La Trobe University

Bachelor of Health Sciences


Semester starts
March (Melbourne and regional) and July (Melbourne only)
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
31 800

If you're interested in medical research, community health, rehabilitation counselling, athlete welfare, environmental health or health promotion - or even if you aren't sure which area of health science is for you - this degree can help you find your niche.

Learn about human biosciences, the role of health professionals and factors that influence health locally and around the world. You'll focus your studies by choosing one or two majors from second year. Study the health and sustainability major, with subjects in environmental health.

A major in public health will include studies in epidemiology and global health initiatives. Or you can major in human physiology and anatomy, or rehabilitation counselling, and study subjects such as living with chronic conditions. Our new sports counselling and athlete welfare major will include studies in sport development and psychology. Complete a new major in health promotion and take on subjects in community health promotion and education.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Melbourne Campus majors

Bendigo Campus majors

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

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.

English language requirement

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.

Career outcomes

Depending on which subjects you select, you may graduate to take on roles in public health, health promotion, community or private health services, aged care, disability services, research, hospitals, rehabilitation counselling, or occupational health and safety. You may go on to Honours or postgraduate qualifications in fields like human biosciences, rehabilitation counselling, public health, ergonomics, prosthetics, podiatry, physiotherapy or gerontology (the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing).

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

31 800


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you're completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you're completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

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 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:

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