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).


Course Name Bachelor of Health Science
Course Abbreviation BHlthSc
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 039203A
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health



Location Study periods
Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2


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.

Career Outcomes

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.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Health Science is not limited to a single, professional discipline. It is a generic health science degree which qualifies its graduates to undertake further, more specialised, study in a number of disciplines and to pursue various career opportunities in the health sector.


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.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

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.

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.

Course Structure


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

    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



      Annual Course Cost

      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.


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

      Course Rules


      1Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Health Science shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.
      2Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three separate years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than eight years, from the time of first enrolment.

      Course structure

      3[i]To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall pass all units in the course and undertake such practical exercises/experiences as may be required to satisfy the degree requirements.
       [ii]The units which may be included in a course for the degree, shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the Schedule accompanying these specifications.
      4[i]Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Health Science and as summarised in the Schedule.
       [ii]A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting, or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 50% weighting.
       [iii]Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
        In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

      Credit for previous studies

      5Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.


      6The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.
      7These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2001 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.
      8The approved abbreviation for the award of Bachelor of Health Science shall be BHlthSc.