Bachelor of Health Sciences

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences has been designed by leading health experts with input from industry and employers who are calling out for graduates with a broad range of skills and understanding of health.

Students complete two majors in this three-year degree. In the Health Sciences major, students learn the latest in health, including multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches to the design and delivery of health services. Students look at the political, social, behavioural, environmental, economic and international contexts of health systems and delivery of health services and how these impact on individual and community access to healthcare and their health.

A choice of ten second majors enables students to complement their knowledge of health with a range of professional fields relevant to healthcare, the many sectors supporting the healthcare system and industries beyond.

You will gain high level analytical, critical thinking, communication and research skills. Coupled with your knowledge of health at local and international levels, e-health and leadership, you will be ready to contribute to a sector which is changing and adapting to new and emerging health conditions and illnesses and technological advances.

Graduates can expect to move directly into the health sector, including public, private and non-government organisations in health promotion, policy-making, project and case management, logistics and procurement, or work in insurance, business development, marketing and public relations and more.

You can choose to undertake an additional two-year master’s degree to become a clinical practitioner, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation counselling, diagnostic radiography or speech pathology. There are many other study opportunities to further your career, such as disability, public health, international public health, medicine, research, administration or law.

Honours is an additional year of study, allowing you to specialise in an area of health that interests you, developing your research skills and increasing your employment prospects.

**All students in the first year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences study at Camperdown Campus. In 2018 the Faculty of Health Sciences is expected to be relocated to a new health-dedicated facility on the Camperdown Campus of the University of Sydney.**

Course outline

http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/health_sci/undergraduate/b_health_sciences_unit_of_study_table.shtml 

Study plan

Candidates complete 24 credit points (cp) in health sciences in first year, introducing the foundations of the discipline, approaches to research, health determinants and interventions, and health care resources and systems. As first year requires the completion of 48cp in total, candidates also complete core junior units of study in biology and psychology (minimum 6cp in each subject area) and 12cp from another subject area which will provide the prerequisites to commence a second major. Second year also comprises 48cp and candidates normally build on their health sciences foundation year while also exploring intermediate studies in their second major. Over second and third years, candidates are required to complete at least 24cp from a sequence of senior units of study in health sciences which include health and Indigenous populations, health service strategy and policy, health, ethics and the law, and evidence-based health care. Subject to meeting progression requirements, candidates admitted to the honours year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences complete a research proposal (6cp) in semester 2 of their third year of study.

Majors

Further course information

Progression rules

A major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences requires the completion of 24 credit points (cp) of junior core units of study in the health sciences, a core psychology unit of study (6cp), a core biology unit of study (6cp), and 24cp chosen from senior units of study listed in the health sciences table for that major. Progression to senior units of study is subject to the satisfactory completion of all prerequisite junior units of study. A second major may be undertaken in health sciences or in a related discipline or subject area offered by another faculty. candidates complete these majors according to the progression of the faculty or discipline concerned.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The direction of health care is changing. Increasing demand for cutting-edge health services has created employment opportunities within the private and public health sectors. This environment requires a broader perspective of health in order to align teams of different health professionals within various health contexts. The professionals who do this must have sound project management skills and the ability to coordinate health programs. They must be able to critically evaluate from an overarching viewpoint, and be without preconceived biases from any particular health profession. They must also have standard business skills like financial management to be able to cost various treatments and manage budgets. These types of professionals occupy corporate roles in health, disability and rehabilitation and the Bachelor of Health Sciences equips graduates with the skills needed to get there.

Like broader arts and science degrees, professions leading from the Bachelor of Health Sciences cannot always be specifically defined. They often cross industries and departments and are not limited to any particular profession. A Bachelor of Health Sciences could lead to a multitude of careers. For further information visit:

Corporate roles in health

About honours

The Honours program allows you to specialise in a niche area of personal interest, develops your research skills and increases your employment prospects. Admission is competitive, and students who are offered a place in the honours program must have demonstrated consistent, high level performance throughout their studies; be eligible for the award of a pass degree and be judged to have the aptitude to conduct a research project.

Here is just a small number of potential honours projects you could work on:

• Friction and strength: Investigation of the grip performance of
rock climbers
• Can you learn pathology in less than a second?
• Community attitudes towards older people
• Breast screening practices among South East Asian women
living in Sydney
• Injury prevalence and characteristics in elite junior rugby
league players
• Energy drink and alcohol consumption in Australia
• Risk status and resilience in families with parents with
intellectual disability
• Life history and health
• Improving MRI according to human perception
http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/future_students/undergraduate/honours

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Assumed knowledge

None

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.