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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Program code: 2252
QTAC code: 729002 - B Health Sciences, 729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics
CRICOS code: 055897K

Delivery location

Herston, St Lucia

Duration

3 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

Interested in a career in health? The Bachelor of Health Sciences offers a detailed overview of healthcare and is the perfect springboard to a variety of clinical and non clinical careers in the healthcare sector.

  • The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a three-year program that provides a comprehensive overview of health and health care, including biomedicine, healthcare ethics, public health, psychology and nutrition.
  • Choose to major in Health Promotion, Nutrition, or Public Health. You'll study a range of specialised courses during your second and third year, and will also undertake health and management-related electives.
  • Receive a solid foundation that will allow you to move into a clinical or non-clinical career. This is an excellent pathway into postgraduate health programs, including medicine.
  • Get hands-on experience, integrate your knowledge and develop key professional skills in a busy health setting as you undertake supervised work experience in your final year.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences provides a comprehensive introduction to health and can lead you towards further study in postgraduate health programs, or a rewarding non-clinical career.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The Bachelor of Helth Sciences is taught through the UQ's esteemed School of Public Health. UQ was also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

  • Alumni
    "The program gave me insight into chronic diseases, Indigenous health, public health and many other topics. My favourite thing was that I knew I would be able to eventually make a difference in the community and improve health." Alana Haymes, BHlthSc (2011), Master of Public Health (Nutrition) (2014)
    Health Promotion Officer, Deadly Choices
  • Students
    "I chose to study the Bachelor of Health Sciences because it provided me with a great platform to move into medicine. The combination of pure sciences, applied sciences and public health really appealed to me." Rebekah Adams, BHlthSc (2011), current Doctor of Medicine student
  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences typically work as non-clinical professionals, health promotion officers, public health officers, or behind-the-scenes in health management or administration. 

Graduates use their skills to assess, manage, plan and deliver healthier communities.

Other graduates pursue clinical careers (those that involve directly treating patients) by undertaking further study in:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Audiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Medicine
  • Dietetics

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they develop their research skills and make useful contributions to knowledge.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations like the Public Health Student Association and the UQ Premedical Society provide plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Students
    “I was motivated to study Health Sciences to help people manage conditions such as food allergies or diabetes through dietary means. I chose UQ for the facilities that the campuses and Brisbane have to offer. Between all the eating options and 24-hour libraries, I spend a lot of time on campus.” Zoe Thomson, BHlthSc graduate (2014), current Master of Dietetics Studies student

Summary

  • Program code
    2252
  • QTAC code
    729002 - B Health Sciences
    729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code
    055897K

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English. It is highly recommended that students undertake one of Year 12 or equivalent Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Science21.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Health Sciences are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Health Sciences are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

HLTH3001 Practicum in Health Sciences has been developed to provide final year Health Science students with hands-on experience in a health-related work environment. The placement uses the student's accumulated knowledge and skill base and prepares them for future employment within the health care industry. The placement delivers important vocational skills and provides students with complementary workplace-based experience.
Students are required to hold a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) and have received a Hepatitis B vaccination.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Health Promotion

Learn how health services and programs are designed and delivered to promote positive community health and prevent disease and disability. You will learn how to work with communities to promote health and understand the role of health services, health policy and healthcare decision making, while examining the role of human behaviour in the incidence, prevention and progression of illness. During the degree you will complete foundation studies in the health sciences and learn how to apply this knowledge to health promotion and health behaviours, physical activity, nutrition and the planning of health services. You will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of these issues, the skills to analyse these situations and develop programs to address them. You will apply this knowledge in your third year, where you will spend 90 hours on placement in non-clinical health-related organisations around metropolitan and rural Australia.

Nutrition

Human nutrition is a global term which concerns the way that foods and nutrients are acquired and used. It includes studies in biomedical science, biochemistry, nutrition, behavioural sciences and food sciences. The Nutrition major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences also includes supporting studies in health systems, public health and Indigenous health. This will enable graduates to work as community nutritionists, encouraging the population to achieve healthier eating and reducing the burden of diet-related disease. Other careers are in the area of health promotion, project officer or community health. The major provides the basis for further studies (e.g. public health) or a career in research.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in Nutrition is a recommended pathway to the Master of Dietetics Studies and satisfies all the pre-requisite courses required for that program.

Public Health

Public health focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. It's an excellent choice if you are keen to pursue a clinical career in areas like medicine, allied health or social work.

The Public Health major will teach you to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities. You will study a wide range of health disciplines and competencies including biomedical sciences, public health, global health, health research methods, health policy and professional practice (e.g. health law and ethics) and gain in-depth skills and knowledge in health to bring about positive changes in communities. You will apply this knowledge in your third year, where you will spend 90 hours on placement in non-clinical health-related organisations around metropolitan and rural Australia.

A public health major can also lead to a research career via Honours or a Master of Public Health.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $33,712
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Health Sciences for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Health Sciences depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Health Sciences is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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