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Applied Health and Community Support

The Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support brings together the streams of health and community services.

This course has been developed to address areas of workforce need and respond to significant changes in service and consumer expectations in the health and community services industry. You will be equipped to work in person-centred ways, and to understand and apply a range of approaches to promote individual, organisational and community health and wellbeing.

This degree introduces you to a career in the health and community services sectors, as well as an opportunity to accelerate progression within a current job.

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Course Options

Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support

Minimum 2 years full-time, up to 5 years part-time
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Online

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Get hands-on experience with industry-relevant assessments and projects.

Fast-track your studies and complete your degree in two years; or take a bit longer with the option to study part-time.

Finish your degree with a portfolio of knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to the health and community service sector.


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

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Study options

Business (Stream)

This stream will introduce you to business principles and practices in health and community services. Units will also enhance your skills in leading and managing people, creating more value for organisations with lean work and project management practices, and learning how to design and deliver projects in industry contexts.

Support Systems and Services (Stream)

This stream will introduce you to the way in which health, social and community services are organised, integrated, funded and governed in Australia. Units will enhance your knowledge of regulatory systems that govern service delivery, reporting and industry accreditation, as well as the foundations of wellbeing for individuals, families and communities, and contemporary sector practices.

Course breakdown

Associate Degree Applied Health and Community Support (200 credit points)

Core units (100 credit points)

As part of your Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support, you will complete eight core units designed to broaden your knowledge of health services and the community.

Stream (50 credit points)

You will complete four units that focus on your chosen stream of either Business or Support Systems and Services.

Elective Units (50 credit points)

You will complete four Elective Units in the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Arts, Business, Design, Science, and Information Communication Technologies . Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field.

By completing the Associate Degree Applied Health and Community Support, you may receive some credit towards a Bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania. The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

To view the units for this course, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook

Career outcomes

Potential career opportunities exist in the voluntary, private, not-for-profit, non-government and/or government sectors in health and community services. Roles include team leaders, coordinators, supervisors, service managers, coaches, service navigators and community development/engagement officers.

Opportunities also exist for graduates to work in direct service roles. Other roles may include service brokers, service planners, project managers, project officers, consultants and administrators, or to pursue roles in occupational, corporate or community health and wellbeing.

Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers


increase projected by 2024*

Health and Welfare Services Managers


increase projected by 2024*

Health and Welfare Support Workers


increase projected by 2024*

Study Experiences

Studies are delivered through online learning, flexible tutorials, face-to-face workshops, authentic case studies, individual and community projects. Previous community projects that our students have participated in include: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Education, Elder Abuse, Care Farms for Mental Health, Aboriginal Identity, Inclusive Tourism for people living with disability, and a broad range of others.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will complete a professional portfolio which will enable you to reflect upon your learning and provide evidence of your capabilities for future career opportunities.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.