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

About the stream

The Health stream 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, you will learn to navigate the complexity of health in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts. You will develop core skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and empathy. The Health stream and 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 experience units
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level disciplinary project units
(vi) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units
This major is only available as a Table A major to students enrolled in the Health stream, but is available as a Table S major to all other students.

First year

Core to Major: HSBH1012 Introduction to Health and Health Care and HSBH1013 Society and Health
Core to Stream: PSYC1002 Psychology 1002 and 6 credit points from a selection of: BIOL1XX6 Life and Evolution, BIOL1XX7 From Molecules to Ecosystems, BIOL1XX8 Human Biology

Our first year curriculum is designed to introduce you to the different ways in which people understand and study health and healthcare in Australia and globally. Through interactive learning experiences, you will learn about the healthcare system, how health funding works, and the complex relationships that influence health policy. You will learn from the experiences of guest speakers about the health workforce, both paid professionals working in multidisciplinary teams to advocates and activists, and carers. You will learn about the social determinants of health and how these interact with how we approach health at an individual and societal level. By the end of your first year, you will have core skills and knowledge to design innovative, evidence-based approaches to big picture health issues.

Second year

Core: HSBH2007 Research Methods in Health and HSBH2009 Innovations in eHealth

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.

By the time you enter third year, you will have an understanding of the breadth of health careers and studies, and the areas that you are most curious about. The range of third year units allow you choose the areas of health that you’re interested in, and study these in greater depth. The units will provide you with interdisciplinary experiences, project-based learning, and opportunities to engage in health research about aspects of health that fascinate you.

Fourth year

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

Advanced coursework
The Bachelor of Advanced Studies advanced coursework option consists of 48 credit points, with a minimum of 24 credit points at 4000-level or above. Of these 24 credit points, you must complete a project unit of study worth at least 12 credit points.

Meritorious students may apply for admission to Honours within a subject area of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Admission to Honours requires the prior completion of all requirements of the Bachelor's degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units. If you are considering applying for admission to Honours, ensure your degree planning takes into account the completion of a second major and all OLE requirements prior to Honours commencement.

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

Contact and further information

T 1800 793 864

Dr Melanie Keep

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Health will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge in health research methods and examine current trends in health research.
  2. Work collaboratively and effectively in interdisciplinary and/or multicultural teams.
  3. Advance knowledge of health and health systems through research and critical enquiry.
  4. Communicate concepts and findings in health research effectively and sensitively with individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds and reflect critically on this process.
  5. Apply knowledge of regulatory frameworks and ethical principles relevant to health in effective, responsible and safe research practice.
  6. Design evidence-based, ethical and innovative approaches to health at the individual, national and global levels that are sensitive to the needs, perspectives and experiences of individuals and communities.
  7. Work with integrity, accountability and social responsibility in professional and community settings.
  8. Act ethically and with cultural sensitivity in their interactions with others and approaches to designing, implementing and evaluating health solutions.
  9. Advocate for health equity through synthesis of evidence, critical reflection and analysis, and awareness of the sociocultural and political factors that affect health decisions.