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Duration

3 year/s full-time
6 year/s part-time
3 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer Semester
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

240

Course code

WHSC02
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

With an increasing demand for health professionals with a broad skill set, you will help keep our populations health.

Our Bachelor of Health Science provides skills to fill gaps in the Australian health care system and prepares you to work in a multidisciplinary health industry.

This health science degree offers strong health industry connections and course content which leads to a career in health policy and research, health and wellbeing or health promotion. This course also offers a pathway into master level studies if you wish to pursue a career in occupational therapy, nutrition, speech and language therapy, health research and 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. Our Bachelor of Health Science offers international study opportunities and welcomes both First Nations and international students with dedicated support services on hand to support you through your degree.

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

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 and advanced standing

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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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

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.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $30,240.00. This equates to $3,780.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, 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.

Engineering student Johanna Luck

Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #4 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance
Stephen Kho - Public Health Research

Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #4 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance

What will I study?

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 and more.

Course structure

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 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 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 typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
 Core Units
 (15 units)
 150cpCompulsory Core units totalling 150 credit points as detailed below.

 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SWK102 Communication Skills
 PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140 2022)
 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)
 90cpSpecialist 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 (20cp)
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20cp)

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (recommended if pursuing Master of Occupational Therapy)
Complete all 5 units (50 credit points)
HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)
HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour (replaces PSY208 2022)
SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 Exercise and Physiology 1 from 2021)
Plus

Complete 40 credit points from either Option A or Option B:
Students undertaking the Bachelor of Health Science MUST complete Option A
Students undertaking the dual Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy MUST complete Option B
Option A
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20cp)
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20cp)
Option B
OCC515 Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth (20cp)
OCC612 Occupational Therapy for Professional Practice 2 (20cp)

NUTRITION(recommended if pursuing Master of Nutrition) 
Complete all 5 units (50 credit points)
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021)
SBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals (replaces SBI182 from S2 2022 and SBI173 from 2021)
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A
SPE320 Nutrition and Health
Plus
Complete 40 credit points from either Option A or Option B:
Students undertaking the Bachelor of Health Science MUST complete Option A
Students undertaking the dual Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Nutrition MUST complete Option B
Option A
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20cp)
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20cp)
Option B
NUT501 Principles of Nutrition Science
NUT601 Nutrition in Practice
NUT602 Nutrition Research Project (20cp)

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY(recommended if pursuing Master of Speech and Language Therapy)    
Complete 90 credit points from either Option A or Option B:
Students undertaking the Bachelor of Health Science MUST complete Option A
Students undertaking the dual Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Speech and Language Therapy MUST complete Option B
Option A
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
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour (replaces PSY208 2022)
SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
SPE320 Nutrition and Health
Plus
Complete 2 units (40 credit points) from:
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20cp)
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20cp)
Option B
Complete 2 units (20 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
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour (replaces PSY208 2022)
SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
SPE320 Nutrition and Health
Plus
Complete 6 units (70 credit points) from:
SLT501 Foundations of Communication Analysis
SLT502 Principles of Dysphagia
SLT503 Working as a Speech Pathologist
SLT601 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 1
SLT602 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 2
SLT603 Speech Pathology in Professional Practice 3 (20cp)

  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 TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2022
PSY140 has been replaced by PSY150. Students that have completed PSY140 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY150.
PSY208 has been replaced by PSY228. Students that have completed PSY208 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY228.

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 UnitSE = Specialist Elective

HEALTH SCIENCE STREAM

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COHSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)CO
Year 2
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)COHSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only)SE
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC211 Mental Health and WellbeingSE
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only)SEHSC213 Health Informatics (External only)SE
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health COHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health COHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)SEHSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY STREAM

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COHSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)CO
Year 2
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)COHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)SE
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC211 Mental Health and WellbeingSE
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour (replaced by PSY228)SESPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)SE
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health COHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health COSPE111 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 1Semester 2
Year 1
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCOSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry ASESBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals (replaces SBI182 from S2 2022 and SBI173 from 2021)SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project ManagementCOSBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1CO
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only)SEHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021)SEHSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)CO
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health COHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health COSBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological StudiesSE
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 1Semester 2
Year 1
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCOSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)COSpecialist Elective 1SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project ManagementCOSBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health COHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 3SE
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health COHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO

HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)

SEHSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE
Specialist Elective 4SESpecialist Elective 5SE

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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 UnitSE = Specialist Elective

HEALTH SCIENCE STREAM 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only)CO
  SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementSO
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion (External only)SE
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COHSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)SE
Year 3
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)COHSC211 Mental Health and WellbeingSE
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health COHSC213 Health Informatics (External only)SE
HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)SEHSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE
Year 4
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO  
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCO  
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health CO  
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only)SE  

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY STREAM 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only)CO
  SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COHSC211 Mental Health and WellbeingSE
Year 3
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)COSPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 from 2021)SE
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour (replaced by PSY228)SESPE261 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 MethodsCO  
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 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only)CO
  SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  HSC112  Basics of EpidemiologyCO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COSBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals (replaces SBI182 from S2 2022 and SBI173 from 2021)SE
Year 3
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry ASEHSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021)SESBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological StudiesSE

HSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)

SEHSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE
Year 4
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO  
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCO  
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health CO  
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only)SE  

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY STREAM 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only)CO
  SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  HSC112  Basics of EpidemiologyCO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only)CO
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOSpecialist Elective 1SE
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A (replaced by PSY150)COSpecialist Elective 2SE
Year 3
HSC220  Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)COHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health COSpecialist Elective 3SE
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 MethodsCO  
Specialist Elective 4SE  
Specialist Elective 5SE  

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Students commencing in Summer Semester - Intake is available to International students only

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • 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 UnitSE = Specialist Elective

HEALTH SCIENCE STREAM

Semester 1Semester 2Summer Semester (Sem-3)
Calendar Year 1 (2022)
    SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
    SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
    HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO
    HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological IntroductionCO
Calendar Year 2 (2023)
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACOHSC112 Basics of EpidemiologyCO  
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO  
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2COHSC202 Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion
 
SE  
HSC111 Ethics in Health CareSEHSC211 Mental Health Wellbeing SE  
Calendar Year 3 (2024)
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO  
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC213 Health Informatics (External only)SE  
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)SE  
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only)SE    
Calendar Year 4 (2025)
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health CO    
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO    
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE    

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY STREAM

Semester 1Semester 2Summer Semester (Sem-3)
Calendar Year 1 (2022)
    SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
    SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
    HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO
    HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological IntroductionCO
Calendar Year 2 (2023)
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACOHSC112 Basics of EpidemiologyCO  
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO  
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2COHSC211 Mental Health and WellbeingSE  
HSC111 Ethics in Health CareSESPE261 Functional AnatomySE  
Calendar Year 3 (2024)
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO  
MAN204 Project ManagementCOSPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and DeliverySE  
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)SE  
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of BehaviourSE    
Calendar Year 4(2025)
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health CO    
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO    
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE    

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NUTRITION STREAM

Semester 1Semester 2Summer Semester (Sem-3)
Calendar Year 1 (2022)
    SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
    SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
    HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO
    HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological IntroductionCO
Calendar Year 2 (2023)
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACOHSC112 Basics of EpidemiologyCO  
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCO  
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2COHSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO  
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry ASESBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)SE  
Calendar Year 3(2024)
MAN204 Project ManagementCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO  
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOSBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological StudiesSE  
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ASEHSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)SE  
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only)SE    
Calendar Year 4(2025)
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health CO    
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO    
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE    

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY STREAM

Semester 1Semester 2Summer Semester (Sem-3)
Calendar Year 1 (2022)
    SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
    SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
    HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO
    HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological IntroductionCO
Calendar Year 2 (2023)
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACOHSC112 Basics of EpidemiologyCO  
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO  
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2COSpecialist Elective 1SE  
MAN204 Project ManagementCOSpecialist Elective 2SE  
Calendar Year 3 (2024)
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCOHSC318 Rural and Remote HealthCO  
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOSpecialist Elective 3SE  
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health SEHSC331 Health Science Community Practicum A (20 cp)SE  
PHM301 Exploring Public HealthSE    
Calendar Year 4 (2025)
Specialist Elective 4SE    
Specialist Elective 5SE    
HSC332 Health Science Community Practicum B (20 cp)SE    

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Entry requirements

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 III 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 140.
  • 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.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

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.

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers onlyATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 59.50 65.65
Median rank to receive an offer 74.38 78.20
Highest rank to receive an offer 99.85 99.95

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021)No. of Students% of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
50 76.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 11.0
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
5 8.0
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

<5N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5N/P
International students<5N/P
All students 66 102.0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Health Science
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences

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.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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You make CDU

Our students choose to study with us because we share the same vision – to make a positive change. Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction.

How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104681
590350
Online (CSP)
104681
590350
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101036

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