University of Technology Sydney

C10441v1 Bachelor of Health Sciences Bachelor of Languages and Cultures

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc)
Bachelor of Languages and Cultures (BLangCultures)

CRICOS code: 103099E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

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


The Bachelor of Languages and Cultures offers students studies in languages other than English, culture and society focused on developing their intercultural and linguistic capabilities. It also offers a capstone subject that allows students to design and carry out a small-scale research project that requires them to apply their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge.

The combined Bachelor of Health Sciences Bachelor of Languages and Cultures provides students with intercultural and linguistic skills that raise their awareness of the international implications of the Bachelor of Health Science, and is a flexible and innovative degree that equips graduates with qualifications to help make a difference across diverse settings of healthcare provision. Students develop an understanding and awareness of a language other than English and another culture and refine their intercultural skills. Students also develop their professional skills in writing, research and evaluation.

The course is characterised by a strong emphasis on the social model of health, which can be combined with science content to focus on learning how to use and interpret data to drive innovation and improvement in health systems. Alternatively, students can develop their knowledge of global health and international health priorities in order 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 a UTS Master of Pharmacy or 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 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

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. In 2022, 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). From 2023, all students enrolled in most undergraduate courses will complete a transdisciplinary subject as part of their course of study. 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
LC.1.1 Employ effective intercultural strategies to operate within professional settings
LC.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures
LC.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods for international and intercultural studies
LC.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures
LC.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language
LC.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges, Language and sovereignty in Australian and international contexts
LC.5.1 Develop capacity to engage ethically with current issues in Australian and international settings
LC.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English

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.

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 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

CBK91972 Language Major Choice 96cp
CBK91909 Major choice 144cp
Total 240cp

Course program

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


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
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