University Handbook 2016

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course code/s: HBHS

Course details
Location Bundoora Bendigo
Course code HBHS HBHSB
Course coordinator Dr Louise Lexis
Course advisors Dr Lindsay Carey Dr Karen Anderson (Semester 1) and Dr Steve Begg (Semester 2)
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 062598G
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes  

This flexible course provides students with the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the field of health sciences while pursuing areas of interest within the human biosciences, occupational health or public health domains.

Course structure

Students must complete 120 credit points at each year level. The pass degree is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study or an equivalent period of part-time study. To qualify for the pass degree a student must complete subjects to the value of 360 credit points.

In first year, students will undertake an interdisciplinary common year in which students enrol in subjects with peers across health sciences courses. The focus is on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health and on developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. Public health subjects cover the fields of disability and rehabilitation and health promotion. Students are required to complete the core subjects listed below in the first-year structure, plus two 15cp electives, from any discipline in the University, including health sciences. Any prerequisites must be satisfied.

In second year students must select one core major of study from those listed below:

  • Human Physiology and Anatomy (Melbourne Campus)
  • Public Health (Melbourne Campus)
  • Rehabilitation Counselling (Melbourne Campus) 
  • Health Sustainability (Bendigo Campus).

In third year, students continue to study subjects from their chosen major. The course also allows for some elective choice, from elsewhere in the University, at third-year levels.

The degree may be awarded as a pass degree, or if the student is eligible, as a degree with honours. To qualify for the Honours program, students will normally have completed the requirements for the pass degree and achieved academic results of a high standard.  For further information, please refer to the Handbook entry regarding the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours program.

Graduates may apply to continue their studies at a postgraduate level in areas such as community health, ergonomics, gerontology, health promotion, human biosciences, public health and rehabilitation.

First year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM* Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Students to enrol in a 15cp, first-year subject. It can be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Students to enrol in one 15cp, first-year subject. It can be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester.  The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Health sustainability major (Bendigo Campus)

Second year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE2AHR Applied Health Research 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2PHP Principles of Public Health Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2EHI Environmental Health Issues 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Students to enrol in a 15cp subject at second level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2HED Health Education Development 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2EFP Epidemiology for Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2CHP Community Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Students to enrol in a 15cp subject at second or third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
Third year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE3HPE Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3HCS Health Care Systems 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3COS Communication Skills in Healthcare 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Students to enrol in a 15cp subject from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3LMH Law and Management for Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3PHN Public Health Nutrition 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3BRH Rural Health 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Students to enrol in a 15cp subject from any discpline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Human physiology and anatomy major (Melbourne Campus)

Current first-year Bachelor of Health Sciences students need to achieve a minimum of 60C in the subjects HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB, and will be selected on the basis of the highest average grade in the subjects HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB until quota is reached.

Students intending to undertake this major, to further their studies in one of the graduate entry masters (GEM) programs, are encouraged to select one or more of the following subjects as electives. Enrolment in any of these subjects requires the subject coordinator's approval and numbers are subject to quotas.

  • HBS3NPM – relevant for the Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotic, Master of Podiatric Practice and Master of Physiotherapy Practice GEM programs
  • HBS3HAC – relevant for the Master of Physiotherapy Practice GEM program
  • HBS3PCY – relevant for the Master of Podatric Practice GEM program
  • BCH2IBM, BCH2MBC – relevant for the Master of Dietetic Practice GEM program
  • MIC2MMP – relevant for the Master of Podiatric Practice GEM program
Second year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS2HAA Human Anatomy A 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PTA Human Physiology Theory A 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PPA Human Physiology Practicum A 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS2HAB Human Anatomy B 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS2PTB Human Physiology Theory B 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS2PPB Human Physiology Practicum B 15
TE-SEM-1/2 Electives Students to enrol in a total of 30cps of subjects at second or third-year level, from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 30
Third year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS3APA Advanced Human Physiology A: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 30
TE-SEM-2 HBS3APB Advanced Human Physiology B: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 30
TE-SEM-1/2 Electives Students to enrol in four 15cp subjects at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 60

Public health major (Melbourne Campus)

Second year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE2HED Health Education Development 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2PHP Principles of Public Health Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2EHI Environmental Health Issues 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2AHR Applied Health Research 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2LCI Living with Chronic Conditions 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2CHP Community Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective

Students to enrol in one 15cp subject at second or third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met.

15
Third year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-11 PHE3EPI Epidemiology 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3HPE Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3HCS Health Care Systems 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Students to enrol in one 15cp subject at third-year level PHE3FPI is highly recommended. 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3PFP Participatory Field Placement 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3GHI Global Health Initiatives 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3LMH Law and Management for Health 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Students to enrol in one 15cp subject at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Rehabilitation counselling major (Melbourne Campus)

Second year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE2HED Health Education Development  15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2RCM Rehabilitation Case Management 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2CPR Communication Process for Rehabilitation 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2AHR Applied Health Research 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2LCI Living with Chronic Conditions 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2MHR Mental Health in Rehabilitation 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Students to enrol in one 15cp subject at second or third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
Third year
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE3SEP Sports and Exercise Psychology  15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3SPH Social Psychology of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS3WAH Work and Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Students to enrol in one 15cp subject at third-year level PHE3FPI is highly recommended. 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3BCR Behaviour Change for Rehabilitation Clients 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3PFP Participatory Field Placement 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3PPH Psychosocial Perspectives of Health and Illness 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Students to enrol in one 15cp subject at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Honours year

For details, please visit the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours program entry in this Handbook.

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