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Bachelor of Science (Health) frequently asked questions

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The new Bachelor of Science (Health) provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global level. You will develop a strong science foundation and the ability to think critically about health and healthcare – these will make you a competitive graduate.

Health is one of Australia's fastest growing employment sectors. Graduates who have a holistic understanding of health and how healthcare works in Australia and internationally are in high demand.

Why study with us?

  • This degree gives you the flexibility to explore the breadth of health, and tailor your study pattern to specialise in the areas of health that you are interested in. 
  • We offer an increased number of units of study that address different areas of health such as e-health, indigenous health, health promotion, and ageing and health. You will have more project-based learning and work collaboratively with other students and health organisations.
  • In response to our changing healthcare system, we have increased your opportunities to engage with industry. You will interview health professionals and people with lived experiences in your classrooms, and network with our alumni from healthcare, commercial, government, and not-for-profit organisations at extra-curricular events and mentoring.
  • You will graduate with the ability to navigate the complexity of health in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts, along with skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and empathy.

You will complete a major in Health with core units in areas such as health and society, introduction to healthcare and eHealth, ensuring you gain comprehensive knowledge of healthcare and its latest developments. As you progress through the health major you will be able to specialise in areas of interest (e.g. health, ethics and the law, international health or health policy). 

A second major can be taken from the shared pool of majors or from those offered in the Bachelor of Science, which are offered through the Faculty of Science academic schools:

Subject areas

You are required to complete a major in Health for this stream and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Students will complete a total of 144 credit points in this course.

This includes two degree core units (that contributes 12 credit points), a Health stream (including a major in Health), subjects that contribute towards a minor or second major (36 or 48 credit points, respectively), Online Learning Environment (OLE) units (a total, and maximum of, 12 credit points) and other electives.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Until 2024: Mathematics Advanced or higher, other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen. 

From 2024: Mathematics Advanced or higher; biology; other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 (Band E3). For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join our Dalyell Scholars program.

 

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles including:

  • Health promotion
  • Policymaking
  • Project and case management
  • Consultancy
  • Logistics and procurement
  • Insurance
  • Business development
  • Marketing
  • Public relations

Future study

Upon completing the Bachelor of Science (Health) may wish to undertake further study to gain a professional qualification in a specialist field in just two years.

We offer courses in:

Jayden Bregu 

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Jayden Bregu



2018 Senior Project and Policy Officer
Strategic Policy Unit, Health System Planning and Investment
NSW Ministry of Health
2017 Project and Policy Officer
Strategic Policy Unit, Health System Planning and Investment
NSW Ministry of Health
2016 NSW Government Graduate
NSW Government
2015 Master of Public Health 
University of Sydney 
2014 Bachelor of Science (Health)
University of Sydney 

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