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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Overview

Build the foundations for a successful career in health or medicine as you gain a perspective on human health, from the cell to public policy.

A Bachelor of Health Sciences from UQ equips you to make a difference to the lives of many, with a program created in consultation with the health industry.

The degree includes study in biomedical sciences, public health, preventative health, the business of health and professional practice. It is also flexible, designed to prepare you for a clinical or non-clinical career. In your third year you'll undertake 90 hours of practical (non-clinical) placement to gain hands-on industry experience.

For non-clinical students, it provides access to careers in the planning and delivery of efficient public health programs and policies, and enrolment in postgraduate degrees such as the Master of Public Health.

Students seeking a clinical career may complete this program and then, subject to meeting entry requirements, enrol in a clinical postgraduate degree such as the Doctor of Medicine, Master of Occupational Therapy Studies or Master of Dietetics Studies.

For students with provisional entry to the Doctor of Medicine, this is a recognised pathway, providing future medical practitioners with a solid grounding in biomedical sciences, public health, healthcare ethics, behavioural sciences and the healthcare system.

Location
Herston, St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
QTAC Code
729002 - B Health Sciences
729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics
Program Code
2252
AQF
Level 7
Location
Herston, St Lucia
Fees
A$37344 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
QTAC Code
729002 - B Health Sciences
729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics
Program Code
2252
CRICOS Code
055897K
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at the university ranked first in Australia for public health.
  • Learn the most relevant, up-to-date theory from some of the country’s leading experts in health.
  • Gain hands-on experience to help you graduate job-ready.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to choose a clinical or non-clinical career path.

2 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

37 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Health Systems and Policy
  • Integrative Thinking in Health
  • Biology for Health Sciences

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.

Prerequisites

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

Entry score threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the B Health Sciences in 2020

OPRankIB
98230

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics in 2020

OPRankIB
39638

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

English language requirements

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.

 

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Health Sciences for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median7 / 887 / 88
Lowest11 / 779 / 82

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest<5 / <5<5 / <5
Median<5 / <5<5 / <5
Lowest<5 / <5<5 / <5

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

3729.84%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

54.03%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
5241.94%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5<5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5<5

International students

1814.52%

Total

124100%

"<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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Health Sciences are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Specialisations

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Clinical Health

An excellent choice if you're keen to pursue an area like medicine or allied health, the Clinical Health major will equip you with all the prerequisites that will enable you to be ready for a fulfilling clinical career.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of health systems and services, health policy and working effectively with communities.

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Nutrition

For a successful future in nutrition or diet, you need an understanding of nutrition sciences to achieve healthy eating outcomes and reduce the burden of diet-related disease.

This major includes studies in biomedical science, biochemistry, nutrition science, behavioural sciences and food sciences, and the political, environmental, commercial and social factors affecting food supply, choices and health. It also covers health systems, public and Indigenous health.

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Public Health

Gain the knowledge and confidence to work with communities to promote health and understand the role of health services, health policy and healthcare decision-making.

Examine the role of human behaviour in the incidence, prevention and progression of illness. Focus on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health and well-being. Learn how to design and deliver health services and programs to promote positive community health and prevent disease and disability.

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Specialisations

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Clinical Health

An excellent choice if you're keen to pursue an area like medicine or allied health, the Clinical Health major will equip you with all the prerequisites that will enable you to be ready for a fulfilling clinical career.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of health systems and services, health policy and working effectively with communities.

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Nutrition

For a successful future in nutrition or diet, you need an understanding of nutrition sciences to achieve healthy eating outcomes and reduce the burden of diet-related disease.

This major includes studies in biomedical science, biochemistry, nutrition science, behavioural sciences and food sciences, and the political, environmental, commercial and social factors affecting food supply, choices and health. It also covers health systems, public and Indigenous health.

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Public Health

Gain the knowledge and confidence to work with communities to promote health and understand the role of health services, health policy and healthcare decision-making.

Examine the role of human behaviour in the incidence, prevention and progression of illness. Focus on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health and well-being. Learn how to design and deliver health services and programs to promote positive community health and prevent disease and disability.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $37,344

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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 (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,232

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Health Sciences for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Health Sciences is 729002 - B Health Sciences, 729702 - B Health Sc(Nutr)/M Dietetics.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Health Sciences is 2252.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

Express yourself. And your interest.

They say choosing a degree is hard, which is why we've made it easy. Register your interest in the Bachelor of Health Sciences and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.