Bachelor of Health Sciences - SH5

Health Sciences

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On Offer Yes
Award Bachelor of Health Sciences
Accepting Applications Applications for Semester 2 are now being accepted.
Program Coordinator Dr. Charlynn Miller
Contact Hours (per week) 16-20 hours per week
Classes Held

Higher Education students can expect the majority of classes to fall any time between 8:30am and 6:30pm, Monday to Friday. The timetable for Higher Education programs will be finalised when offers are made. Some classes will be delivered online, without face-to-face contact.

Commences Semesters 1 and 2
Program Outline

You're interested in health but not sure if you want to be a doctor, dietitian or nurse. You like the idea of working in health promotion and community health. You want a degree with the flexibility to choose the subjects you like while keeping your options open. In this degree, you have elective subjects that let you study a range of health areas, as well as subjects from other FedUni faculties. And once you graduate, you'll be prepared for entry into postgraduate degrees like medicine, allied health and dietetics should you choose.

You'll learn about the public health challenges facing our society today, how to influence health factors and thebest techniques to improve health and wellbeing You will focus on promoting the principals of health to communities, developing policies for healthy living and providing advice for health regulations. You'll also learn the psychological, ethical and legal aspects of health to set you up for your future career. You'll focus on your favourite health sciences subject, choosing from e-health and informatics, leading and managing health services, psychology and sport and exercise science.

Your choices are almost endless when it comes to electives, with options from any of FedUni's degrees. You may like to study business, digital media or Japanese. Or you may choose to learn about another area from our health sciences faculty.

Join FedUni graduates who are working around the world in the health sector in areas like health policy development, food science and occupational therapy. This flexible and multidisciplinary degree aims to develop you with the knowledge, skills and ethics to be an innovative and holistic professional within the health sciences sector. It will give you the opportunity to choose what you want to study, to best suit your interests and career goals.

The flexibility provided by the sequencing of core and elective subjects in health sciences, as well as the opportunities provided via the range of major stream of study, will equip you with an in-depth understanding which will promote innovation in addressing the needs of the Australian and international health sector. This qualification also offers preparation for postgraduate clinical degrees in medicine, allied health, dietetics and other health disciplines.

Major studies: Biomedical Science, e-Health and Informatics, Leading and Managing Health Services, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science

Career Opportunities

You will be prepared for a range of career pathways in an array of health areas including, but not limited to:

  • Health promotion
  • Community health
  • Allied health industries
  • Health and sport
  • Health policy development
  • Psychology (recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council [APAC])
  • Biomedical Science
  • Research

The program may also offer preparation for postgraduate clinical programs in:
• Medicine
• Allied health
• Dietetics
• Other health disciplines

Program Rules and Requirements

The qualification comprises 360 points including seven core courses and a major stream study chosen from Biomedical science, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science; Leading and Managing Health Services, E-Health and Informatics or a generic stream. Some stream offerings are only available at specific campuses. The major streams are comprised of 11 courses (165 credit points) and contain a minimum of four advanced level courses.

There are up to 6 elective courses, at least 3 of which must be at an advanced level. The inclusion of electives allows you to branch out into a variety of other health sciences study areas, or gives you the opportunity to study courses from other areas at Federation University Australia, including business, arts and humanities, science, IT. One elective course must be at an advanced level. The Psychology major stream also includes a further three Psychology electives.

Duration (EFTSL) 3.0

Program Content

For further information regarding the Program Content for this program, please select from the links below:

Bachelor of Health Science booklet (pdf, 3054kb)

The core includes seven courses:

  • HEALT1104 Health and Lifestyle
  • ATSGC 1369 Understanding University Learning
  • ATSGC1359 Intro to Psych B: Brains & Behaviour
  • ATSGC 1370 Knowledge Professionals
  • SCMED1010 Professional Development, IT & Ethics
  • HEALT1003 Interpersonal Skills
  • HEALT3006 Health Promotion

The major streams are comprised of 11 courses (165 credit points). Streams include courses at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Major streams include Biomedical science, Psychology (APAC accredited), Sport and Exercise Science; Leading and Managing Health Services, E-Health and Informatics or a generic stream.

Some stream offerings are only available at specific campuses.*

There are up to 6 elective courses, at least 3 of which must be at an advanced level.

Major streams include:

  • Biomedical Science (Mt Helen)
  • Psychology * (Mt Helen and Gippsland)
  • Sport and Exercise Science (Mt Helen)
  • Leading and Managing Health Services (Mt Helen)
  • e-Health and Informatics (Mt Helen)

* Psychology is the only stream offered at the Gippsland campus in 2015 and is APAC accredited. Planning is in progress to potentially offer additional streams from 2016.

It is anticipated that streams in Occupational Hygiene and Health and Wellness Coaching will be added at a later date.

Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.

School of Health Sciences and Psychology (Ref 09662)

Contact Us

Phone: 1800 333 864

International Students This information may not apply to international students.
For further information contact:
International Student Programs
Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. Show InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
FedUni Code SH5

Gippsland Campus (Churchill): 3700737821
Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat): 3700537821

Mid year entry Yes
Credit Points 360

3 years full-time or 6 years part-time


Gippsland Campus (Churchill)
Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)

Application Method The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to Apply page for further information.
Federation University Australia offers a number of programs which are eligible for Open Access entry for current Year 12 students. Further information can be found on our Open Access page.
Application Type - VTAC Yes
Application Type - Direct Yes
Entry Requirements

Successful completion of VCE including Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 20 in one of biology, chemistry, psychology, mathematics (any) or physics; a study score of at least 20 in English (any); interstate or overseas equivalent or mature age entry.


Selection is based on a range of criteria. For more information, please visit Information for Mature Students.

Extra Requirements

Non-Year 12 applicants applying through VTAC must complete and submit the VTAC Personal Statement form online, available through VTAC.

  • Resume, Statement about reason for study, ATAR and Study Scores, evidence of qualifications
Pathways/Alternate Entry

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

If you are seeking alternate entry into the Bachelor of Health Sciences you can consider applying for the following programs:

Negotiated Offers will also be accepted through VTAC.

Indicative Fees Please visit to obtain further information regarding Indicative Program Fees.
Program Majors AvailableGeneral
2015 - Sample Program Structure
This Sample Program Structure is not to be used for enrolment purposes. Refer to information provided by your school for your individual program structure.

The indicative fees are for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Not all Post Graduate Programs offer a Commonwealth Supported Place. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees page for more information regarding Indicative Program fees.

General Credit Points CSP Fee

Year 1 Semester 1
PSYCB1001 Introduction To Psychology 15 $769
SCCHE1011 Chemistry I 15 $1,096
SCCOR1100 General Science: Introductory Biology 15 $1,096
SCMED1010 Professional Development, It And Ethics 15 $1,283

Year 1 Semester 2
SCBIO1032 Introductory Microbiology 15 $1,096
SCMED1014 Human Biology 15 $1,096
STATS1000 Statistical Methods 15 $1,096
SCCHE1012 Chemistry Ii 15 $1,096

Year 2 Semester 1
HEALT1104 Health & Lifestyle 15 $1,096
SCMED2010 Pathophysiology 1 15 $1,283
SCMED2030 Human Genomics 15 $1,096
HEALT2004 Nutrition For Health 15 $1,096

Year 2 Semester 2
SCMED2011 Pathophysiology 2 15 $1,283
SCMED2020 Immunology 15 $1,283
SCMED2031 Molecular Cell Biology 15 $1,096
PSYCB1002 Introduction To Psychology 15 $769

Year 3 Semester 1
SCMED2040 Infectious Disease 15 $1,096
SCMED3020 Biomedical Science Research Project 1 15 $1,283
SCMED3033 Anatomical Pathology 15 $1,096
SCFST2035 Food Microbiology 15 $1,096

Year 3 Semester 2
SCMED3021 Biomedical Science Research Project 2 15 $1,283
SCMED3031 Public Health 15 $1,096
SCMED3032 Clinical Haematology 15 $1,283
SCMED3011 Molecular Medicine And Biotechnology 15 $1,283

Indicative Totals:



All courses listed in bold are core courses which must be undertaken as part of this program.
All courses listed in italics are electives - they are examples only, of some of the many courses available within the program.

Sample Program Structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen Program.
Please contact the FedUni for further information on available options.
Show DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
Academic Entry Requirement

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or overseas equivalent with two final year courses of either Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics or Physics.

English Language Requirement

Overall Academic IELTS score of 6.0, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent

CRICOS Program Code 077887G
VTAC (International) 3700537823
FedUni Code SH5
Duration (International)

3 years

Fee - Annual Fee 2015 25400
RPL and Credit Transfer International students wishing to apply for RPL and Credit Transfer are required to provide syllabus of previous study undertaken at time of applying for a program. Not all programs offer RPL and Credit Transfer. Contact the International Student Programs office at
Teaching Location (International Students)

Mt Helen

Application Method International students currently studying VCE in Victoria (Australia) are required to apply through VTAC. All other international students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees are required to apply through the Federation University Australia's International office. All international students applying for Higher Degrees by Research are required to apply through Research Services.
Entry Requirements - International International students must meet the following basic entry requirements (see below):
  • English language entry requirements
  • Academic entry requirements
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