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Bachelor of Health Science

Course code K97

Health Science is broad, but essentially, it’s all about enhancing the health of communities. That includes tackling a range of health-related societal problems, such as obesity, harmful alcohol and drug use and even dealing with a global pandemic!

In this degree, you’ll study the core concepts of public health and access tools that will prepare you for the real world. Studying Health Science at ECU will give you skills to not only assess and monitor health situations, but you’ll also learn intervention strategies so you can make a difference to the lives and health of others. You’ll also gain valuable industry experience through a work placement in your final year.

And because you have a choice of one or more major subjects in this degree, you’ll learn specific skills in an area that interests you. The Bachelor of Health Science gives you a choice of six majors - Addiction Studies, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Nutrition Bioscience, Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety, and Occupational Safety and Health.

You’ll be surprised how many diverse workplaces have career opportunities for our Health Science graduates.

Why ECU?

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K97

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West FT PT FT PT
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K97

CRICOS code

071523G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,700

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West FT FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Course Structure

Students are required to complete a Core unit set. This will be supported by a supplementary program comprising of: two 8-unit Majors; or an 8-unit Major, plus a 6-unit Minor and 2 Elective units; or a 16-unit specialised Major. Note: Majors and Minors are selected from the Bachelor of Health Science. Alternate options require approval of the Course Coordinator.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1111Population Health15
MAT1114Introductory Statistics15
HST1109Epidemiology15
HST2122Health Research Methodology15
HST3501Health Research Project15
IAS3100Indigenous Health15
HST3502Health Sciences Professional Practices15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
Unit from Supplementary Programx 16240

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Some majors can only be studied on-campus and students should refer to the delivery options listed against each major for further details.

    Southwest campus: Please note that only the Majors of Occupational Health and Safety, Nutrition, Health Promotion and Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety can be studied on campus.

  • Students are required to complete HST3502 Health Sciences Professional Practice as part of the
    course.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to complete 75 hours of work placement, outside of the timetabled class
    activities.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Risk management processes will be followed for all practicum placements. Police clearance and health screenings are unlikely, however may be applicable to certain work placements. A Working with Children Check may also be applicable for some placements.

    Professional practice rules

    Students are expected to follow guidelines for ethical principles and professional behaviour, including confidentiality requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical Health Science situations.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex Health Science problems.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions/responses.
  4. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

Choose student type

AUD $7,550 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,700 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist within a range of workplaces including aged care facilities and hospitals, rural and regional settings, asthma/diabetes/cancer/injury prevention councils, heart foundations, family planning associations, alcohol and other drug agencies, mining, oil and gas industries, community development and local government organisations, disability services, justice and correctional agencies, research institutes, international aid organisations, and mental health support agencies.

Possible future job titles

Community Health Officer, Environmental Health Officer, Youth Worker, Child Health Officer, Health Promotion Officer, Health Worker, Nutritionist, Health Promotion Nutritionist, Occupational Safety and Health Management Officer, Occupational Hygiene Technician

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Environmental Health professionals have never been so important to the world. After all, this is someone who instigates prevention programs and strategies for the control of communicable diseases and major outbreaks like coronavirus.

At ECU you can start a career in Environmental Health – or add to existing qualifications – through two study options:

  • Diploma in Environmental Health - 1 year full-time
  • Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) - 3 years full-time

Both courses can be studied online, and completing the Diploma gives you up to one year’s credit towards the degree course.

The new OEHS major also has provisional professional accreditation with Environmental Health Australia.

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Student stories

  • Jessica Casado

    Bachelor of Health Science graduate

    Practical experiences, including the placements really helped shape where I wanted to go for a meaningful career.

    Health Science graduate Jessica says placements and practical experiences helped to shape where she wanted to go for a meaningful career.

  • Nicole Wickens

    Nicole Wickens

    ECU Addiction Studies and Health Promotion student

    I wanted the skills to implement and evaluate health promotion and public health programs

    I decided to study Health Science at ECU, as I wanted to become a health care professional and help improve the lives and wellbeing of others within a community. I have a strong passion for working with people and an interest in the field of Alcohol & Other Drugs, which led me to choose the health promotion and addiction study majors, as they go hand-in-hand. The lecturers have been so friendly and welcoming and I love ECU's facilities, in particular, the library resources and all the cafés.

  • Beki Bampton

    Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion & OSH) graduate

    Why study Health Promotion at ECU?

    ECU graduate Beki talks about how her degree and student work placement led to a new job.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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