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B-HLTHSC

Health Sciences

Bachelor degree

Learn how social, economic and environmental factors affect people's health and wellbeing.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences)
  • Duration
    3 years full-time
  • Credit
    600
  • CRICOS
    003691K
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.

2022

Semester 2

On campus and online

2023

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2024

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

2025

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus and online

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Outline

If COVID-19 restrictions apply, we may need to make changes to units and/or delivery modes.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

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Our Early Offers Program is available for most Curtin courses, and will help you secure a place in your chosen course before you even receive your ATAR.
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This course is multidisciplinary, giving you a solid grounding in public health. You can use the degree to work in the area of public health or as a pathway into other health degrees such as speech pathology, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Public health practitioners work to achieve better health through the prevention of disease and disability. Rather than working with individual clients, public health practitioners work at the community or whole population level. They pay special attention to how social, economic and environmental factors affect health and wellbeing.

First year

This course is highly flexible, letting you select from a broad range of optional units which prepare you to transition into the health course of your choice. You can choose the units you need to meet the prerequisites for health courses including pharmacy, speech pathology, physiotherapy or occupational therapy.

Specialisations

Prior to the start of your second year of study, you'll have a choice of specialisation. Specialisations are a set of units designed to hone your knowledge and skills in a particular area.

Health Sciences specialisation

This specialisation lets you combine studies in public health disciplines including health promotion, epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental health, occupational health and safety, and global public health administration with a range of optional units. Career outcomes are diverse and you'll be able to tailor your learning to suit the healthcare career of your choice.

Health Data specialisation

In this specialisation, you'll learn how to analyse big data to reveal patterns and trends, and learn about data capture, cyber security, data visualisation and how artificial intelligence and machine learning are being used in health. You'll also grow your interpretive and decision-making skills and know how to present your results effectively to different audiences.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Flexible, well-rounded degree you can tailor to suit your specific interests in health sciences.
  • This course is an established pathway into other undergraduate and postgraduate degrees into other health sciences degrees.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

You can gain professional membership of the Public Health Association of Australia; and the Australasian Epidemiological Association.

Career information

Careers

  • Administrative officer
  • Community development officer
  • Data management officer
  • Policy officer
  • Project officer
  • Research officer

Industries

  • Health research
  • Local and state government
  • Non-government organisations

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge, understand its theoretical underpinnings and ways of thinking; extend the boundaries of knowledge through research
  • apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions
  • decide what information is needed and where it might be found using appropriate technologies; make valid judgements and synthesise information from a range of sources
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
  • use appropriate technologies recognising their advantages and limitations
  • use a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity; know how to continue to learn as a graduate
  • think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply international standards and practices within a discipline or professional area
  • respect individual human rights; recognise the importance of cultural diversity particularly the perspective of Indigenous Australians; value diversity of language
  • work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership, professional behaviour and ethical practices

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and at least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and at least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and at least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and at least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: B-HLTHSC
  • CRICOS code: 003691K
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022