Duration:

3 years, or 2 years accelerated

CRICOS:

044779G

Course structure

This course requires successful completion of 240 credit points which includes: twelve compulsory units (core), six units taken as a Health Science key program, and six elective units which can be used towards a second specialisation (major) or can be chosen from any discipline available at Sydney City Campus.

Course overview

A Bachelor of Health Science from Western Sydney University opens up opportunities for work in many areas of the healthcare services industry. You will build a comprehensive foundation of health sciences knowledge and study one or two specialisations in Health Promotion, Health Services Management, Therapeutic Recreation or Public Health.

Recommended sequence

At Sydney City Campus, you can complete your three year bachelor’s degree in as little as two years and enter the workforce sooner. A bachelor’s degree usually consists of 24 units. With our flexible academic calendar, you can study 12 units in one year over three sessions. However, we recommend that you undertake a maximum of 3 units per session so that your study load is not too demanding. You will have less downtime between sessions so a lighter study load will help you to have a better chance at passing all of your units.

The units below are recommended for students starting their course in Session 1, 2018.


Health Promotion aims to develop and implement strategies that improve health and well-being. These are aimed at strengthening the capabilities of individuals and changing social, political, economic and environmental determinants of populations.

3 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health

2 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health
400863.2 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Work integrated learning

Students will undertake two 120 hour placements in Year 3.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the Health promotion specialisation include:

  • Health Policy Planning Officer
  • Health Promotion Research Project Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer/Population Health Officer
  • Community Engagement and Events Coordinator

3 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health

2 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health
400863.2 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Professional recognition

Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)

Work integrated learning

Students will undertake two 140 hour placements in Year 3.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Health Services Management specialisation, career opportunities include:

  • Quality Improvement Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Practice manager
  • Divisional Health Service Manager

The Public Health specialisation prepares you for roles that evaluate and improve population health, including the prevention and monitoring of disease, the design and implementation of health awareness campaigns, and finding health solutions for disadvantaged communities. Public Health professionals are required to assess and respond to emerging public health issues.

3 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health

2 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health
400863.2 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Industry engagement

As part of the Public Health specialisation, many units have an emphasis on practical application of theory. You will engage in workplace activities with a public health organisation by using prepared resources, online discussion and video-conferencing. You will undertake a real life health planning project on a current issue and you will also evaluate, develop and recommend public health policy or program change.

Career opportunities

Public Health graduates work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Health departments
  • Community organisations
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Centres for disease control
  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Clinical trials
  • Environmental and occupational health

Therapeutic Recreation is the link between leisure and health improvement, using recreation as a way to improve quality of life. Graduates may work in rehabilitation centres, psychiatric units, special schools, day care centres, aged care facilities, or in local government or community settings. You will develop the professional competencies required for high-quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams.

3 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health

2 year option units

Recommended Sequence
Session 1,
February 2018
400732.2 Communication in Health
400871.2 Professional Health Competencies
101614.3 Psychology and Health
400863.2 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Work integrated learning

Students will undertake 150 hours of placement in Year 2 and in Year 3.

Career opportunities

Therapeutic Recreation graduates can look forward to a career as one of the following:

  • Diversional Therapist
  • Recreation Officer
  • Leisure Therapist
  • Recreation Therapist

Professional recognition

Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia (DRTA)

Program convenor

If you have queries about the course or units, please contact:
Dr Andrey Zheluk a.zheluk@city.westernsydney.edu.au

Need help enrolling?

Call the Contact Service Centre: 1300 897 669