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Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBHL

SATAC Code
414311 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 65.05 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Gain specialised non-clinical skills and knowledge related to the improvement and maintenance of community health.
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete a health and wellbeing placement in your final year.
  • Choose from a wide range of majors and minors to specialise in areas that interest you most.
  • Have the opportunity to study part of your degree overseas with Study Overseas.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

This flexible degree will prepare you for a career as a non-clinical health professional. Through a range of theoretical and practical learning you will gain a thorough understanding of biomedical and social science, and have the opportunity to align your studies to a personal area of interest through a wide selection of majors and minors.

On campus you’ll find experiential learning environments and a great connection to industry and research, providing you with important learning opportunities. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain some real-world experience when you complete an industry field placement during your final year of study.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the degree.

Why Bachelor of Health Science

Why this Degree

World-class teaching staff and state-of-the-art learning facilities mean this degree is a great choice for students interested in non-clinical health. Our on-campus facilities are extensive and are a great way to develop skills and to explore and experience the practical nature of this industry.

A key focus is on practical learning – both on-campus and off. As a health science student you will gain valuable industry experience when you complete a health and wellbeing industry placement during your final year. This work experience ensures you graduate career-ready and is a great opportunity to build important industry networks.

Real-world connections

Field placements, which you will complete during your final year, are a great way to build important industry connections. As a renowned research institution we have strong relationships with industry and more than 500 clinical placement partners – this is great news for health science students eager to build pivotal industry networks. 

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1, you will be well placed to pursue a career in the field of health science.

With the health and wellbeing industries continuing to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising. Careers to consider:

  • health researcher or research assistant: design, manage and direct research projects related to non-clinical health care
  • clinical manager: oversee day-to-day management of the workplace, develop and implement policies, and set and monitor budgets
  • community development officer: ensure the growth and overall health and vitality of a region; community development officers might work for non-profit organisations, social service agencies and financial institutions
  • community support worker: support individuals to live as independently as possible, offering physical, emotional and social support
  • health policy analyst: responsible for conducting research into the effectiveness of proposed healthcare policies
  • healthy ageing officer: develop and coordinate a range of ‘healthy ageing’ programs for older people
  • project officer: ensure the project finishes on time and on budget
  • evaluation officer: plan, develop and undertake evaluations of models of care across health systems

You could also take your career to the next level with a postgraduate qualification in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or medical sonography. You can complete a graduate certificate in six months, a graduate diploma in one year, and a masters in one to two years.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Industry facts

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Employment for health therapy professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 21,600 (25.2 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Healthcare and social assistance is a strongly growing industry. As Australia's largest employing industry it employs more than 1.5 million and accounts for 13 per cent of workers1.

1ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

I studied Health Science as it’s a broad degree which gave me time to determine what I wanted to specialise in.

Brian Lai

Bachelor of Health Science

Brian Lai

Brian Lai

Bachelor of Health Science

Health Science is a diverse degree that has flexibility with majors and minors to make it what you enjoy and are passionate about. Since graduating, I started working with the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB). I really enjoy my role at the RSB and I like the diversity of different audiences, networking with other service providers and advocating for people who are blind or vision impaired.

Georgia Proctor, Community Educator, Royal Society for the Blind

Bachelor of Health Science

Georgia Proctor

Georgia Proctor, Community Educator, Royal Society for the Blind

Bachelor of Health Science

I hope to empower people in the community by educating them about adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Esther Weng Zee Yee

Bachelor of Health Science

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Esther Weng Zee Yee

Bachelor of Health Science

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a range of theoretical and practical learning this degree will prepare you for a career as a non-clinical health professional. You will:

  • develop knowledge in biological, social and research sciences
  • investigate current health needs
  • explore the relationships between individuals and society that lead to population health patterns
  • develop skills in health evaluation, project management and health informatics
  • gain a broad understanding of the health industry, its partners and stakeholders
  • complete an industry placement in a real workplace

A wide range of majors and minors means you will also work and study alongside people from a range of allied health areas. This is an opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the role of these professions within the health industry. The majors and minors offered include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Counselling
  • Languages
  • Psychology

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • quizzes
  • portfolios
  • research proposals
  • web-based tutorial submissions
  • group presentations
  • assignments
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Health Concepts, Services and Trends HLTH 1040 4.5
AND
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5 Rule(s): 4
OR
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5 Rule(s): 5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
Health Promotion (Theory and Concepts) HLTH 1041 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Introduction to Sociology of Health and Physical Activity HLTH 1042 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Principles and Practices of Evaluation EDUC 2044 4.5
Major/Minor Course 1 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Project Management for Health Promotion HLTH 2023 4.5
Health Informatics INFT 4018 4.5
Major/Minor Course 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Major/Minor Course 3 4.5 Rule(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Nutrition Communication and Food Studies FOSC 3014 4.5
Planning for Healthy Cities ARCH 5043 4.5
Major/Minor Course 4 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Major/Minor Course 5 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Health & Well-being Industry Placement HLTH 3048 4.5
Major/Minor Course 6 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Major/Minor Course 7 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Major/Minor Course 8 4.5 Rule(s): 2

I have an interest in mental health and wellbeing; I have worked as a social worker in aged care, and for the state government on issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, prisoner health, and primary healthcare.

Dr Janette Young

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a health science student you will have access to:

  • anatomy laboratories
  • exercise physiology laboratories
  • Bachelor of Health Science simulated learning space
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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