University of Technology Sydney

C10396v3 Bachelor of Public Health Bachelor of International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)
Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)
Bachelor of Public Health in Health Promotion (BPH)
Bachelor of Public Health in Global Health (BPH)
Bachelor of Public Health in Human Structure and Function (BPH)
Bachelor of Public Health in Indigenous Health (BPH)
Bachelor of Public Health in Population Health (BPH)

UAC code: 609155 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 102952C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


The course name will be changing to Bachelor of Public Health Bachelor of International Studies for 2024 admission. The UTS website will reflect this name change in August. Applications via UAC are already updated with the new course name.

This course information relates to students commencing a combined degree with the Bachelor of International Studies in 2022. Students who commenced a combined degree with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prior to 2022 should refer to the Handbook for the year they commenced their degree.

Course aims
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Public Health 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. Combined dwith the Bachelor of International Studies, the course offers the flexibility and innovation of public health with immersion in another language and culture, enhancing professional education and career options.

This combined degree 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. 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. 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 in a global and cultural context. Graduates are equipped to contribute to health-related activities that reduce inequity and 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, 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) and pharmacy (pathway).

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

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 through 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
INT.1.0 Professional Readiness
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.0 Critical and Creative Inquiry
INT.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.0 International and Intercultural Inquiry
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.0 Indigenous Competencies
INT.4.1 Acquire knowledge and skills of Indigenous Australian communication, engagement, and critical inquiry to work effectively with and for Indigenous Australians across a professional context.
INT.5.0 Active Citizenship
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.0 Effective Communication
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.


INT = International Studies

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Bachelor of International Studies Diploma in Languages Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a four-year, full-time or eight-year, part-time basis (5-years full-time for honours).

Course structure

The course comprises 240 credit points of study comprising 144 credit points in Public Health and 96 credit points in international studies. Students choose a major in Health promotion, Global Health, Human Structure and Function, Indigenous Health or Public Health or can choose the no specified major option.

In the International Studies component, students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Cutlure and the Professional World pathway or the Language, Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into the International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.

Overseas study

In the International Studies component of the combined degree, students select one of six language majors (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish) and one of the following three pathways:

In the International studies component students have the following options:

1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.

2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.

3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

Industrial training/professional practice

A professional placement is undertaken in the final year.

Course completion requirements

CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
CBK91909 Major choice 144cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The typical course program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session with the German Language and Culture major, and completing the Language, Culture & the Professional World pathway or the International Honours pathway. It is recommended that students who elect to complete the Language, Culture & Global Exchange pathway complete 999781 International Research Methods in Year 3 Autumn, so that they can undertake their Exchange session during Year 4 Autumn.

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
December session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
CBK92069 Transdisciplinary Electives   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  


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

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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