University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Course code/s: HBHS

Course details
Location Bundoora Bendigo
Course code HBHS HBHSB
Course coordinator Dr Louise Lexis
Course advisor Dr Lindsay Carey (Public Health)
Course advisor Dr Paul O'Halloran (Rehabilitation Counselling)
Course advisor Dr Aaron McDonald (Human Physiology and Anatomy)
Course advisor Dr Karen Anderson (Health Sustainability)
Course advisor Dr Amy Larsen (Core First Year)
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
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here Human Physiology and Anatomy, Public Health, Rehabilitation Counselling, Health Sustainability
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes  

Course description

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.

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).

**Human Physiology and anatomy major

Current first-year Bachelor of Health Sciences students must have completed HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB, and will be selected into the Human Physiology and Anatomy major on the basis of the highest average grade in the subjects HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB until quota is reached.  Enrolments will be finalised after the end of year results are confirmed.

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 Podiatric Practice GEM program
  • BCH2IBM, BCH2MBC – relevant for the Master of Dietetic Practice GEM program (Please note: students must complete the following prerequisite subjects as first year electives to enable enrolment into second year Biochemistry: CHE1APL and one of CHE1GEN or CHE1CHF )
  • MIC2MMP – relevant for the Master of Podiatric Practice GEM program

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 following minors are also available:

  • Mental Health and Performance (Melbourne Campus)
  • Strategic Communication (Melbourne Campus) (Available to students in the Human Physiology and Anatomy Major)

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.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.  Students who would like to go on exchange/overseas, should make an appointment with the staff at the Global Lounge.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Demonstrate well developed contemporary knowledge of health sciences, including current research.
Work independently and collaboratively in inter-professional teams to achieve evidence-based solutions to problems.
Critically analyse and synthesise research in the field of health sciences to develop responses to issues in health.
Design and implement research investigations that apply appropriate methods to assess data and analyse issues related to health and wellbeing.
Investigate and evaluate current and future issues in health, adapting knowledge and practice to issues related to health and wellbeing.
To appraise and analyse emerging developments in the field of health sciences in order to maintain professional skills and the capacity to evaluate new evidence and applications.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
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 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 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-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.

Second and third year - Health sustainability major

Second year - Health sustainability major (Bendigo campus - 120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE2PHP Principles of Public Health Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2AHR Applied Health Research 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 - Health sustainability major (Bendigo campus - 120 credit points)
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 at third-year level 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 at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Second and third year - Human physiology and anatomy major

Second year - Human physiology and anatomy major (Melbourne campus - 120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PTA Human Physiology Theory A 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PPA Human Physiology Practicum A 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2HAA Human Anatomy A 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS2HAB Human Anatomy B 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS2PTB Human Physiology Theory B 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Students to enrol in a total of 45cps of subjects at second or third-year level, from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. HBS2PPB is highly recommended. 45
Third year - Human physiology and anatomy major (Melbourne campus - 120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS3HPR Human Physiology and Research 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS3AHP Advances in Human Physiology 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3IRP Independent Research in Human Physiology 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Students to enrol in a total of 75cps of subjects at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met HBS3HPT, HBS3PCY and HBS3HAC are highly recommended. 75

 

Second and third year - Public health major

Second year - Public health major (Melbourne campus - 120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE2PHP Principles of Public Health Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2AHR Applied Health Research 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2CHP Community Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Students to enrol in a total of 60cps of subjects at second or third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met.  PHE2HED, PHE2EHI, PHE2LCI, PHE2MHW are highly recommended. 60
Third year - Public health major (Melbourne campus - 120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE3HCS Health Care Systems 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3EPI Epidemiology 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3HPE Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3PFP Participatory Field Placement 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Students to enrol in a total of 60cps of subjects at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met.  PHE3FPI**, PHE3GHI, PHE3DDB, PHE3DUB, PHE3LMH, HBS3WAH, PHE3CSG are recommended electives [** PHE3FPI is strongly recommended for Public Health and Rehabilitation students prior to commencing PHE3PFP ]. 60

 

Second and third year - Rehabilitation counselling major

Second year - Rehabilitation counselling major (Melbourne campus - 120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
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-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Students to enrol in 45cps of subjects at second or third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. PHE2MHR, PHE3SEP, PHE3DUB, PHE3SPH and PHE3PPH are highly recommended. 45
Third year - rehabilitation counselling major (Melbourne campus - 120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS3WAH Work and Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3BCR Behaviour Change for Rehabilitation Clients 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3PFP Participatory Field Placement 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Students to enrol in 75cps of subjects at third-year level from any discipline in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. PHE3FPI **, PHE3SEP, PHE3DUB, PHE3SPH and PHE3PPH are recommended electives [**PHE3FPI is strongly recommended for Rehabilitation and Public Health students prior to commencing PHE3PFP ] 75

Minors

Mental health and performance minor (Melbourne campus - 60 credit points) - available to all majors/students
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
Students to select one of the following second year SOC2 subjects from the list below:
TE-SEM-1 SOC2SEM Sociology of Emotions 15
  SOC2MIN Mind Madness and Society
And complete all of the following:
TE-SEM-1 PHE3SEP Sport and Exercise Psychology 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3SPH Social Psychology of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2MHR Mental Health in Rehabilitation 15
Strategic communication minor (Melbourne campus - 60 credit points - only available to students in the Human physiology and anatomy major)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
Students to select one of the following first year STC1 subjects from the list below:
TE-SEM-1 STC1ISC Introduction to Strategic Communication 15
TE-SEM-1 STC1WSC Writing for Strategic Communication
TE-SEM-2 STC1CAM Campaigns: Strategies, Analysis and Design
And complete all of the following:
TE-SEM-1 STC2SCP Strategic Communication Practices 15
TE-SEM-2 STC2SCR Strategic Communication Research, Planning and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3CSH Communicating Science and Health 15

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.

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