University of Technology Sydney

C10410v2 Bachelor of Public Health Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment

Award(s): Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)
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

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


The Bachelor of Public Health 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.

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
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 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 (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

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 Global Studies, Bachelor of Sustainability and Environment and Bachelor of Criminology Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

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 Planetary Decarbonisation   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 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91949 Industry Stream (Health Sciences) 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
CBK91949 Industry Stream (Health Sciences) 18cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
99222 Sustainability Studio   12cp


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