Courses & Units

Bachelor of Health Science (M3H)

This 3-year, undergraduate course is offered at the Launceston Campus.

It provides a broad base of units in health sciences with optional units from two other Faculties (Business, and Science, Engineering and Technology).

Candidates must complete the requirements of the degree in a minimum of 3, and a maximum of 7, separate years of full time study from the time of first enrolment.

The course may also be undertaken on a part-time basis.The Bachelor of Health Science can be used as a pathway to other courses offered by the School of Health Sciences such as the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health).

Duration

3 Years full time

Up to 7 Years part time

Location

Launceston

ATAR

See entry requirements below


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


You are currently viewing the course details for 2016.

View course details for 2015 ›

Duration

3 Years full time

Location

Launceston

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 039203A


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


You are currently viewing the course details for 2016.

View course details for 2015 ›

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Health Science is a degree which prepares students for a range of career paths in the health sector, including administration, management and research, as well as for entry to graduate programs in medicine, allied health and other health specialties and teaching.

Course structure

Year 1 units provide a foundation in the life sciences and an introduction to public and community health and lifestyle health promotion. In Year 2 students undertake core units in conjunction with elective units from one or more of the specialist streams - Health and Lifestyle, Bioscience or Psychology/Management. In Year 3 students undertake four core units in conjunction with further elective units from one or more of the streams. It should be noted that some units are offered alternate years only and students should enrol in those units when offered, provided they have met the prerequisites. Overall students should take at least four units (and preferably six) from one specific stream.

The Health and Lifestyle stream provides students with effective and interactive communication skills and an understanding of health promotion, public and community education and development and units in food, exercise and fitness. The Bioscience stream provides an understanding of the structure and function of the human body, in both health and disease, and of the biochemical diagnosis of disease. It also allows study of the patterns of health and health services in Australia. The Psychology/Management area provides a background in psychology of individuals, and psychology and management in organisations and health care contexts.

Schedule

Please note that some combinations of units may not be available due to timetabling constraints and some unis are offered in alternate years. A core elective unit not undertaken in Year 1 may be undertaken as an elective unit in Year 2. Students need to ensure that they have prerequisites for the elective streams.

Core Units

Introduces students to the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Concepts in basic biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics are covered in this unit, and form a fundamental core of knowledge to which students will refer throughout their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Either (KRA161 or CXA101[a] ) and *CXA125

This unit explores the chemistry of skeletal muscles - bonding and interactions that allow muscles to work, and nutrient cycles - carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - reactions and their conditions. Through these themes, this unit covers introductory chemistry for students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit equips you with clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge that links to other first year units and that underpins learning in future units within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Health Science and Exercise Science programs. At the end…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides a basic introduction to biochemistry for students in health, exercise & marine sciences, complementing studies in cell biology and chemistry for life sciences. The unit also provides an introduction to metabolic biochemistry and molecular biology. It considers the basic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is an introductory unit for students entering the health sciences area or allied health training. This unit introduces students to the nature and importance of written communication skills essential for both study and professional practice within the health sciences.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students a basic understanding of microbiology in relation to disease processes, transmission and treatment. It covers the structure and function of microbes, their role in the infectious disease process within the human body, how microbes can be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a general nutrition unit which provides an overview of food and nutrition. It considers the influence of culture and ethnicity on food choice and explores the issues of food use from demographic, epidemiological and anthropological sources. It focuses…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces a systematic study of the structure and functioning of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and defence systems.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Continues the study of the structure and functioning of the various systems of the human body begun in CXA172, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, urinary system and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance, reproductive and digestive systems.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the physiological response to exercise, the physiological adaptations to exercise training and the regulation of exercise performance. Topics covered in this unit include respiratory, cardiac and muscle physiology, the role of the central nervous system in exercise,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to support your ability to appraise critically attitudes to ageing and aged care in Australia, and to engage in independent inquiry and reflection in the online environment with inter-professional peers and teachers. You will gain an…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an overview of the origins and principles of health promotion and its rationale. Students will develop an understanding of the strategies, methods and theories, used in health promotion, to meet the needs of diverse population groups in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus 1 elective in semester 1 and 2 electives in semester 2

Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to broaden students understanding of the Australian Health Care system and its operation. It provides the opportunity for students to critically examine and review the current and emerging trends in health care delivery and includes topics such…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CXA385 Nutrition and Disease is designed to provide you with an increased understanding of metabolism in the human body and the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in both health and under physiological stress of disease. The unit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus 2 electives in semester 1 and 2 electives in semester 2
[a]Students with Year 12 Chemistry may do CXA101 plus CXA125. Students without Year 12 Chemistry must do KJC161 instead of CXA101, plus CXA125.
[b] Students must have studied Physics or Physical Sciences in Years 11 and/or 12 and some Mathematics.
[c] Offered in alternate years.

Elective Streams

Note:At least 4 (and preferably more) units must be taken from one of the following three streams: Public Health and Lifestyle Bioscience or Psychology/Management, with at least two of these units being at 300 level. Other elective units may come from the same or another stream, subject to prerequisites and timetable constraints. Subject also to prerequisites, the units can be taken in a different order as inevitable timetabling constraints may preclude some combinations. Not all units are offered every year.

Health and Lifestyle

This is a practical unit providing students with an overview of public health nutrition principles and practices. Students will develop an understanding of public health nutrition priorities such as obesity prevention; economic, geographically and socially disadvantaged communities; international nutrition; food…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an understanding of the basic principles of physics to biology and the life sciences. It also provides health professionals with knowledge of the scientific basis of modern diagnostic techniques such as diagnostic x-rays, MRI and ultrasound, EEG…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops the students understanding of basic physical principles specifically relating to environmental health, environment protection, chemical hazards and toxicology. It also develops a knowledge of the chemical aspects of environmental hazards, including air pollution and pesticides. Risk assessments…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is designed to give Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Health Science students an introduction to analysis of human movement.The focus is on comparative motion analysis and functional musculoskeletal anatomy and the physical laws that control motion.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores a broad range of health related issues about children and adolescents within a health promotion framework. The unit covers an introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of child and adolescent health care. The context in which children grow…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Statistics consistently show that Aboriginal mortality rates far exceed those of setter-Australians, indeed some 50% of Aboriginal Australians die before they reach the age of 50. This unit explores the reasons for this situation, taking a social determinants approach that…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a practical unit providing students with an overview of public health nutrition principles and practices. Students will develop an understanding of public health nutrition priorities such as obesity prevention; economic, geographically and socially disadvantaged communities; international nutrition; food…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops the students understanding of basic physical principles specifically relating to environmental health, environment protection, chemical hazards and toxicology. It also develops a knowledge of the chemical aspects of environmental hazards, including air pollution and pesticides. Risk assessments…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit teaches students how to measure "fitness" and design exercise training programs as well as introducing professional applications of exercise and sports science. The application of laboratory based tests will be covered in lectures and laboratories. The unit explores…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an understanding of the role and importance of public health and the relationship to environmental health practices and policies. Students will apply their understanding in health promotion, public health, environmental health and food safety practices.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Assumes an understanding of the information presented in CXA232Kinesiology and builds an understanding of biomechanical principles and research techniques. Biomechanics is the study of internal and external forces acting on the human body and the movements produced by these forces.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake detailed investigation of a topic of interest within their general field of study. The study may be performed as an individual or as part of a small group. The specific syllabus…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit extends the anatomical knowledge gained in CXA172 Anatomy & Physiology 1 and CXA232 Kinesiology, and expands students understanding of skeletal and musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, and nervous system anatomy and physiology in health and disease. Analyses of evidence…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores how legal and ethical principles inform the practice of healthcare professionals in Australia. Students will gain knowledge of the fundamental legal and ethical principles governing practice and reflect on how to apply these in everyday situations. Through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

[a] Available alternate years only.
[b]Use level 200 enrolment code *HAB213

Bioscience

The unit provides an in-depth study of the biochemistry of metabolic fuels with an emphasis on carbohydrates & lipids, associated metabolic reactions, pathways, enzymes and metabolic regulation.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit equips you with clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge that links to other first year units and that underpins learning in future units within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Health Science and Exercise Science programs. At the end…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Expands on the understanding of biochemistry obtained in CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry, concentrated at a molecular level. The unit is a comprehensive study of regulation of cellular metabolism and signalling along with a detailed study of the molecular mechanisms of genetic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Imparts knowledge of quality assurance assurance requirements in the modern laboratory, including laboratory method manual preparation, sources of error in analytical testing and the use and establishment of reference ranges. The clinical significance of, current state of diagnostic testing and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics providing detailed study of genetic mutations and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Teaches the clinical significance of the current state of analytical testing and analytical methods employed to assess the following; liver function; carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, iron status and protein abnormalities.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives an understanding of the metabolism and function of hormones; and includes: the laboratory investigation of disorders of hormonal function including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, hypothalamic, ovarian, testicular and renal hormones; the use of tumour markers in oncology, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will consider the basis of occupational health and safety, the legal framework and important principles, including risk assessment (e.g., in the health industry). It contains modules concerning particular areas of occupational health and case examples from various industries.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Psychology/Management

This unit provides students with an introduction to management concepts, functions and strategies. The unit outlines the key functions of management and then explores the context surrounding management functioning, including an analysis of the broad environment in which organisations operate,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Shanghai Ocean UniversityShanghai Semester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to major areas in psychology and to basic techniques for psychological investigations. Lecture topics include the historical context of psychology, research design, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology. Students are required to undertake independent reading to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
Hobart5 Week Session Jan A
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a further introduction to major areas in psychology and to basic techniques for psychological investigations. Lecture topics include research methods, intelligence, social psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Students are required to undertake additional reading to extend their knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will consider the basis of occupational health and safety, the legal framework and important principles, including risk assessment (e.g., in the health industry). It contains modules concerning particular areas of occupational health and case examples from various industries.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Either KHA256 or KHA215

This unit introduces students to the field of organisational and industrial psychology. This is an applied field that draws on core theories and ideas from psychology and applies them to organisational and work contexts. The unit will be taught…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

KHA315 Organisational Psychology and CXA312 Occupation Health units are offered in alternate years
[c] Corequisites not required for students enrolled in M3H

There are employment opportunities in government and non-government medical and general health services and in health research organisations. More specifically, they occur in areas such as health promotion, community health groups, self-help groups, rehabilitation centres, welfare agencies, fitness centres, administration, management, sales representation across a broad range of medical and health products (including diagnostic equipment and pharmaceuticals), project management andclinical research.

The course is also relevant to practising and potential health care professionals seeking a degree qualification.

Students interested in pursuing a career in teaching in the areas of health, food studies and science may continue studies in the Master of Teaching.

Students seeking a career in allied health may pursue postgraduate courses in areas such as nutrition and dietetics, audiology, occupational health or physiotherapy.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Health Science must meet normal University admission requirements and have studied a science subject at Year 11/12 e.g. Biology TQA3 (BIO315109), Physical Sciences TQA3 (PSC315109), Chemistry or Health Studies TQA3 (HLT315108).

While Chemistry TQA3 (CHM315109) and Mathematics Methods TQA3 (MTM315109), or Mathematics Applied TQA3 (MTA315109) (or their equivalents) are not essential, they will be an advantage to those who elect to study units in the Bioscience stream.

Applications for credit based on previous relevant university or TAFE study will be considered.

An ATAR of 65 is required.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

There is no articulation from other courses.

Some high achieving Year 1 Bachelor of Health Science students may be able to transfer into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science if places are available. These students must have completed Chemistry TQA3 (CHM315109) and/or Mathematics Applied TQA3 (MTA315109) or Mathematics Methods TQA3 (MTM315109) (or equivalent) and obtained results of a high standard in Year 1 of the Bachelor of Health Science. Some high achieving Year 1 Bachelor of Health Science students may be able to transfer to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) if places are available. These students must have completed Physical Sciences TQA3 (PSC315109) (or KRA003 Physics Bridging program or equivalent) and obtained results of a high standard in Year 1 of the Bachelor of Health Science.

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.