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Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2019: AUD$ 28,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 30,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Health Services1.
  • 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 industry placement in your final year.
  • Choose from a wide range of majors and minors to focus on areas that interest you most.
  • Have the opportunity to study part of your degree overseas with Study Overseas.

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


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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 biological 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.

What you'll need

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

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 the skills and knowledge to develop, evaluate and manage community-based health and wellbeing programs and services, build healthy public policy, and undertake research to improve and maintain population health and wellbeing.
  • 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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Health Concepts, Services and Trends HLTH 1040 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5 Rule(s): 4
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
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
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

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.



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

Why Bachelor of Health Science


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

You will build important industry connections throughout your degree by hearing from industry guest speakers, completing group work for consultancies and undertaking field placements. Field placements are completed in your final year and 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.

Career outcomes

Your career

With the health and wellbeing industries continuing to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising. As a Health Science professional, you will need to have an interest in the health industry, have good interpersonal and communication skills, problem solving skills and enjoy working with people. Careers to consider:

  • Health service manager: oversee and manage the administrative activities of health care departments or facilities, develop and implement policies, order supplies and  maintain records.
  • Community development officer: ensure the growth and overall health and vitality of a region by working for non-profit organisations, social service agencies or financial institutions.
  • Healthy ageing officer: develop and coordinate a range of ‘healthy ageing’ programs for older people.
  • Health promotion officer: use social and environmental interventions to improve the health of groups and individuals.
  • Community support worker: support individuals to live as independently as possible, offering physical, emotional and social support.
  • Project officer: provide project scheduling, budget management and reporting to assist in delivering success projects.
  • Health policy analyst: responsible for conducting research into the effectiveness of proposed healthcare policies.
  • Evaluation officer: plan, develop and undertake evaluations of models of care across health systems.
  • Health data manager: work with patient information and other data to undertake data analyses. 
  • health researcher or research assistant: design, manage and direct research projects related to non-clinical health care.

Depending on your results, you may also be eligible to proceed to postgraduate study. You could take your career to the next level with postgraduate coursework 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 master in one to two years.

Industry facts


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


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


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

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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As a health science student you will have access to:

  • Anatomy laboratories
  • Exercise Physiology laboratories
  • Bachelor of Health Science simulated learning space

Your program director

I am privileged with directing a dynamic and flexible degree alongside a group of dedicated teachers and researchers, developing capable, industry-ready graduates who will contribute to improving and maintaining the health of communities. I am a passionate educator, committed to teaching and learning practices that engage students and enable them to achieve their potential.

AsPr Saravana Kumar

Program Director

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Portrait image for AsPr Saravana Kumar

AsPr Saravana Kumar

Program Director


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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
<br />Employment: Community Educator, Royal Society for the Blind

Flexibility and the opportunity to explore multiple career paths attracted me to study this degree. I hope to empower people in the community by educating them about adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Esther Weng Zee Yee

Bachelor of Health Science

Esther Weng Zee Yee

Esther Weng Zee Yee

Bachelor of Health Science

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


Michael Contibas

Bachelor of Health Science
<br />Employment: Clinical Trial Coordinator, SAHMRI and Royal Adelaide Hospital