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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Health Sciences

A rewarding career in a health-related field gives you the chance to reduce health disparity and help people – whether in Australia or overseas – to lead fuller, healthier, and happier lives. As a Bachelor of Health Sciences graduate, you can be confident you will acquire a solid grounding in multiple fields of health sciences, and be prepared for a successful career in the fastest-growing employment sector in Australia.

Become a specialist in two major areas, and choose elective units to broaden your skillset further. Depending on your first two selections, you can also consider a third major area of study. Combining your interests with multiple majors can increase your competitiveness for a variety of health roles and can open the door to further study. Workplace learning opportunities are also on offer, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge in a real-world context while building your own professional networks in the health sector.

After a flexible course that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of people in local and global communities?

If you want to work in the health and human services sector tackling the big issues in health, our degree gives you the opportunity to learn from leaders in their field and build genuine industry connections. You’ll get the chance to explore and combine your specific interests while gaining unique expertise relevant to contemporary issues in health.

Choose from 12 diverse and stimulating majors that will equip you with a sought-after and transferable skill set to launch a successful career in the booming health industry. Major study areas include:

  • disability and inclusion
  • environmental health
  • exercise science
  • family, society, and health
  • food studies
  • health promotion
  • health and sustainability
  • medical biotechnology
  • nutrition
  • physical activity and health
  • psychological science
  • psychology for professional development.

Work-integrated learning is incorporated within this course, allowing students the opportunity to engage with industry and complete a range of authentic tasks. A core unit at third-year level, based on inter-professional learning (IPL), provides students the opportunity to draw together their cross-disciplinary learning to demonstrate the knowledge and the skills they have acquired throughout the course and apply them to real-world issues. HSH324 Integrated Learning for Practice involves interdisciplinary teams working to develop responses to real-world problems for presentation to a professional audience.

Students have the option to complete a 120-hour field education placement unit (HSH303 Health Practicum) that provides you with an opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to a practical setting, where you can further your learning through real field experience. This placement enables you to consolidate your skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which assists you to be work-ready after graduation.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

At Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you are surrounded by expansive grounds and impressive new buildings. It offers state-of-the-art engineering, medical and sport facilities, as well as some of the most advanced research spaces in the world. The campus also features incredible sporting facilities, including Deakin’s Elite Sport Precinct, which includes an Australian rules football oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, athletics track, basketball courts, and more.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

This flexible degree allows you to combine study areas that you are passionate about, and benefit from workplace learning to become a specialist in the booming health sector.

Depending on your majors, your health sciences degree can prepare you for work in the following roles and fields:

  • case manager
  • disability inclusion worker
  • family/community/refugee/indigenous project officer
  • environmental and sustainability officer
  • policy adviser
  • exercise specialist
  • food and nutrition policy developer
  • food scientist
  • health educator or counselor
  • health and sports marketer or PR officer
  • health policy development
  • health promotion and communication officer
  • International aid worker
  • lifestyle and wellness professional
  • medical biotechnology researcher
  • nutrition and health promotion coordinator
  • regional health service planner.

The health and human services sector is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in Australia and the world. With aging populations and public health issues, such as obesity and chronic illness on the rise, and with governments around the world increasing emphasis on disease prevention, as well as treatment, employability in the sector is strong and continually increasing.

In Australia, the health and human services sector is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth by 16.1% over the five years to May 2022.*

You may choose to begin your studies with a Bachelor of Health Sciences to get a solid grounding in health sciences and explore your interest areas, then follow a pathway into psychology, nutrition, public health, or nursing. This will allow you to pursue further career opportunities in specialist fields.

PSW Opportunity

  • Melbourne Campus - 2 years of Post Study Work Permit
  • Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.