University of Technology Sydney

C10410v1 Bachelor of Health Science Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc)
Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment (BSustEnv)

UAC code: 609802 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 102817K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
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 program
Honours
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment is a flexible and innovative degree that equips graduates with qualifications to make a difference across diverse health settings with a distinct focus on sustainability in practice, ecological health impacts and planetary health.

The course is characterised by a strong emphasis on the social model of health, which extends to sustainability as a social, environmental and economic challenge. There is a focus on learning how to use and interpret scientific evidence and data to drive innovation and improvement. Students have opportunities to work with industry and community partners to respond to real-world issues and gain valuable experience, both in class and through a professional placement.

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 inequity and promote social justice in local and global contexts. The course is accepted preparation for a master's degree in pharmacy or orthoptics at the UTS: Graduate School of Health.

Career options

Careers are usually determined by the professional degree and span roles in industry, science, public and private sectors, academia and business including community development, research and consultancy. Roles include sustainability project officer, sustainability consultant, environmental scientist, sustainability director, social and environmental impact lead, corporate social responsibility manager, communication and stakeholder engagement lead, business analyst, environmental compliance specialist, environmental planner, sustainability evaluation lead, health scientist.

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
SE.1.1 Employ teamwork and independent insight to understand and operationalise sustainability objectives
SE.1.2 Evaluate and assess the impact of sustainability initiatives
SE.2.1 Conduct multi-disciplinary research into sustainability issues
SE.2.2 Devise creative and evidence-based solutions to sustainability challenges
SE.3.1 Employ knowledge from and about local and international contexts to account for the differential impacts of sustainability needs and solutions
SE.4.1 Value indigenous knowledges as relevant precedents to understand the human-nature coexistence in Australian and international settings
SE.5.1 Act ethically and responsibly to promote sustainability within civic and international contexts
SE.6.1 Communicate complex concepts clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences

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 four-year, full-time or eight-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 192 credit points. Students choose a major in Digital Health and Analytics, Global 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

STM91520 Sustainability and Environment 42cp
STM91460 Health Science core 96cp
CBK91943 Stream Choice (Health Sciences) 54cp
Total 192cp

Course program

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

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
36200 Arguments, Evidence and Intuition   6cp
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
99221 Sustainability in Context   6cp
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
Spring session
95728 Introduction to Health Statistics   6cp
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
91123 Nature and Evolution   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
99223 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning   12cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91946 Governance Stream Choice (Health Sciences) 18cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
STM91523 Science Stream 18cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
99220 Complexity and Sustainable Futures   12cp
Spring session
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91946 Governance Stream Choice (Health Sciences) 18cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
STM91523 Science Stream 18cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91946 Governance Stream Choice (Health Sciences) 18cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
STM91523 Science Stream 18cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
99222 Sustainability Studio   12cp

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

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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