This degree combines study with hands-on experience and allows you to specialise in one or two specialisations in health. With opportunities to specialise in the areas of health promotion, health services management, therapeutic recreation and public health. The program is designed to give you the skills you need to work with clients and develop great services which promote health and well-being.
Please note: Sydney City start times are March, July and November 2020.
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Advance human health
The Bachelor of Health Science gives you practical, hands-on experience in the field of health science. With the flexibility to switch between specialisations at the end of your first year. Studying health science is also an ideal pathway to a range of other health degrees through Western’s internal course transfer. As part of the program, you will gain real-world experience through work placements in a diverse range of health settings, allowing you to increase your expertise and employability. Get ready to make the world a better place. At Western.
Study Public Health online
Be in control of your degree. Study in an environment that suits your needs at your own pace with Public Health also offered online.
Health Services Management specialisation
Health Services Management graduates are eligible for membership of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
Therapeutic Recreation specialisation
Therapeutic Recreation graduates are eligible for membership of Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia.
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
Learn how to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Contribute to the organisation, development and management of healthcare services.
Discover the link between recreation and improved quality of life. Make the world a better place.
Find out how social, physical and environmental factors affect health. Shape a better tomorrow.
The Public Health specialisation is offered in online mode and is also available to Campbelltown students in online mode.
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At Western, we recognise that you are much more than your ATAR. Our unique Early Offer Program - HSC True Reward, focuses on your HSC subject results that reflect your strongest skills and relevant to the degree you want to do.
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Specialise in Health Promotion, Health Service Management or Therapeutic Recreation and get at least 240 hours of workplace learning. If you specialise in Public Health, you gain access to online ‘virtual’ placements.
Students studying Health Science have a range of opportunities to further their studies and gain valuable experience by studying abroad. To find out more head to our Go Global page.
As a graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Health Promotion:
Health planning officer;
Population health officer;
Community engagement and events coordinator.
- Health Services Management:
Divisional health service manager.
- Public Health:
Public health officer;
Community engagement coordinator.
- Therapeutic Recreation:
Health Promotion Research Officer
A research officer develops health promotion research; ensuring ethical standards are upheld within research; the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the effectiveness of an program; and the dissemination of findings to the general public and professional audiences.
Health Promotion Officer
Health Promotion Officers identify and address priority health and wellbeing issues and deliver population health interventions. They develop and implement health promotion programs and evaluate their effectiveness.
Quality Improvement Officer
Quality Improvement Officers can be involved in the strategic planning and supervision of quality and safety activities at major metropolitan hospitals or for an area health service.
Project Officers work specifically on designated health related projects. Their tasks involve the conceptualisation, design, implementation and evaluation of the project. They can also be involved in evaluating and formulating operational improvements for a health district.
Practice Managers coordinate and manage the day to day operations of a health care practice (such as a community or medical).
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators increase knowledge and awareness of positive health behaviours within the population through primary prevention information.
A Diversional Therapist works with people of all ages and abilities. They design and facilitate individualised recreation and leisure programs that support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals.
Recreation Officers develop, support and coordinate sport and recreation programs and services for the benefit of communities.
Health Science as a pathway
This course may also be used as a pathway to selected courses via internal university course transfer. Using Health Science as a pathway is competitive and does not guarantee you will be accepted into the desired pathway.
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Pathology
- Podiatric Medicine
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Sport Development
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.