Bachelor of Health Science

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT/VIC); 03286A (NSW)

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.

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 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 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) 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 in Health Promotion (new title in 2021) 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 in Health Promotion (new title in 2021) 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 PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013No 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 aboveStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.Course Changes and Transition Arrangements - 2021HSC111 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.

Subjects

  • Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

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.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
CDU Online International: $30,240 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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