Courses Handbook 2010

155599 v.5 Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences


Course CRICOS Code: 003691K
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


This course allows undergraduate students to combine studies in public health with a wide range of optional units as a Health Sciences Major, or complete a Health Information Management Major (profession specific units). Students who complete the Health Sciences Major will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences) and those who complete the Health Information Management Major will be awarded with a Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management).

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

At least Mathematics 2C/2D, and one science subject (as follows) desirable. Biological Sciences 3A/3B, Chemistry 3A/3B, Earth and Environmental Science 3A/3B, Human Biological Sciences 3A/3B, Integrated Science 3A/3B or Physics 3A/3B.

Specific Requirements

STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This course is three years' full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Career Opportunities

Health Science Major Graduates may find employment in the public and non-government health organisations in areas such as management , health promotion and research depending on optional unit selection. Health Information Management Major Graduates find employment in the health care system, and in particular in hospitals working as departmental managers, in the areas of quality improvement, casemix analysis, data management, special projects, clinical classification and working as part of clinical research teams. Graduates may also be employed as health information consultants, primary care practice managers and in information systems design.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

For more information about the program, contact staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences on telephone (08) 9266 4583, email, or visit our website:

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
311752 v.1   Health Information Management Major (Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences) 400.0
311753 v.1   Health Sciences Major (Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences) 400.0
Year 1 Semester 1
1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
303168 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 180 2.0 12.5
311438 v.1   Global and Indigenous Public Health 180 4.0 25.0
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5
Year 1 Semester 2
1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
311440 v.1   Epidemiology 286 4.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
311351 v.1   Applied Research and Biostatistics 381 6.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
13123 v.4 *   Research Project 386 6.0 25.0
303102 v.2 +   Health Practice Administration 383 3.0 25.0
312198 v.1 *   Professional Practice in Public Health 383 2.0 25.0
307196 v.2   Health Care Systems in Australia 201 3.0 25.0
*      *Alternate units available for students taking the Health Sciences Major only.
+      +This unit must be studied if completing the Health Information Management Major.
NB      The major is selected in year one, and completed over the duration of the course.


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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