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Bachelor of  Health Sciences

Program code: 2252
QTAC code: 729002 - B Health Sciences, 729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


Herston, St Lucia


3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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

    Do more with your degree

    Alexa shows us how her Health Sciences degree has allowed her to follow her passion of bringing music to those that need it most.

  • Professional experience

    Yue Hua (Sassa) Liang discusses her work placement

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 (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria


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

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the B Health Sciences in 2019:

9 82 29

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics in 2019:

2 97 39

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the B Health Sciences:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median6 / 89 6 / 89
Lowest11 / 77 9 / 82

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median2 / 97 1 / 99
Lowest4 / 95 2 / 97

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study44 27.5%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience5 3.13%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
81 50.63%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5 <5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
9 5.63%
International students14 8.75%
Total160 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

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, please see Programs and Courses 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.

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.


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.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Health Sciences are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,069
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Health Sciences for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Health Sciences need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Health Sciences is 729002 - B Health Sciences, 729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

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".

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

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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