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K97 Bachelor of Health Science

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 course prepares students to be 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. They are highly sought after and can choose a range of interesting and dynamic career pathways. Employment opportunities exist within a range of workplaces including 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. Students undertaking this degree can major in one of the following disciplines: Addiction Studies, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Environmental Health, or Occupational Safety and Health. A double major in Addiction Studies and Youth Work is also available. 

One or more of these majors/Unit sets is externally recognised. Refer to the Major/Unit set description for details
Standard University entry requirements apply. Special admission requirements are outlined below.

To be able to complete this course, students require internet access.

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 Bachelor of Health Science course comprises 360 credit points (24 units). While all students are required to complete core units and and a major unit set, the balance between the number of core and major units will vary depending upon which major unit set is studied.  For example, students completing the Addiction Studies; Health Promotion; or Occupational Health and Safety major are required to complete 14 core units, eight major units, and two electives.  Students completing the Environmental Health major are required to complete nine core units and 15 Environmental Health major units.  Students completing the double major in Addiction Studies and Youth Work are required to complete 12 Addiction Studies units and 12 Youth Work units. To specialise in nutrition students select either the 16-unit or the 8-unit Nutrition major. Students who wish to work as a corporate or community nutritionist must select the 16-unit Nutrition major.  Likewise, students who wish to apply for entry into postgraduate nutrition and dietetics courses must select the 16-unit Nutrition major. The specific units required to complete each of the specialist majors, are listed below.

The core units in the Bachelor of Health Science are centered on population health research and practice.

HST1111 Population Health 15
HST1121 Personal Health 15
SCH1143 Systems Physiology 15
NUT1112 Nutrition and Public Health 15
HST1122 Health in Society 15
HST1152 Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety 15
ADS1151 Addiction Studies: Fundamental Concepts 15
HST1109 Epidemiology 15
MAT1114 Introductory Statistics 15
HST2220 Health Promotion Planning and Administration 15
HST2122 Health Research Methodology 15
IAS3100 Indigenous Health 15
HST3501 Health Research Project 15
HST3502 Health Sciences Professional Practices 15
MAAAHUAddiction Studies Major
DMAAAHAddiction Studies and Youth Work Double Major
MAAAHVHealth Promotion Major
MAAAHWOccupational Safety and Health Major
MAAAHXNutrition Major
MABUSJNutrition Major
MABUSXEnvironmental Health Major
MIAADTAddiction Studies Minor
MIAAFCHealth Promotion Minor
MIAADNOccupational Safety and Health Minor
MIAAECNutrition Minor
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013