Bachelor of Health Sciences

Choose Health Sciences at La Trobe

  • Find your area of interest in the health sciences
  • Learn about human biosciences, the roles of health professionals and the factors that influence health
  • Graduates can gain entry to high-demand postgraduate courses

Career opportunities

Depending on which subjects you select, you may graduate to take on roles in:

  • public health
  • health promotion
  • community
  • private health services
  • aged care
  • disability services
  • research
  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation counselling
  • occupational health and safety.

Graduates may also consider advancing their expertise with postgraduate study in specialist areas, such as gerontology, speech pathology or social work.

What you'll learn

If you're interested in medical research, community health, rehabilitation counselling, environmental health 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 find your area of interest. Learn about human biosciences, as well as the roles of health professionals and the factors that influence health. You'll gain an understanding of health and disability as well as ways to improve health across the community.


You'll choose a major in second year, enabling you to focus your studies. Available majors include:

Melbourne Campus

  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation counselling
  • Human physiology and anatomy

Bendigo Campus

  • Health sustainability

Graduates from this course are given first preference for the following programs: Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, 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.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2017 indicative: AUD$9,050 per 120 credit points (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

2017 indicative: AUD$29,000 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

International living expenses

Other than tuition fees, you should consider living and accommodation costs when planning your budget.

Course structure

First year subjects

Semester 1

Semester 2

Human Biosciences A

Human Biosciences B

Introduction to Professional Practice

Research and Evidence in Practice

Individual Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health


For full details, see the Handbook entry.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

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