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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


Herston, St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

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 will 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

    This program is taught through the School of Public Health, which is ranked number one in the Asia Pacific for Public Health. UQ was also ranked 30th in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • 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.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Alexa discusses using her degree to combine her passion for music with health sciences

  • Why study

    Find out Health Sciences can prepare you for a career in healthcare

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.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
    729002 - B Health Sciences
    729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

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


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 Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


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.


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.

Clinical Health

The Clinical Health specialisation in the Bachelor of Health Sciences focuses on the health of individuals and provides a pathway for students wishing to proceed to postgraduate clinical awards at UQ, such as the Doctor of Medicine, Master of Physiotherapy Studies, Master of Occupational Therapy Studies and Master of Speech Pathology Studies. It may also meet entry requirements for postgraduate awards at other universities.


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

The Public Health specialisation will focus on the health of populations.

This specialisation 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.

The Public Health specialisation will provide a pathway to a variety of non-clinical careers in the healthcare sector, or further study, such as 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 $37,344
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Health Sciences for the 2020 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.


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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