University of Technology Sydney

C10470v1 Bachelor of Health Science Bachelor of Economics

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc)
Bachelor of Economics (BEcon)

UAC code: 609612 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 110890A
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
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Health Science Bachelor of Economics is a combined program jointly offered by the Faculty of Health and the UTS Business School. The program provides students with a foundational understanding of health science and public health with important aspects of financial systems. It is designed to prepare graduates with a qualification to help improve the health of individuals and populations and to respond effectively to economic challenges. Graduates are equipped for a broad field of practice, based on the application of business and public health principles in governmental and non-governmental health services and the wider industry.

The Bachelor of Health Science component 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. Students develop knowledge within a framework that can be tailored to suit their interests and needs.

In the Bachelor of Business component, students will gain the analytical and quantitative skills required for an in-depth understanding of key economic principles.

Course aims

The course produces graduates who are engaged, adaptive thinkers with a solid understanding of health, health systems, and the intersection of health and economics. Graduates are equipped to contribute to reducing health disparities and inequities, and to promote social justice in local and global contexts.

Career options

Career options include positions in health promotion, epidemiology, advocacy, health education, e-health, health data and information management systems, planning and policy, project management and evaluation, community development, research and business consultancy across both public and private health sectors.

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 though 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.
BE 1.0 Be critical thinkers and proficient data analysts able to provide solutions to a specific business and/or industry context
BE 1.1 Critically analyse economic problems in Australian and global society using and justifying appropriate economic concepts and frameworks
BE 2.0 Be story tellers and effective communicators of complex information to a wide audience
BE 2.1 Communicate information clearly in a form appropriate for its audience
BE 2.2 Demonstrate ability to work independently and with others as a member of a team to achieve an agreed goal
BE 3.0 Be advocates of ethical and sustainable practices relating to collection, storage, use and dissemination of information
BE 3.1 Analyse and discuss the intended and unintended effects of economic decisions on social welfare, equity, the environment and Indigenous peoples
BE 4.0 Be experts in applying appropriate data analytics to identify problems and uncover opportunities to inform decision making
BE 4.1 Combine economic analysis, data and econometric techniques to address typical complex problems faced by economists in diverse work environments

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

Mathematics and any two units of English.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a four-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must gain a minimum of 96 credit points to complete the Bachelor of Health Science and 96 credit points in the Bachelor of Economics. The Bachelor of Health Science component consists of 84 credit points of core subjects and 12 credit points for electives. The Bachelor of Economics component consists of 66 credit points of core subjects and 30 credit points for electives (CBK91208).

Industrial training/professional practice

A professional placement in the Bachelor of Health Science component is undertaken in Year 4.

Students have an option to undertake a Business Internship as an elective within the Bachelor of Economics. Students should not enrol in the internship subject in the last session of study to ensure that completion of required hours of work does not impact graduation and/or international students' visa conditions.

Course completion requirements

STM91734 Health Science Core 84cp
CBK92161 Health Science choice 12cp
STM91017 Core subjects (Economics) 66cp
CBK91208 Electives (Economics) 30cp
Total 192cp

Course program

Typical full-time course programs are shown below.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
95726 Introduction to Public Health   6cp
23115 Economics for Business   6cp
23506 Strategic Decision Making and Game Theory   6cp
26134 Business Statistics   6cp
Spring session
95729 Introduction to Epidemiology   6cp
23566 Economics for Business 2   6cp
23508 Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business   6cp
23571 Introductory Econometrics   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
95725 Interpersonal Communication   6cp
95727 Introduction to Health Systems   6cp
95732 Introduction to Digital Health   6cp
23567 Intermediate Microeconomics   6cp
Spring session
95730 Psychosocial Perspectives in Health   6cp
95731 Principles of Primary Health Care   6cp
95737 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control   6cp
23568 Intermediate Macroeconomics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
95733 Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Management   6cp
95734 Health Promotion and Advocacy   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91208 Electives (Economics) 30cp  
Spring session
95736 Health Project Management   6cp
23509 Empirical Methods for Policy Evaluation   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91208 Electives (Economics) 30cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
95735 Indigenous Health and Wellbeing   6cp
23005 Behavioural Economics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91208 Electives (Economics) 30cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92161 Health Science choice 12cp  
Spring session
95739 Sustainability in Public Health   6cp
95738 Professional Placement   6cp
23600 Economic Policy and Analysis (Capstone)   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92161 Health Science choice 12cp  

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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