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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

As a student in the Bachelor of Science (Health), you will complete the Health stream (including a major in Health), a second major or a minor, and 12 cp of Open Learning Environment units. In first year you will complete 48 cp, including 12 cp of mathematics degree core units and a selection of biology and psychology units. In second year you will undertake a unit on Research Methods in Health. In third year you will choose four units from a selection of research, interdisciplinary, disciplinary and health units.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science (Health)

Sem Unit of study
1 1 Introduction to Health and Health Care Human Biology or Life and Evolution Mathematics Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A
  2 Society and Health Psychology Mathematics / Data Science Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy B
2 1 Research Methods in Health OLE OLE Body Systems and Human Performance
  2 Innovations in eHeatlh Elective Fundamentals of Movement Science Neuroscience in Health and Disease
3 1 Health elective* Health elective* Elective Motor Control and Learning
  2 Health elective* Health elective* Biomechanics or Anatomical Analysis of Exercise Exercise Physiology

Human Movement major listed as second major.

* Health elective units include: Indigenous health, strategy and policy, health ethics and the law, health research, international health, health promotion, rural health, mental health, ageing, health promotion, and community placements.

Click Here to download a full sample study planner with elective.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. All students undertake some study in mathematics. For the Human Movement major: Chemistry, Mathematics

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.


Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

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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