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Bachelor of Health Science

Help create healthier lives

Want to help shape the future of health? In this degree, you’ll learn about the current and future health issues facing communities, both locally and globally. You’ll also develop the practical skills you need to improve population health and wellbeing through your choice of one of four extended majors, including Applied Health Promotion, Health Communication, Applied Environmental Health, and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing.

 

In this program you will:

  • Gain a strong foundation in health science
  • Understand the current and future health needs of the community
  • Develop the problem-solving skills you need to help tackle health issues
  • Gain workplace experience in your area of specialisation

Location

CRICOS code

088888E

Entry threshold

50.00 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

3 years 3 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$8,016 CSP
CSP
A$25,400 / $76,200 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

013321

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
24
Total units
288
Duration
3 years 3 years
CRICOS code
088888E
UniSC program code
SC367
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (7) 84 units

HLT140 Think Health
HLT150 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
PUB102 Environment and Health
PUB104 Introduction to Behavioural Health
PUB112 Public Health Foundations
SCI110 Science Research Methods

Developing courses (1) 12 units

HLT205 Health Research and Evidence

Extended majors (144 units)

Select 1 extended major (144 units) from:

Elective courses (4) 48 units  #

PLUS select 4  elective courses (48 units) from the undergraduate elective course options, with the exception of WPL310 Workplace Learning I and WPL320 Workplace Learning II

 # Note for students enrolled in the Applied Environmental Health extended major: You are encouraged to consider courses from the following list when selecting electives. Only one (1) elective course can be at 100 level to meet program requirements.

ENS253 Geographic Information Science and Technology
HRM311 Enabling Team Synergy and Performance
INT370 Politics and the Media
PUB252 Health Promotion Assessment and Planning

# Note for students enrolled in the Applied Health Promotion extended major: You are encouraged to consider courses from the following list when selecting electives however, only one (1) elective course can be at 100 level to meet program requirements.

SUS101 Foundations of Sustainability
CMN231 Communication Campaign Planning
CMN276 Social Media Communication
SCS201 International Community Development and Global Justice
SCS235 Social Justice, Welfare and the State
HRM311 Enabling Team Synergy and Performance

# Note for students enrolled in the Health Communication extended major: You are encouraged to consider courses from the following list when selecting electives however, only one (1) elective course can be at 100 level to meet program requirements.

SUS101 Foundations of Sustainability
CMN204 Social Media: Content Curation and Creation
CMN252 Writing for Strategic Communication
HLT242 Indigenous Wellbeing Practice
HRM311 Enabling Team Synergy and Performance
INT370 Politics and the Media

# Note for students enrolled in the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing extended major: You are encouraged to consider courses from the following list when selecting electives. Only one (1) elective course can be at 100 level to meet program requirements.

SUS101 Foundations of Sustainability
PUB210 Concepts of Epidemiology
PUB272 Health Promotion Settings and Advocacy
SCS235 Social Justice, Welfare and the State
HRM311 Enabling Team Synergy and Performance
INT370 Politics and the Media

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Study sequences

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 50.00

Post admission requirements

  • Hold a valid Blue Card from the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for PSBA to issue the card. Note: students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the work place learning component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements. Refer to the Health Science and Health Promotion - Work Practicums.
  • Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state / territory authority)
Recommended prior study
English; General Maths, Maths Methods or Specialist Maths; at least one science subject
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
  • Depending on the Extended major chosen, students complete up to 4 electives
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • For Sippy Downs students some courses in this program will be taught at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the English language requirements
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
WIL notes
  • For students enrolled in the Environmental Health extended major this program includes compulsory placements in settings that require full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • It is a Queensland Government requirement that students undertaking a placement within a clinical setting are fit tested annually for an approved respirator. Clinical settings include hospitals, residential aged care facilities, residential disability care facilities, prison health services, youth detention health services, community health care settings, and vaccination clinics). If the Fit Testing requirement applies to placement activity within your Program it will appear in your mandatory checks on Sonia Online. In accordance with Australian Standards, you must be clean shaven for your fit test. Facial hair that lies along the sealing surface of a tight-fitting respirator prevents an effective seal. Therefore, it is a requirement that there is no hair growth between the skin and the facepiece sealing surface in order to achieve a fit. At this stage, there is no exemption in Queensland to this requirement for religious or other reasons and USC is unable to waive this requirement.
  • Refer to Health Science and Health Promotion - Work Practicums
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Bachelor of Health Science - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental health officer
  • Health communication specialist
  • Health policy development
  • Health promotion officer
  • Project development and management

Memberships

Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association
  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • Environmental Health Australia
  • Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Rural Health Workforce Australia

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$8,016
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$25,400
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
$76,200

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

USC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a USC Representative in your area.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013321
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