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Study in the Health stream and major is offered by the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Units of study are interdisciplinary and offered at the standard level.

About the stream

A stream in Health will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of health and health systems at the local, national, and global levels. Through our active, real-world learning approaches, your ability to navigate the complexity of health in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts will be nurtured and refined. You will develop core skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and empathy. The major provides you with a strong foundation in health and healthcare, while giving you the flexibility for in-depth study in particular areas of health of interest to you.

Requirements for completion

The Health stream requires 60 credit points, consisting of:

(i) 6 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective units
(iii) A 48 credit point major in Health

A major in Health requires 48 credit points, consisting of:

(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level research units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level interdisciplinary project units
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level disciplinary project units
(vi) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units

First year

Core to Major: HSBH1012 and HSBH1013
Core to Stream: PSYC1002 and 6 credit points from a selection of: BIOL1XX6, BIOL1XX7, BIOL1XX8

Second year

Core: HSBH2007 and HSBH2009

In second year, we build on your understanding of health, the healthcare systems in Australia and abroad, and the people in health. These units introduce you to health research and eHealth innovations. You will have more in-depth discussions and case studies around knowledge creation in health, and how technology impacts our health, and can be used to enhance health. This understanding will support you in being effective in the eHealth-enabled healthcare environment that you will be working in.

Third year

Students must select 6 credit points of 3000-level research units, 6 credit points of 3000-level interdisciplinary project units, 6 credit points of 3000-level disciplinary project units and 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units. Details of selectives available can be found in the unit of study tables for the Health major

These third year units are designed to provide you with the flexibility to choose to study the areas of health that interest you in greater depth. In your third year you must take four 3000-level units consisting of at least one senior research unit, one unit with a disciplinary project, and one unit with an interdisciplinary unit.

Fourth year

The fourth year is only offered within the combined Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies course.

Advanced coursework
The Bachelor of Advanced Studies advanced coursework option consists of 48 credit points, which must include a minimum of 24 credit points in a single subject area at 4000-level, including a project unit of study worth at least 12 credit points. Space is provided for 12 credit points towards the second major (if not already completed). 24 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2020.

Requirements for Honours in the area of Health: completion of 36 credit points of project work and 12 credit points of coursework.

Honours units of study will be available in 2020.

Contact and further information

T 1800 793 864

Dr Melanie Keep

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Health will be able to:

  1. Develop evidence-based, ethical and innovative solutions to health problems at the individual, national and global scales that are sensitive to the specific needs, perspectives and worldview of that individual or community.
  2. Advocate for improvements in health through synthesis of evidence, critical reflection and analysis, and awareness of the sociocultural factors which affect health decisions.
  3. Enhance our current understanding of health and health systems through research and enquiry.
  4. Communicate effectively with and to others from different backgrounds and at different life stages using a variety of tools, media and strategies appropriate to that audience.
  5. Work collaboratively and effectively in interdisciplinary teams
  6. Act ethically and with cultural sensitivity in their interactions with others and approaches to designing, implementing and evaluating health solutions.