Bachelor of Health Sciences – descriptions

Pass table

View semester session codes here.

Course BPHEASCI-02: Pass course; full-time, 3 years
Students must complete the following units of study for the award of the Bachelor of Health Sciences:
Three core BHlthSci Junior units of study:
HSBH1006 Foundations of Health Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lee-Fay Low Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week and eLearning online learning support. Assessment: Tutorial attendance and presentation (25%), essay (25%) and 2hr final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This is an introductory unit for students entering the health sciences. The unit will provide students with knowledge and understanding of key approaches to health and illness, patterns of health and disease at a national and international level, and how we measure health status in an individual, a community and a nation. Students will gain an understanding of who provides health care at the professional, community and family level, and the roles taken up by non-professionals in advocating for change through health-focused consumer and community-based support groups. Students will develop a range of core skills and competencies needed in the study and practice of health sciences and as a basis for working in health-related areas or for postgraduate study.
HSBH1008 Health Determinants and Interventions

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: Tutorial attendance and presentation (25%), essay (25%), 2hr final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will introduce students to the main social and economic factors associated with patterns of health in Australia and a global context and will explore the social, cultural and environmental processes involved in determining the similarities and disparities in the health of populations and peoples, drawing primarily on sociological approaches. Students will be introduced to a repertoire of key concepts for understanding these processes including class, gender, occupation, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, inequality, globalisation, and the role of governments. Initiatives to promote preventable hospitalisation and increased health and wellbeing within and across population groups will be examined, particularly those proposed by the WHO¿s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
HSBH1009 Health Care Resources and Systems

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Stephanie Short Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: online quizzes (30%), team project (30%) and final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit of study comprises three modules: Health care systems - provides foundational knowledge about the Australian health care system in an international context. Approaches to health policy - introduces students to the key approaches and concepts in health policy analysis and applies them to contemporary challenges in Australian health policy. Key challenges in health care resources and systems - outlines key challenges for analysis.
Textbooks
Palmer, G. R., & Short, S. D. (2014). Health care and public policy: An Australian analysis (5th ed.). Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan
The core Biology and Psychology units of study:
PSYC1001 Psychology 1001

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Caleb Owens Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week, plus 1 hour per week of additional web-based (self-paced) material related to the tutorial. Assessment: One 2.5hr exam, one 1000w essay, multiple tutorial tests, experimental participation (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Psychology 1001 is a general introduction to the main topics and methods of psychology, and is the basis for advanced work as well as being of use to those not proceeding with the subject. Psychology 1001 covers the following areas: science and statistics in psychology; behavioural neuroscience; applied psychology; social psychology; personality theory; human development.
This unit is also offered in the Sydney Summer School. For more information consult the website:
http://sydney.edu.au/summer_school/
Textbooks
Course Coordinator will advise
or
PSYC1002 Psychology 1002

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Caleb Owens Session: Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week, plus 1 hour per week of additional web-based (self-paced) material related to the tutorial. Assessment: One 2.5 hour exam, one 1250 word research report, multiple tutorial tests, experimental participation (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Psychology 1002 is a further general introduction to the main topics and methods of psychology, and it is the basis for advanced work as well as being of use to those not proceeding with the subject. Psychology 1002 covers the following areas: human mental abilities; learning, motivation and emotion; visual perception; cognitive processes; abnormal psychology.
This unit is also offered in the Sydney Summer School. For more information consult the web site:
http://sydney.edu.au/summer_school/
Textbooks
Course Coordinator will advise
Any Junior Biology unit of study [6] selected from the Faculty of Science, table 1: Biology, link available at top of this table.
One core BHlthSci Intermediate unit of study [6]
HSBH2007 Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1006, HSBH1008, HSBH1009 Prohibitions: HSBH1007 or BACH2140 Assessment: Written group assignment (30%), written individual assignment (20%), 1x2-hr exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit of study introduces students to the design and evaluation of research questions relating to health. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research methods, students will be introduced to key concepts relating to methodology; research design and research method.
At least three of the following BHlthSci Senior units of study:
HSBH3001 Health and Indigenous Populations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Vanessa Lee Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: (HSBH1006, HSBH1008 and HSBH1009) or (NURS1003) Assessment: On line quizzes (4x10%), report 1 500wd (30%), online discussion 1500wd (30%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The aim of this unit of study is to bridge the gap in understanding the post-colonial impact on the health of Indigenous Australians today. It explores how imposed policies have contributed to the disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians and how this has been perpetuated through the generations contributing to the high incidences of various health conditions. The unit of study will also provide students with avenues of Best Practice in closing the gap, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, for effective health service delivery.
HSBH3003 Health Service Strategy and Policy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1006, HSBH1008, HSBH1009 Assessment: On-line assessment of tutorial content (20%), 2000 word report (40%) and 1.5hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study offers students an insight into the larger picture of how a nation sets priorities for health services. The importance of evidence-based health policy development in planning health services will be highlighted. Strategies for increasing the cost-effectiveness of health services will be covered. Issues of communication and advocacy in health are portrayed. Students will gain skills in health service needs assessment, measuring cost-effectiveness, macroeconomic evaluation of health services and systems and health equity assessment. It is envisaged that students will develop a capacity to understand the concept of health policy and its relevance to the delivery of health care services and to take a problem-oriented approach to analysing and evaluating current policy provisions and strategies in the Australian context.
HSBH3004 Health, Ethics and the Law

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Smith-Merry Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1006, HSBH1008, HSBH1009 Assessment: Participation (10%), mid-semester exam (20%), research report (40%) and final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study focuses on ethics and law in relation to the Australian health system. Fundamental ethical principles applied to ethical issues in health and health research are covered. Medico-legal aspects of health and health services will be explored. Particular areas of focus include mental health, health complaints, reproductive technologies, the start and end of life, disability, public health and genetic technology. Students will develop their own ethical thinking and an understanding of professionally acceptable behaviours appropriate to practice in a wide range of health professions. Learning is interactive and scenarios are used to develop ethical thinking. Students get to write a research report on an ethical and legal issue of their choosing.
Textbooks
Kerridge, I., M. Lowe and C. Stewart (2013) Ethics and Law for the Health Professions. Leichardt: The Federation Press
HSBH3009 International Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hour lecture/week, 1x1-hr online tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1006, HSBH1008, HSBH1009 Prohibitions: BACH3128 Assessment: blog (30%),discussion (20%) and 2000wd report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines theoretical and practical issues confronting global health professionals, especially in low resource settings. The unit introduces students to: a) historical, political and economic forces that influence the health of populations around the world and contribute to international health inequities; and b) international health practices, including key actors and initiatives, as well as challenges and strategies for working in post-colonial and cross-cultural contexts. Examples of topics covered include health, poverty and inequality, globalisation and trade, foreign aid and development assistance. The unit also provides an introductory overview of contemporary international health challenges such as humanitarian crises and climate change. Students will undertake an in-depth study of a global health issue, exploring the context in which it emerged and the forces that propel it, and advocate for actions to improve the issue in a specific local context and population group.
HSBH3010 Health and Lifelong Disability

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Luis Salvador-Carulla Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr online tutorial/week. Prerequisites: HSBH1006, HSBH1008, HSBH1009 Assessment: On line participation (20%), essay 2000wd (35%) and individual case study (45%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study explores the roles and responsibilities of health professionals who work with children, adolescents and adults with lifelong disabilities, and their families. Using an inter-professional case-based curriculum, students will examine the nature of lifelong disability; factors which affect the participation of persons with lifelong disability in everyday life activities including education, leisure, and employment; and strategies for increasing their participation in these activities. Students will be supported to critique research literature, to examine the roles and responsibilities of allied health professionals in the context of working with persons with lifelong disability, and to develop practical strategies for interacting and working collaboratively and successfully with children, adolescents, and adults with lifelong disabilities, their families and fellow professionals. It is expected that through a combination of face-to-face teaching and online learning activities, this unit will assist students in preparing to work with individuals with lifelong disabilities in a range of workplace settings.
HSBH3011 Rural Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Sheila Keane Session: Semester 1 Classes: Distance education mode, web-based learning: Week 1 lecture (2hrs) and Week 7 workshop (3hrs) on campus with mandatory attendance. All other materials asynchronous online. Prerequisites: HSBH1006, HSBH1008, HSBH1009 Assessment: Participation (online activities, attendance at timetabled lectures) (25%), group paper (30%), individual case study assignment (45%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit introduces students to issues in rural health care. Topics covered include: the nature and varieties of rural settings and related social determinants of health; working at a distance; rural health status and access to services; population health perspectives; rural health promotion, injury prevention and education; settlement and health care for refugees; Indigenous health services; cultural safety; health service delivery models in rural settings; rural health workforce; tele-health; and inter-professional practice.
HSBH3012 FHS Abroad

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Elaine Ryan, Dr Charlotte Scarf Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Full-day briefing session, half-day debriefing session. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 1st year units in an undergraduate FHS degree Assessment: Pre-departure research (30%), field diary (20%), report (40%) and presentation (10%). Practical field work: 4-6 weeks working with a community-based organisation in a developing country. Mode of delivery: Field experience
Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a health services setting in a developing country. Students will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in South or Southeast Asia. Countries where students can be placed include Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Nepal. As part of the unit, you will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community that you are visiting, and document and reflect on key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require you to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and an ability to adapt to new environments, a capacity for critical reflection and awareness of complex global health and development issues.
HSBH3015 Mental Health Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lynda Matthews Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Prerequisites: (HSBH1006, (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007), HSBH1008, HSBH1009) or (48 credit points of previous study with a miminum of 24 from Intermediate units of study). Prohibitions: OCCP2084 Assessment: 2x online tests (40%) ,1x2000wd essay (50%) and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Students must have completed at least 48 credit points to enrol in this UoS
Poor mental health poses a major challenge to our society, and health care professionals, among others, are charged with 'making a difference'. To do so, they need to be equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge of effective mental health approaches and interventions. This unit will overview major mental health conditions and significant social, philosophical, and historical influences on health care service delivery and reform to provide a context for contemporary rehabilitation practice. Students will be introduced to the goals, values and guiding principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and to practices that aim to address the culture of stigma and low expectations by society of people with mental health conditions. Rehabilitation interventions that have demonstrated efficacy in promoting recovery by reducing obstacles to participation for people with mental health conditions will be examined. Local and international research underpinning best practice in rehabilitation management and service delivery will be reviewed and consumer perspectives and experiences explored.
REHB3064 Alcohol and Drug Misuse Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rodd Rothwell Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Prerequisites: (HSBH1006, (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007), HSBH1008, HSBH1009) or 48 credit points of previous study. Prohibitions: REHB3061 Assessment: Short answer test (20%), Essay 2500 words (40%), 2 x online MCQ tests (40%) Mode of delivery: Distance education
Note: Students must have completed 48 credit points to enrol in this unit
This unit introduces students to issues relating to a major public health problem: the misuse of alcohol and other addictive drugs. The unit introduces students to two major aspects of this area: issues relating to the development of health prevention/health promotion policy, covering the philosophies of harm minimisation and zero tolerance; approaches to rehabilitation and treatment of those overusing both alcohol and other drugs. The unit commences with an analysis of public health policy approaches to the rehabilitation and treatment of people overusing alcohol and other harmful drugs. Students will be required to undertake an exercise involving an analysis of the effectiveness of the two major policy approaches to the problem of drug overuse and abuse: harm reduction and zero tolerance. They will be required to examine the evidence supporting these two approaches to public health policy. In the second part of the unit students will study the major therapeutic approaches to treatment and rehabilitation. This will include familiarisation with Alcoholics Anonymous, clinically based approaches including transactional analysis and other group therapy oriented approaches, the various behavioural therapies, therapeutic communities, methadone maintenance, needle exchange and recent trails in safe injection facilities. They will become familiar with the nature of services offered, the role of the various health professionals in these services and the nature of effective treatment and rehabilitation outcomes.
At least one of the following BHlthSci Senior Research units of study:
BHSC3014 Writing a Research Proposal

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or BACH2140 or HSBH2007 Assessment: Project plan (20%), oral presentation (20%), research proposal (60%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
This unit is designed to assist students understand the principles of writing a research proposal, applicable for either project planning or evaluation within health or for further research (eg Honours). Students will be introduced to the key components of preparing and writing up a proposal: purpose of the research and question(s) to be addressed; reviewing existing literature on the topic; deciding on a research methodology and methods used to collect data; proposing an approach for data analysis; identifying ethical issues and working through the process of applying for ethics approval; providing a clear plan and timeline for each stage of the research. At the completion of this unit, students will have planned, orally presented and written up a research proposal. This unit of study is recommended for students who wish to undertake Honours after completion of the pass degree.
HSBH3005 Evidence Based Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lee-Fay Low Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1006, (HSBH1007 OR HSBH2007), HSBH1008, HSBH1009 Assessment: online and tutorial activities (40%) and 2500 word critical appraisal (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Evidence-based health care is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individuals or the delivery of health services. This unit will introduce you to evidence based health care by developing your understanding of knowledge and evidence, and critical appraisal skills to inform your decision making in health care policy and practice.
HSBH3018 Quantitative Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tatjana Seizova-Cajic, Dr Mary Lam Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hrl ecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial or laboratory session/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Prohibitions: SCLG3603, PSYC2012 Assessment: Class and online participation (10%), in-class quiz (20%), 800wd report (20%) and end semester exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Bachelor of Health Sciences students must have completed 24 credit points of HSBH junior units for enrolment into this unit. All other students must have completed 48 credit points.
This unit teaches about the research process from development of a research question to study design, quantitative data analysis, and interpretation of outcomes in the context of theory and practical applications. You will learn about concepts and logic that apply to quantitative research in general with an emphasis on issues and types of studies most relevant in health research. As either an individual or group exercise, you will perform most aspects of the research process using examples given to you or created by you, and will receive comprehensive feedback along the way. The unit will prepare you to critically evaluate research findings in your future career, and to engage in further research training should you wish to do so. Skills you are expected to develop include succinct academic writing, simple data analysis using SPSS, and developing ideas in the context of teamwork.
Textbooks
Portney, L.G & Watkins,M.P.: Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3rd edition, 2009
HSBH3019 Qualitative Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Smith-Merry Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Prohibitions: SCLG2602, BACH4056 Assessment: 1000wd research report (30%),1000wd research report (30%) and end semester exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study has three aims: First, to build on core units of study offered in Year One and Year Two to provide critical appraisal skills in reading and utilising qualitative research related to health behaviour and health care. Second, to understand the theoretical orientation of contemporary qualitative health research methods. Third, to develop skills in undertaking qualitative research methods. With a focus on applying critical and theoretical knowledge, the unit has a practical orientation and students will gain experience in techniques of observation, document analysis, in-depth interviewing and focus group interviews.
Units of study required for the second major (see note 1)
Elective units of study (see note 2)
Notes
1. The number of credit points required to satisfy the requirements for the second major varies with each major.
2. Along with satisfying the double major requirements, students must complete enough electives to achieve 144 credit points for the award of the degree. Electives may be chosen from units of study available throughout the University, subject to approval, availability and minimum enrolment.
3. Students commencing prior to 2014, may also select from the BHlthSc Senior Research units of study as part of their BHlthSc Senior units of study requirements.

Honours table

View semester session codes here.

Course BHHEASCH-02: Honours program; full-time, 4 years

Years 1 to 3

As per Pass course
Notes
1. Honours is undertaken as an additional fourth year of study.
2. Electives may be chosen from electives available throughout the University, subject to approval, availability and minimum enrolment. A list of electives available in the Faculty of Health Sciences is included in the Faculty Electives chapter of the handbook.

Year 4

Semester 1
BHSC4005 Honours Thesis A

Credit points: 24 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 12-hrs seminars/tutorials per week, Wk 1-13. Supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (variable) Assessment: Research design assessments 2000wd (or equivalent) (20%); Research proposal 3000wds (30%); Literature review 4000wds (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit constitutes 40% of the final Honours grade.
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area within the Faculty. Each student will contribute to designing and/or implementing an approved research project and submit a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research thesis, the student will work closely with academic staff, normally 2 co-supervisors, who will supervise their research activities. Students will meet regularly with their supervisors; attend seminars and workshops that contribute to the research process and their thesis.

Students will attend classes on research methods and statistics, ethics, writing a literature review, and presentation skills. Additionally students should expect to engage with their supervisor(s) on a regular basis for iIndividual academic/research supervision.
Textbooks
A list of required and recommended textbooks will be available at the beginning of semester.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
BHSC4006 Honours Thesis B

Credit points: 24 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Seminars and tutorials: 24-hrs, irregularly throughout the semester. Supervisory meetings: normally 1-hr/week (varies) Prerequisites: BHSC4005 Assessment: Journal manuscript and detailed methods chapter (minimum 3000 words) (80%); Oral presentation (20 mins) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit constitutes 60% of the final Honours mark.
Honours students undertake a supervised research project in a health discipline area within the Faculty. Each student will contribute to designing and/or implementing an approved research project and submit a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research thesis, the student will work closely with academic staff, normally 2 co-supervisors, who will supervise their research activities. Students will meet regularly with their supervisors; attend seminars and workshops that contribute to the research process and their thesis. During this semester the student will work closely with their supervisor to carry out, analyse and synthesise their results. Each student will submit a thesis describing the project and its implications comprised of their literature review, their research proposal, their journal manuscript and associated methods chapter, their final oral slides and their response to the questions. Students will meet regularly with their supervisors; attend seminars and workshops that contribute to the research process and their thesis.
Textbooks
A list of recommended or required texts will be provided at the beginning of semester
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS