Course Description

In today's complex health systems in Australia, there is increasing demand for comprehensive primary health care roles related to the improvement and maintenance of individual and community health and wellbeing. Health professionals with specialised skills, in-depth industry knowledge and an understanding of health beyond illness and disease are needed to plan, manage, coordinate and administer infrastructure and resources.

There is a discrete and integrated focus on Indigenous health throughout this degree underpinned by a social justice, social determinants of health and cultural safety framework.

The Bachelor of Health Science is a flexible program that prepares students to apply integrated and multidisciplinary knowledge to a range of areas in the health industry and beyond. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills required to work in the areas of health promotion, health services management, and public health. This course also offers a foundation pathway for occupational therapy studies.

The course has an emphasis on understanding the challenges of working in diverse contexts of urban, rural and remote communities. It also offers an ongoing pathway for VET graduates as well as prerequisite knowledge and skills for graduate programs in allied health, public health and medicine.

This course has a range of flexible delivery options that include workshops, online, face-to-face and external learning platforms. Students have the option to choose one of four streams to enrol in: Health Promotion, Health Services Management, Public Health or Foundations of Occupational Therapy.


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Course codes

Charles Darwin University (CDU) Code: WHSC01