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E70 Bachelor of Health Science

Health and wellbeing are critical components of life. Health Science is the study of the physical, psychological, social, and environmental dimensions of health. There is a growing demand for health professionals who have the skills to promote and enhance health and wellness to minimise the impact of preventable health problems. The Bachelor of Health Science prepares students to become life-long learners who are able to make a positive contribution to enhancing the health of communities.


Health Science students graduate with the practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking, innovation and, cross-cultural and international awareness. Health science graduates are highly sought after and can choose a range of interesting and dynamic career pathways.


Employment opportunities exist within a range of workplaces. For example past graduates have been employed in the following places: aged care facilities and hospitals, rural and regional settings, asthma/diabetes/cancer/injury prevention councils, heart foundations, family planning associations, alcohol and other drug agencies, community development and local government organisations, disability services, justice and correctional agencies, research institutes, international aid organisations, and mental health support agencies.


The Bachelor of Health Science course is flexible in both content and options for study. Health students can major in one of the following disciplines: Addiction Studies; Biomedical Science; Health Promotion; Nutrition, or Occupational Safety and Health. A double major in Addiction Studies and Youth Work is also available. 


Standard University entry requirements apply.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following modes of delivery - On-campus, and Online.

The course comprises 360 credit points (24 units). 

Students completing the Addiction Studies major are required to complete four core units, eight major units, six minor units and six electives.

Health Promotion, Nutrition and Occupational Safety and Health majors are required to complete four core units, ten major units, six minor units and four elective units. 

Students completing the Biomedical Science major are required to complete four core units, 13 major units, six minor units and one elective unit.


Students completing a Double Major in Addiction Studies and Youth Work are required to complete the 12 units from the Addiction Studies major and the 12 Youth Work units.


Structures for each of the specialist majors, where students choose a minor and electives are listed below.


Alternatively, a Supporting Major or Double Major is possible in some fields.  Students completing a Supporting Major, select ten units, or eight units plus two electives, from a second area of study in addition to the first Major.  If a Supporting Major is chosen, its units should be substituted for the minor and elective units.

The foundation of the course is centered on public health research. These four units are compulsory for all majors.
HST1109 Epidemiology 15
HST2122 Health Research Methodology 15
MAT1114 Introductory Statistics 15
HST3501 Health Research Project 15
MAADDAddiction Studies Major
DMAAAEAddiction Studies and Youth Work Double Major
MABIOMBiomedical Science Major
MAHPHealth Promotion Major
MAAABBOccupational Safety and Health Major
MAAAGGHealth Promotion and Addiction Studies Major
MAAAGHOccupational Safety and Health Major
MAAAGUNutrition Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2010 VET: 31/03/2010