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Health Science

Interested in Health Science?

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

Learn about biomedical and social sciences, and prepare for a non-clinical career in the health and wellbeing industries. As a health science student you will be immersed in our unique interdisciplinary environment, where you’ll work alongside people from a diverse range of health care professions – your future colleagues.

On campus you’ll find experiential learning environments and a great connection to industry and research, providing you with important learning opportunities. While off-campus you’ll take part in a valuable industry placement where you’ll learn first-hand what it’s really like on the job. These unique experiences will ensure you graduate career-ready.

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

Key features

  • Gain specialised non-clinical skills and knowledge related to the improvement and maintenance of community health.
  • Complete an industry placement and present a project proposal to an external consultant as part of your undergraduate degree.
  • Choose to study part of your degree overseas with a Student Exchange.
  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Graduate industry-ready and make the most of valuable experiential opportunities.

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

Why UniSA?

As a Health Science student you will work and study alongside like-minded peers and collaborate across disciplines – in much the same way as you will when you enter the workforce. You will be taught by industry professionals.

Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning, and as a result you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct practical experience. We have also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you will get the opportunity to use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

Want more? The University of South Australia is Australia’s youngest university to receive five stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international heavyweights to deliver impact and change.

1 2017 QS Stars Rankings

UniSA offers 6 Health Science degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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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.

In today’s complex health and wellness systems there is increasing demand for non-clinical roles related to the improvement and maintenance of individual and population health. Dedicated people with specialised skills, in-depth industry knowledge and an understanding of health beyond illness and disease are needed to work within these systems. Career opportunities may include non-clinical health roles in public or private institutions, non-for-profit groups, community organisations, government or research. 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 health care 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

If you finish your undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or above, you may also be eligible for our one-year Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) where you can further develop your research skills and prepare for a career in research.

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

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Southern Cross Care (SA & NT)
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Surf Lifesaving South Australia

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 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

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

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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. My placement at Southern Cross Care provided hands-on experience, where I helped develop a pamphlet that teaches families of the elderly about aged care and different conditions that elderly people may have.

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

Bachelor of Health Science
Employment: Community Educator, Royal Society for the Blind

Georgia Proctor

Georgia Proctor

Bachelor of Health Science
Employment: Community Educator, Royal Society for the Blind

I was always interested in healthcare and this flexible degree provided me with a well-rounded view of health as a whole, giving me a broad range of career options. It’s rewarding working with patients who are benefitting from the studies we’re running.

Michael Contibas

Bachelor of Health Science
Employment: Clinical Trial Coordinator, SAHMRI and Royal Adelaide Hospital

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Michael Contibas

Bachelor of Health Science
Employment: Clinical Trial Coordinator, SAHMRI and Royal Adelaide Hospital

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017