Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences
Through your first year health sciences subjects, you'll focus on human biosciences, the role of health professionals in the community and the various factors that influence health. You can then go on to major in human physiology and anatomy, public health or rehabilitation counselling.
Our human physiology and anatomy electives include both theory and lab practice units. If you major in public health, you'll learn about environmental health issues, living with chronic health problems, global health initiatives and health care systems. If you major in rehabilitation counselling, you'll explore the psychosocial perspective of health and illness, behavioural change for rehabilitation clients, health in the workplace, and sports and exercise psychology.
Your arts electives can include anthropology, languages, sociology, drama, philosophy and politics. Arts and health combinations may include health promotion and gender studies, anthropology and public health, human biosciences and archaeology, philosophy and the experience of health and illness, and human biosciences and the philosophy of science.
You can also participate in our international student exchange program. If you choose to focus on public health or rehabilitation counselling, we can help you find work placements.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
PrerequisitesVCE 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.
Special considerationA study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, any Mathematics, any Science or Theatre Studies 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.
Advanced standing - credit for prior study
Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.
Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.
If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.
Graduates may find work in medical research, aged care, community health promotion, global health, community-based rehabilitation services or specialist occupational health and safety. You could also go on to postgraduate studies in medical research.
Fees and scholarships
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Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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