Skip to main content

Health Science

Engage with the public and primary healthcare sector.

Health Science graduates are health professionals who fill the gap in Australia’s health workforce in primary, public and preventative health. They are focused on keeping Australia’s population healthy.  

Health Science

Katherine Taylor - Lecturer, Health Science:

"Hi, welcome to Health Science.

We offer an innovative way of studying with the use of cutting-edge technologies as well as work-integrated learning possibilities.

Join us and develop skills that make a difference to health across local, regional and remote Australia and beyond."

Text on screen: Learn more about Health Science at CDU's College of Health and Human Sciences by visiting: cdu.edu.au/health-human-sciences

Text on screen: You make CDU.

Changing the focus of health

The Australian health system has traditionally had an acute care focus, and this tends to cascade to health students. Given that we have a major increase in chronic conditions and an ageing population, health reform is vital. 

76% of Australians ranked preventative health in the top ten priorities for the Australian Government. Our challenge is to ensure our students are aware of the changing focus of government policy from acute to primary health and recognise the opportunities this presents for them as professionals.

Public & primary health

The Bachelor of Health Science offers you the opportunity to engage with the public and primary health care sector. The course includes diverse and innovative units aimed at addressing many of Australia’s health challenges. A strength of the course is the focus on culturally safe health care and Indigenous health.  

Culturally safe care

Culturally safe care refers to provision of care that is sensitive to the historical, social and political context of clients, their families and communities.

You'll become familiar with models and theories of community work and approaches to community development, as well as developing an awareness of the skills necessary for effective and progressive community-focused practice.

Graduate pathways

Health Science graduates work in areas of health promotion, project management, health policy and community development, as well as many other areas requiring primary health professionals.  Additionally, this course provides prerequisite knowledge and skills suitable for applying for graduate programs in allied health, public health and medicine, including a specialist stream into Occupational Therapy. The course offers an ongoing pathway for VET graduates.

Explore Health Sciences courses