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


  • Program code
  • 729002 - B Health Sciences
    729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


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

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.

Courses and Programs


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.

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