Indigenous Health and Wellbeing - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Extended major

Available in the Bachelor of Health Science

This extended major will provide you with the skills you'll need to help tackle the range of health issues faced by Indigenous peoples both locally and globally. You will learn the principles of health promotion and skills in the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion plans.

In this extended major, you will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of Indigenous health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and the unique challenges faced in the area.

You will 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 willl also get practical experience through a work placement in your final year of study, helping you to be job-ready. Choose from a range of electives to further tailor your studies to your career aspirations.

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

Career opportunities

Community, Government and not for profit sector in community health management, health policy development, project development and management, health promotion and disease prevention, international health and research.

Graduates are eligible to become members of:
  • Indigenous Allied Health Australia 
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association
  • 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.

For more information contact:

Program Coordinator (Bachelor of Health Science)
Kara Lilly

Extended Major (11)

For an extended major in Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, students must successfully complete 11 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
SCS130 Introduction to Indigenous Australia F
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
 
HLT242 Indigenous Wellbeing Practice
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
Pre: HLT150 or SCS130 or OCC102
HLT341 Indigenous Wellbeing Research
  • Online: Semester 1
 
PUB252 Health Promotion Assessment and Planning
  • Online: Semester 1
Anti: CPH252 or PUB722.
PUB262 Environmental Health Risk Management
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
 
PUB271 Health Promotion Principles
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
 
SCS201 International Community Development and Global Justice
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1
 
SWK251 Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 2
Anti: SCS251
GEO310 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
Anti: GEO210 or GEO700
PUB305 Public Health Practicum 24 units
  • Sunshine Coast: Session 4, Semester 2
Pre: Enrolled in SC344, SC354, SC367, SC373 or SC375 and permission required for enrolment - please contact the course coordinator.
Anti: WPL310 or WPL311 or WPL320 or HLT326 or PUB352 or PUB332
PUB351 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation L
  • Online: Semester 2
 

Minor (4)

For a minor in Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, students must successfully complete 4 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
HLT150 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations F
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
 
PUB271 Health Promotion Principles
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
 
HLT242 Indigenous Wellbeing Practice
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
Pre: HLT150 or SCS130 or OCC102
HLT341 Indigenous Wellbeing Research L
  • Online: Semester 1