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Diploma of Health Science


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Casuarina Campus (CSP)
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* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
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Casuarina Campus
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Diploma of Health Science
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health and Medicine

The Diploma of Health Science will provide you with a range of skills and knowledge applicable to the Australian health care system, including health promotion, communication skills and cultural safety in healthcare. Graduates have the opportunity to access entry level health related roles across health services and organisations. Employment options include roles as health administrators, health promotion or public health workers.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in areas such as Health promotion, Primary and Community health centres, Non-government organisations, Social services, Health Clerk, Therapy services officer.

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

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 5.

Contact details

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

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The Diploma of Health Science provides a pathway into the Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Public Health and Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(3 units)


 Compulsory Core units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below. 

 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 SWK102 Communication Skills 
 HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health

Specialist Elective
(5 units)


Specialist Elective Units totalling 50 credit points selected from the following specialist elective streams: 

 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology
 MAN204 Project Management

 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SBI173 Microbiology
 MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
 SPH141 Concepts of Physics

 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
 MAN204 Project Management
 SWK312 Social Research Methods



Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


Study plan

Detailed course requirements and study information will be published as soon as it becomes available.


Domestic students - undergraduate studies


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











UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW












Direct applications are open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU:

  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree


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

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International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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