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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 and major requirements are listed in the Health unit of study table.

Contact and further information

T 1800 793 864

Dr Rowena Forsyth

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.