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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Health Science

2021

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
Annual Fee
$30,240.00
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. 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

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 accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • 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)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

As this course requires you to undertake a community project, you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing the community project. A national and/or international police check and a current Working with Children check is required regarding suitability to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements.

ATAR profile

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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  Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
 HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 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)
 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)
 HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion
 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)
 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)
 HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
 PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
 SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
 SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 Exercise and Physiology 1 from 2021)
 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)
 SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021)
 SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
 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:
 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)
 HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion
 HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
 HSC213 Health Informatics
 PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
 SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
 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.

Course Changes and Transition Arrangements - 2021

HSC111 Ethics in Health Care has replaced HSC210 Health Sociology from 2021. Students have completed HSC210 do not need to complete HSC111.
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction has replaced HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health from 2021. Students have completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
SBI150 Cellular Biology has replaced MLS245 Medical Biochemistry from 2021. Students who have completed MLS245 do not need to complete SBI150.

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: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

HEALTH SCIENCE STREAM

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 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) CO
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only) SE
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing SE
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only) SE 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 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (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 STREAM

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 HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) CO
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only) SE
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing SE
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour SE SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021) SE
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health  CO SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 from 2021) SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)    SE

HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)    

SE

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NUTRITION STREAM

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
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A SE SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only) SE HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only) CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021) SE HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) 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 STREAM

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
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) 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 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (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

HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)

SE HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp) SE
Specialist Elective 4 SE Specialist Elective 5 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: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

HEALTH SCIENCE STREAM 

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 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management SO
MAN204 Project Management CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only) SE
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) SE
Year 3
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing SE
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health  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 STREAM 

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 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (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
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 from 2021) SE
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour SE SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021) 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    
HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (External only) (replaces HSC210 from 2021)  SE    

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NUTRITION STREAM 

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 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (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 SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) SE
Year 3
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A SE HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021) SE 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
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 STREAM 

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 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (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
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) 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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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.

2021: 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 2021 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.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

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

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

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  • a completed undergraduate course.

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