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Create healthier lives

With the health sector growing, on the Sunshine Coast and wider, take advantage of exciting career opportunities in health.

This program prepares you to tackle current and future health and well-being needs of individuals, communities, and populations, both locally and globally.

The first year of study allows you to gain a strong foundation knowledge in health science through a number of required introductory courses.

You’ll specialise in one of six health science Extended Majors: Applied Health Promotion, Applied Environmental Health, Health Communication, Epidemiology and Public Health, Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. You will need to select a specialisation within the first year of your study.

During your studies, you’ll develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills and interdisciplinary approach needed to deal with current and emerging health issues.

You’ll also get the knowledge and skills you need to be job-ready with professional placement, elective options or special courses as required by your Extended Major.

Post-admission requirements

Before undertaking work place learning, students must undergo a criminal history check and obtain a Blue Card. Refer to Program requirements and notes.

Career opportunities

Health policy development, project development and management, environmental health officer, epidemiologist, research analyst, health communication specialist, health writers, health education officer, clinical prosthetist and/or orthotists, technician, health policy development and project development.

Membership

Students and graduates may become members/associate members of Australian professional associations and bodies relevant to their Extended Major area of study. These include; Australian Health Promotion Association; Public Health Association of Australia; Environmental Health Australia; International Epidemiological Association; Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Inc. following AOPA accreditation of the program and Indigenous Allied Health Australia – Associate Membership.

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Extended Majors

Health Communication

If you’re creative and love to communicate, then a career in health communication could be for you. You’ll study the role and use of behavioural science and communication strategies to promote public health and improve the delivery of health care; the connections between health and the behaviour of people; health education and behaviour change theories, frameworks and strategies; health promotion; and the use of media to communicate health information.

You’ll also get practical experience through a work placement in your final year of study, helping you to be job-ready.

This extended major will prepare you for a career in health communication, behavioural science research, health education, health promotion, public health, health media and public relations in health.

Career opportunities

Health communication specialist, health writers, health education officer, health promotion officer, health marketer, health editor, health public relations officer/manager

Membership

Australian Health Promotion Association; Public Health Association of Australia; International Union for Health Promotion and Education.

Extended major lead

Dr Rachel Cole

Applied Environmental Health

If you enjoy variety and can see yourself in a role that educates others and regulates their activities, then consider a career in environmental health.

You’ll study links between the physical environment and human health; public health and sustainable development principles; human and environment interactions; environment and public health planning; and assessing and managing risks from environmental hazards on the health of people.

You’ll also get practical experience through a work placement in your final year of study, helping you to be job-ready.

The program prepares you for a career in environmental health, environmental management or risk management.

Career opportunities

Environmental health officer or specialist in local or state government, academia or the corporate sector, environmental management or risk management, overseas health agencies, particularly in the area of food, water and sanitation for emergency and disaster management.

Membership

Environmental Health Australia; Public Health Association of Australia; Australian Health Promotion Association.

Amy Barlow

Amy Barlow

"I'm so excited! The Public Health Unit does a really wide range of things from food-borne illness, food labelling, anything to do with drugs and poisons, pharmacy and hospital inspections. One day you can be in the office, the next you're out in the middle of nowhere." Read more...

Extended major lead

Jane-Louise Lampard

Applied Health Promotion

If you’d like to work directly with communities to identify issues (such as nutrition or sexual health) and develop strategies that meet their needs, then look no further than a career in health promotion.

You’ll study the science of contemporary health promotion at individual, group and population levels; development of health promotion; design, implementation and evaluation of health policies and programs; health promotion settings, populations and issues; environmental health; epidemiology; and research.

You’ll also get practical experience through a work placement in your final year of study, helping you to be job-ready.

The program meets national and international health promotion competency standards and prepares you for a career in health promotion, health policy development or disease prevention.

Career opportunities

Roles in health promotion, health policy development, project development and management, disease prevention and early detection, community and international health in community-based health care, government, hospitals, private health care, and not-for-profit organisations.

Membership

Australian Health Promotion Association; Public Health Association of Australia; International Union for Health Promotion and Education.

Tahni Roberts

Tahni Roberts

"I really wanted to help people, that was my main goal. When I stumbled upon Health Promotion, I really liked the idea of what it offered and I have never regretted the decision to do it. It's a great way to help the community and people." Read more...

Extended major lead

Dr Rachel Cole

Epidemiology and Public Health

If you’re all about numbers and logic, read on. Epidemiology and public health professionals undertake the critical task of observing patterns of disease, which informs the work of other health professionals.

Your study will focus on describing disease patterns in human populations; identifying causes of disease; and providing data for the management, evaluation and planning of services for the prevention, control and treatment of disease.

You’ll also get practical experience through a work placement in your final year of study, helping you to be job-ready.

Career opportunities

Epidemiologist, research analyst, research assistant, public policy, or public health officer

Membership

International Epidemiological Association; Australasian Epidemiological Association; Public Health Association of Australia; Australian Health Promotion Association

Extended major lead

Dr Rachel Cole

Prosthetics and Orthotics

If you are creatively or technically-minded and enjoy working with people, consider a career in prosthetics and orthotics. Prosthetists or orthotists work through the whole diverse process in their jobs, from client assessment and care to the design of devices, and to their manufacturing.

Your studies will equip you to assess clients, provide treatment plans and manufacture devices to help address the functional limitations of people resulting from illness, disease or disability.

This extended major will provide you with specialist training in an increasingly high-tech area of health. Take advantage of USC’s expertise in biomechanics, robotics and 3D printing technology, which are becoming increasingly relevant in prosthetics and orthotics.

This is the first and only program in Queensland that allows you to specialise in prosthetics and orthotics.

Career opportunities

Clinical Prosthetist and/or Orthotist. The profession is prominent within public and private hospital settings, community based organisations, aged care facilities, the private health sector and academic arena. Services that may include allied health, rehabilitation and assistive technology services, are delivered across the entire age spectrum; resulting in services within the primary, secondary and tertiary care sectors.

Membership

Accreditation is being sought from the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Inc.

Extended major lead

Ben Lucas

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

If you want to make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous people at an individual and population level, then this extended major will prepare you.

You can gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the unique challenges faced in the area.

You’ll study the knowledge and ways of knowing for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to contemporary and traditional health; design, implementation and evaluation of health policies and health promotion programs; health service management; research; and cultural safety and competency.

You’ll also get practical experience through a work placement in your final year of study, helping you to be job-ready.

You can further tailor your studies to your aspirations through the health-related minor you select. Choose from: Community Care; Community Development; Management; Human Resource Management; Public Policy; and Sociology.

If you already have relevant Certificate IV or Diploma level qualifications, you can apply for credit for your previous study.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health major prepares you for a career in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health policy development, community health management, health promotion and disease prevention.

Career opportunities

Community and Government sector in community health management, health policy development, project development and management, health promotion and disease prevention, Aboriginal and hospital liaison, research.

Membership

Indigenous Allied Health Australia – Associate Membership; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association – Associate Member or Full Member for those who hold a minimum of Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care; Rural Health Workforce Australia – National Rural Health Student’s Network; Australian Health Promotion Association; Public Health Association of Australia’ International Union for Health Promotion and Education; Australian Environmental Health Association.

Extended major lead

Melody Muscat

What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (8)

COR109 Communication and Thought
HLT140 Think Health
HLT205 Health Research and Evidence
PUB104 Introduction to Behavioural Health
PUB112 Public Health Foundations
SCI110 Science Research Methods

PLUS select 1 course from:

LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
CMN120 Public Relations: Contemporary Perspectives **
** (only applicable to students undertaking Health Communication)

PLUS select 1 course from*:

PUB102 Environment and Health (required if completing an extended major in the following: Applied Health Promotion; Applied Environmental Health; Epidemiology and Public Health; Health Communication and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health major with Environmental Health minor)
LFS122 Human Anatomy (required if completing the Prosthetics and Orthotics extended major)
BUS104 Introduction to Management (required if completing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health major with Human Resource Management minor or Management minor)
SCS110 Introduction to Sociology: Society, Culture and Change (required if completing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health major with Community Development minor)
INT140 An Introduction to Australian and Comparative Politics (required if completing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health major with Public Policy minor)

*You must choose a course that is NOT in your selected Extended Major or Major/Minor combination.

Advanced courses (12)

Select 12 courses from your chosen extended major:

Elective courses (4) ∇ 

PLUS select 4 advanced  (200/300 coded) elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering), with the exception of HLT326 Health Practicum, WPL310 Workplace Learning I and WPL320 Workplace Learning II**

 ∇ Note for students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics:
Due to pre requisite and external accreditation requirements, you will be required to undertake the following 4 courses in place of electives:

LFS112 Human Physiology
HLT102 Introduction to Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice
SPX201 Functional Anatomy
SPX231 Motor Control and Learning

** HLT326 Health Practicum, WPL310 Workplace Learning I and WPL320 Workplace Learning II are not elective options for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science program due to limited industry placement opportunities.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory courses, including the core course
  • Complete a minimum of 14 advanced (200 or 300 coded) courses
  • Register your selected major and/or minor 
Program notes
  • For Sippy Downs students some courses in this program will be taught at the Sunshine Coast Heath Institute
  • Hold a valid Blue Card from the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for PSBA to issue the card. Note: students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the work place learning component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements
  • Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state / territory authority)
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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