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Start your career in health and make a difference with a Bachelor of Health Sciences from La Trobe University.

Our Bachelor of Health Sciences is taught by experts in the field, and equips you for a broad range of healthcare roles. You'll gain an understanding of health and disability as well as ways to improve health across the community.

We have designed our courses by working with academics, industry leaders and professional bodies, to draw from their professional expertise and ensure what you learn is comprehensive and relevant.

Get hands on experience by studying subjects from across health sciences and develop an understanding of the roles of health professionals. Students will take a general approach at first, before specialising in their second and third years.

As part of your studies you’ll have exposure to highly qualified academic staff with close links to professional, government and corporate organisations, including the Australian Sports Commission, Cancer Council of Victoria, VicHealth and the AFL Players Association.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take up placements in a range of relevant workplaces from hospital settings to community facilities and regional health organisations. Or you might choose to explore health sciences away from Australia through study abroad opportunities in destinations including the US and Mexico, Europe and the UK, South East Asia and India  .

Career opportunities

If you‘re interested in medical research, community health, rehabilitation counselling, environmental health, sports counselling, or health promotion – or even if you are not quite sure which health science area is for you – this three-year degree can help you decide.

Depending on your area of study you can take on roles in a range of careers in:

  • health promotion
  • aged care
  • disability services
  • research
  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation counselling
  • occupational health and safety
  • athlete welfare and wellbeing

You may choose to undertake Honours or postgraduate studies  in specialist areas such as sport management, rehabilitation counselling, occupational health and safety, art therapy, exercise physiology, health administration or gerontology. Graduates of health sciences are given first preference for a range of postgraduate degrees at La Trobe including:

  • Master of Clinical Audiology
  • Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Master of Dietetic Practice
  • Master of Exercise Physiology
  • Master of Health Information Management
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Master of Orthoptics
  • Master of Podiatric Practice
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Speech Pathology.

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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 50.35
Melbourne 50.2
Duration:
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Prerequisites:
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements:
Applicants are welcome to provide supporting documentation. Current Year 12 applicants with work experience must complete and submit a VTAC Pi form. Applicants who wish other information to be considered during the selection process must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement. This information may include work experience, reason for applying, and anything else relevant to the course. Applicants with relevant work experience may be eligible for extra consideration during the selection process. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus:
A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points. Re-ranking is based on relevant employment or work experience. Consideration is also given to Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria; and a regional bonus may apply.
Additional information:
Graduates from this course are given first preference for the following programs: Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, Master of Dietetic Practice, Master of Exercise Physiology, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Master of Orthoptics, Master of Podiatric Practice, Master of Physiotherapy Practice, Master of Social Work, and Master of Speech Pathology. You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education
  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Human Biosciences A
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Individual Determinants of Health
  • First-year elective subject. Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met.

Semester 2

  • Human Biosciences B
  • Research and Evidence in Practice
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • First-year elective subject. Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met.

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Human Physiology Theory A
  • Human Physiology Practicum A
  • Students to enrol in a total of 45cps of elective subjects at second or third-year level, from any discipline in the University. HBS2PPB is highly recommended.

Semester 2

  • Human Anatomy A
  • Human Anatomy B
  • Human Physiology Theory B
  • Students to enrol in a total of 45cps of elective subjects at second or third-year level, from any discipline in the University. Human Physiology Practicum B is highly recommended.

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Human Physiology and Research
  • Advances in Human Physiology

Semester 2

  • Independent Research in Human Physiology
  • Students to enrol in a total of 75cps of elective subjects at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Human Pathophysiology, Foundation in Pharmacology and Human Anatomy C are highly recommended.

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Majors offered in Melbourne:

  • Health promotion
  • Human physiology and anatomy
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation counselling
  • Sports counselling and athlete welfare

Majors offered in Bendigo

  • Health and sustainability
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation counselling
  • Sports counselling and athlete welfare

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Choose Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe

Start your career in health and make a difference with a Bachelor of Health Sciences from La Trobe University.

Our Bachelor of Health Sciences is taught by experts in the field, and equips you for a broad range of healthcare roles. You will gain an understanding of health and disability as well as ways to improve health across the community.

We have designed our courses by working with academics, industry leaders and professional bodies, to draw from their professional expertise and ensure what you learn is comprehensive and relevant.

Get hands on experience by studying subjects from across health sciences and develop an understanding of the roles of health professionals. Students will take a general approach at first, before specialising in their second and third years.

As part of your studies you’ll have exposure to highly qualified academic staff with close links to professional, government and corporate organisations, including the Australian Sports Commission, Cancer Council of Victoria, VicHealth and the AFL Players Association.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take up placements in a range of relevant workplaces from hospital settings to community facilities and regional health organisations. Or you might choose to explore health sciences away from Australia through study abroad opportunities in destinations including the US and Mexico, Europe and the UK, South East Asia and India  .

Career opportunities

If you are interested in medical research, community health, rehabilitation counselling, environmental health, sports counselling, or health promotion – or even if you are not quite sure which health science area is for you – this three-year degree can help you decide.

Depending on your area of study you can take on roles in a range of careers in:

  • health promotion
  • aged care
  • disability services
  • research
  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation counselling
  • occupational health and safety
  • athlete welfare and wellbeing

You may choose to undertake Honours or postgraduate studies  in specialist areas such as sport management, rehabilitation counselling, occupational health and safety, art therapy, exercise physiology, health administration or gerontology. Graduates of health sciences are given first preference for a range of postgraduate degrees at La Trobe including:

  • Master of Clinical Audiology
  • Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Master of Dietetic Practice
  • Master of Exercise Physiology
  • Master of Health Information Management
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Master of Orthoptics
  • Master of Podiatric Practice
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Speech Pathology.

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Course details for international students

Bachelor of Health Sciences (062598G)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 (March)
Fees amount ($A):
31 800
Campus:
Bendigo; Melbourne
Duration:
3 years
English language requirements:
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. or approved international equivalent.
Additional information:
Applicants must review the Supplementary checklist for required documents to submit with their application. Available majors only: Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Evaluation and Research. Most majors are held at Franklin Street Campus, please check with Faculty for further information. As this Campus is located in the CBD, you might like to consider finding accommodation closer to your campus. Graduates from this course are given first preference for the following programs. This is a competitive process and graduates will be eligible to apply on the basis of minimum requirements and relevant prerequisites, as indicated on our website: Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, Master of Dietetic Practice, Master of Exercise Physiology, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Master of Orthoptics, Master of Podiatric Practice, Master of Physiotherapy Practice, Master of Social Work and Master of Speech Pathology.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education
  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Human Biosciences A
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Individual Determinants of Health
  • First-year elective subject. Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met.

Semester 2

  • Human Biosciences B
  • Research and Evidence in Practice
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • First-year elective subject. Can be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met.

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Human Physiology Theory A
  • Human Physiology Practicum A
  • Students to enrol in a total of 45cps of elective subjects at second or third-year level, from any discipline in the University. HBS2PPB is highly recommended.

Semester 2

  • Human Anatomy A
  • Human Anatomy B
  • Human Physiology Theory B
  • Students to enrol in a total of 45cps of elective subjects at second or third-year level, from any discipline in the University. Human Physiology Practicum B is highly recommended.

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Human Physiology and Research
  • Advances in Human Physiology

Semester 2

  • Independent Research in Human Physiology
  • Students to enrol in a total of 75cps of elective subjects at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Human Pathophysiology, Foundation in Pharmacology and Human Anatomy C are highly recommended.

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Majors offered in Melbourne:

  • Health promotion
  • Human physiology and anatomy
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation counselling
  • Sports counselling and athlete welfare

Majors offered in Bendigo

  • Health and sustainability
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation counselling
  • Sports counselling and athlete welfare

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