Bachelor of Health Science

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4545.4

CRICOS Code: 044779G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2008 or 2009.

Commencement Year 2007 - 4545.3 Bachelor of Health Science

Commencement Year 2005 to 2006 - 4545.2 Bachelor of Health Science

Commencement Year 2002 to 2004 - 4545.1 Bachelor fo Health Science

The Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) degree is structured on a recognition that health is a highly complex and multidimensional concept. The course has been developed as a multistrand course which in addition to providing core skills and introductory knowledge, allows for the development of comprehensive and specialised skills and knowledge within defined key programs of study, according to the students’ interests and future professional and career aspirations.

Key Program descriptions are provided below.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science can apply for full membership of the following Accreditation bodies associated with this program: Australian College of Health Service Executives; Health Promotion Association of New South Wales; Diversional Therapy Association of Australia.


Any two units of English.

Potential students normally apply for admission to the course through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). Other admission schemes of the University are available. International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via their website.

International Office

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units within one of the following Key Programs

Recommended Sequence


KP4545HPROHealth Promotion

The Health Promotion key program focuses on enabling individuals and communities to increase control over factors that influence health and wellbeing. Students will develop skills enabling them to work on specific health promotion projects such as injury prevention, skin cancer prevention, HIV/AIDs awareness, and community development projects, as well as in areas that deal with policy initiative, development and evaluation.

KP4545HSMHealth Services Management

The Health Services Management key program aims to develop beginning level health managers who will understand and, with experience, will facilitate the new directions that health care systems are taking. Graduates will be skilled in managing and responding to rapid changes within the health care system, the broader political sphere and in areas that deal with policy initiative, development and evaluation.

KP4545SHSSocial Health Studies

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.

KP4545TRTherapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation key program provides students with expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating therapeutic recreation programs for people who experience barriers to participation in leisure and recreation programs such as in special schools, aged care facilities, as well as health care and community settings. Such leisure and recreation participation provides a variety of benefits that promote health and wellbeing. The curriculum aims to produce a graduate who can utilise the appropriate process and content to provide leisure and recreation programs, services for a range of people who experience disabilities, illness or disadvantage.


These majors are available to Health Promotion, Health Service Management and Therapeutic Recreation students only.

The sharing of some common units across the key programs of Health Promotion, Health Service Management and Therapeutic Recreation in addition to the common core, means that these students may complete a second program of study to graduate with a Key Program (shown on testamur) and a major (shown on their transcript).

M4545HPHealth Promotion
M4545HSMHealth Services Management
M4545TRTherapeutic Recreation

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

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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