University of Technology Sydney

C10396v2 Bachelor of Health Science Bachelor of International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc)
Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)

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


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
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


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. Combined dwith the Bachelor of International Studies, the course offers the flexibility and innovation of health sciences 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).

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 Advocate for and work towards socially just outcomes in a variety of contexts
1.2 Develop evidence-informed solutions reflecting in-depth knowledge of the social determinants of health
1.3 Recognise and respond to the diverse health needs of communities both locally and abroad
2.0 Demonstrate creative and adaptive thinking within a changeable social, political and technological environment
2.1 Demonstrate adaptable and novel thinking within changing environments to maximise outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders
2.2 Utilise enquiry-based learning to develop innovative approaches to complex issues
2.3 Manage and adapt to the environment to maximise integration of care and outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders
2.4 Identify opportunities for change and support others through change processes
2.5 Apply newly generated or existing data to inform optimal care and/or service development
3.0 Use an assets-based approach to engender effective communication, collaboration and leadership
3.1 Communicate and collaborate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations
3.2 Consider and develop the health literacy of varied population groups and articulate the impact this has on effective communication and healthcare delivery
3.3 Facilitate the growth and development of self and others through responsive leadership
3.4 Contribute to environments that support and promote inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration
3.5 Display sensitive judgement in deciding when to lead, and when to support leadership from those with more appropriate cultural or community credentials
4.0 Are ethical and responsible professionals who value the diversity of people and communities
4.1 Promote health equity by recognising and seeking to address disadvantage
4.2 Make use of research and data to enable responsible, ethical and equitable service provision
4.3 Appreciate and articulate respect for diverse populations with varied health literacies and needs
5.0 Translate research and evaluation into social and professional practice through critical thinking and knowledge integration
5.1 Identify appropriate information resources and apply effective and creative solutions for the improvement of individuals and communities
5.2 Take a lively and questioning approach to developing optimal healthcare delivery
5.3 Critically evaluate research and practice for socially driven change
6.0 Demonstrate professional competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.1 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.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
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; 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.

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 three-year, full-time or six-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 240 credit points of study comprising 144 credit points in Health Science 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 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
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
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
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92008 Electives 48cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
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  


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

Further information is available from:

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