion   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92003 Electives 12cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
95749 Global Population Health   6cp
95746 Research and Evaluation in Indigenous Health   6cp
Spring session
95752 The Environment, Health and Sustainability   6cp
26101 Health Economics and Evaluation   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92003 Electives 12cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95750 Strengthening Global Health Systems   6cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) is available to eligible students with an additional one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Other information

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