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Bachelor of Health Science

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
104681
590350
Online (CSP)
104681
590350
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina Campus
0101036
Course Duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WHSC02

Award
Bachelor of Health Science
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

With a goal to keep our populations healthy, the demand for more health professionals with a broad skill set is increasing. The Bachelor of Health Science from Charles Darwin University provides the skills to fill the gap in the Australian health care system and prepares you for working in a multidisciplinary health industry. The Bachelor of Health Science has strong health industry connections and course content which leads to work in areas including environmental officers , health policy and research, health and wellbeing or health promotion. This course offers a pathway into master level studies so you can pursue a career in occupational therapy, health research or public health.

A core part of the course is the community project which provides opportunity to put your knowledge into practice supported by CDU academic staff. You will have access to international study opportunities and our course offers both an Indigenous and international support lecturer.

As a graduate, you will be ready to make a positive difference to health across local, rural and remote Australia and beyond.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in areas such as health promotion, health services management, and public health.

Professional recognition

Students are eligible to apply for membership with the following professional associations: The Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education
Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2019 and 2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2020 is AUD $30,240.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink
unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only
International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia
should apply via SATAC.

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  • This course is being accredited for delivery in 2020.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

A health science degree with CDU provides opportunity to start your career as a health professional in Australia or beyond. With flexible online delivery and option to attend internal classes the Bachelor of Health Science offers 15 core units and choice of 7 special elective units to ensure you have the skills you need to work in areas of health promotion, Indigenous health, environmental health roles and more.

This course has emphasis on understanding the challenges of working in diverse contexts of urban, rural, and remote communities and offers opportunity access scholarships as well as study abroad with international study tours and student exchange programs.

You'll study alongside students from nursing, midwifery, social work, and other allied health areas developing an understanding of multidisciplinary professions across the health industry. You'll gain knowledge of health beyond illness and disease prevention and learn how to manage, coordinate and administer health infrastructure and resources.

There is a range of flexible delivery options which include workshops, online units, face-to-face tutorials, and for those balancing life, work and family responsibilities, there is the option to study this degree 100% online. Health science offers diverse and relevant units encompassing topics such as epidemiology, mental health, cultural safety, research and global and environmental health.

If you are an Indigenous or international student, we provide access to dedicated student support lecturers to help facilitate a successful study journey. In the final year of study all our students will be supported by CDU academics to work with health agencies to complete your own community health project.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
 Core Units
 (15 units)
 150cp Compulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below.

 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SWK102 Communication Skills
 PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology
 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
 HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health
 MAN204 Project Management
 SWK312 Social Research Methods
 HSC318 Rural and Remote Health 
 PHM301 Exploring Public Health 
 HSC312 Global and Environmental Health 

 Specialist   Electives
 (7 units)
 90cp Specialist Elective units totalling 90 credit points as detailed below. Students must do all of the Specialist Elective units in their specialisation.

 HEALTH SCIENCE
 Complete all 7 units (90 credit points)
 HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion
 HSC210 Health Sociology
 HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
 HSC213 Health Informatics
 SPE320 Nutrition and Health
 HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)
 HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)

 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (recommended if pursuing Master of Occupational Therapy)   
 Complete all 7 units (90 credit points)
 HSC210 Health Sociology
 HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
 PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
 SBI261 Functional Anatomy
 SPE209 Exercise and Physiology 1
 HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)
 HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)

 NUTRITION (recommended if pursuing Master of Nutrition) 
 Complete all 7 units (90 credit points)
 MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
 SBI173 Microbiology
 SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
 SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A
 SPE320 Nutrition and Health
 HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)
 HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)

 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY (recommended if pursuing Master of Speech and Language Therapy)    
 Complete 2 units (40 credit points)
 HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)
 HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) 
 
 Plus, complete 5 units (50 credit points) selected from:
 HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion
 HSC210 Health Sociology
 HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
 HSC213 Health Informatics
 PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
 SBI261 Functional Anatomy
 SPE320 Nutrition and Health

   240cp  Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
  R = Research P = Practicum/Placement E = Elective

 HEALTH SCIENCE SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC210 Health Sociology SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only) SE
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only) SE HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing SE
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health CO HSC213 Health Informatics (External only) SE
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives (External only) CO
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC210 Health Sociology SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health CO HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives (External only) CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing SE
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour SE SBI261 Functional Anatomy SE
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health   CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health  CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO SPE209 Exercise and Physiology 1 SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE

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NUTRITION SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A SE SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO SBI173 Microbiology SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
SPE320 Nutrition and Health SE HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives (External only) CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry SE HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health (External only) CO
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health CO Specialist Elective 1 SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives (External only) CO
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
Specialist Elective 4 SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
  R = Research P = Practicum/Placement E = Elective

 HEALTH SCIENCE SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only) SE
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC210 Health Sociology SE
Year 3
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing SE
HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives CO HSC213 Health Informatics (External only) SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE
Year 4
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO    
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO    
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO    
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only) SE    

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives (External only) CO
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing SE
Year 3
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health CO SPE209 Exercise and Physiology 1 SE
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour SE SBI261 Functional Anatomy SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE
Year 4
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO    
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO    
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO    
HSC210 Health Sociology (External only) SE    

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NUTRITION SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives(External only) CO
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO SBI173 Microbiology SE
Year 3
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A SE SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry SE HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health (External only) CO
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE
Year 4
PHM301 Exploring Public Health  CO    
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO    
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO    
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only) SE    

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SPECIALISATION

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills SE
    HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology SE
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives (External only) CO
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO Specialist Elective 1 SE
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Year 3
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO Specialist Elective 3 SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp) SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE
Year 4
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO    
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO    
Specialist Elective 4 SE    
Specialist Elective 5 SE    

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