Health Science

What is the course about?

The Bachelor of Health Science is a three year, full-time course that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in areas of Health Promotion, Community Health Development, Indigenous Health, and Health Services Management.

The course has a particular focus on the provision of culturally safe primary health care. Primary health care is "essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology that are universally accessible to individuals and families in the community" (WHO, 1978).

Culturally safe health care refers to provision of care that is sensitive to the historical, social and political context and knowledge and practices of health consumers, as well as the Western knowledges and practices that inform healthcare in Australia and beyond.

Core units within the Bachelor of Health Science ensure students gain the knowledge and understanding to support successful health service delivery for diverse populations, and particularly for Indigenous Australians.

The course also introduces students to theoretical knowledge and prespectives informing contemporary community work practice and the concepts and processes relating to social change.

Students will become familiar with a number of models and theories of community work and approached to community development, as well as developing a beginning awareness of the skills necessary for effective and progressive community-focused practice.

Course aims

Graduates from the course are qualified for a career or employment as:

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Public Health Co-ordinator
  • Health Project Managers
  • Senior Indigenous Health Promotion Officer/Co-ordinator
  • Health Policy Officers
  • Evaluation Co-ordinator
  • Aboriginal Health Centre Management
  • Strong Women’s Co-ordinator
  • Aboriginal Male Health Co-ordinator
  • Sexual Health Educators
  • Sport & Recreation Officers (Local Government)
  • Smoking Cessation Co-ordinators
  • Remote Area Health Managers

Graduate attributes

On completion of the Bachelor of Health Science, the graduate will have the ability to:

  • Understand the Australian health system and broader systems that impact health
  • Critically appraise the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health
  • Understand the history of colonization and the impact on the health of Indigenous Australians
  • Understand and implement Indigenous knowledge and practices to health service delivery models
  • Negotiate safe and effective partnerships with key stakeholders, health agencies and communities, and health consumers
  • Critically appraise and apply evidence based knowledge to the development of health policy and health service management and delivery, in diverse urban, rural, remote and very remote locations
  • Plan, develop, and implement primary health promotion projects in an effective and culturally appropriate way
  • Design health project evaluations that incorporate process, impact and outcome measures         
  • Apply fiscal policies and practices to the management of health service delivery in an ethical and equitable way  

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Health Sciences students

3 years full time, 6 years part time (external or mixed mode delivery).

The Bachelor of Health Science (pdf, 176kb) is a three year full time course that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in areas of Health Promotion, Community Health Development, Indigenous Health, and Health Services Management.

There is an emphasis on understanding the challenges of working in the diverse contexts of urban, rural and remote communities.

The course offers an ongoing pathway for VET graduates.

The course units also offer prerequisite knowledge and skills for graduate programmes such as the Master of Public Health and Master of Remote Health Practice.

Students may reside in Darwin and study internally at CDU or live in their hometown and study externally via LearnLine.

More information can be found under CDU's course pages: Bachelor of Health Science.

Intensives and Important Dates

View the current important academic dates.

Internal students can view the time and dates for classes by going to the CDU Unit Timetable and entering their unit code.


For academic information about the course, please contact the Course Coordinator:

Bachelor of Health Science

Course Co-ordinator: Robyn Williams
T: +61 8 8946 7688

For general enquiries and enrolment advice, please contact Student Services or the Academic Liaison Unit.

Health Science Staff

Robyn Williams BHS CoordinatorT: 8946 7688
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Lynn MaloneyLecturerT: 8959 5416
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Dr Michelle MossLecturerT: 8946 6752
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