Key Program - Social Health Studies

Western Sydney University Key Program Code: KP4545SHS.1

This version of the specialisation is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find unitset currently available.

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : NO

The Social Health Studies key program aims to give graduates an in-depth understanding of the social and behavioural processes contributing to health and illness. It allows students to draw from a suite of specialist units that examine the social and behavioural nature and social impact of health and illness within society. It also provides access to the latest research and knowledge about health in society.


Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Penrith Campus Internal Ms Margaret Skropeta

Key Program Structure

Qualification for the Bachelor of Health Science with a Key Program in Social Health Studies requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.


Year 1

Autumn session

400783 Professional Pathways in Health Science
300361 Introduction to Human Biology
400780 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Mental Health
400781 Dynamics of Health

Spring session

400962 Foundations of Wellbeing
400136 Introduction to the Psychology of Health
400137 Introduction to Research for Health Sciences

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

400782 Essentials of Health Promotion

And two units from the Social Health Studies Unit Pool

And one elective

Spring session

400965 Health Care Systems

Two units from the Social Health Studies Unit Pool

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Two units from the Social Health Studies Unit Pool

And two electives

Spring session

101326 Work-based Learning Project: Humanitarian, Peace and Health Studies
400786 Professional Transition Project

And one elective

Social Health Studies Unit Pool

101318 Gender and Society
101319 Drugs, Addiction and Society
101322 Family Life, Health and Leisure
101325 Children, Wellbeing and Society
101326 Work-based Learning Project: Humanitarian, Peace and Health Studies
101336 Introduction to Sociology
101351 Health and Personality
101352 Mind, Body and Emotion
101369 Statistical Knowledge and Social Power
101370 Power, Control and Decision Making
400086 Adulthood and Ageing
400088 Critical Qualitative Research

All units not available each year - please check timetable for availability

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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