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Bachelor of Health Science

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4656.3

AQF Level: 7

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 is 2021 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencment Year 2016 - 4656.2 Bachelor of Health Science

Commencment Year 2010 - 4656.1 Bachelor of Health Science

The Bachelor of Health Science provides an understanding of health sciences. Students choose one of five specialisations.

Health Promotion

Public Health

Health Service Management

Recreational Therapy

Clinical Sciences

These specialisations prepare students for work in related fields or to undertake further study. The health promotion, public health, health services management and recreational therapy programs qualify students for highly demanded positions in the workforce. The clinical sciences testamur major prepares students for graduate entry clinical health courses. Students have flexibility in their elective choices within the course and can select from a range of majors or submajors/minors, to complement their primary testamur major and extend their health discipline-specific knowledge and skill set.

The testamur majors Public Health, Health Promotion and Recreational Therapy are also offered as fully online courses.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Services Management) course has professional accreditation with the Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM). The Bachelor of Health Science (Therapeutic Recreation) has been granted accreditation from Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia (DRTA).


Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English.

For international students, admission is through direct application to the university with IELTS equal to 6.5 or above.

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Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

The health promotion, public health, health services management and recreational therapy specialisations each have work placements. These workplace-based placements are embedded in units within the testamur major and include threshold assessment tasks. Work placements are organised in NSW Health or other appropriate and equivalent placement settings. Students are supervised by qualified practitioners in these disciplines.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Work Integrated Learning Placements allow students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the health care setting. The course offers work placements blocks of 140hrs (Health Promotion and Public Health), 280hrs (Health Services Management) and 720hrs (Recreational Therapy). Clinical Sciences students can undertake a work placement by choosing a second major in M4019 Health Promotion, M4021 Public Health or M4020 Health Services Management. As most of these placements are with NSW Health, the special requirements are required to be completed in the students first year of study.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points. The 4656 course is made up of a compulsory core group of 8 subjects (80cp) that focus on the foundation knowledge and skills required by all health professionals. These subjects focus on population health, health professional competencies, communication, anatomy and physiology, human development across the lifespan, diseases, psychology, research and evidence and project development and management. All 4656 students share the same core and some of these subjects are also shared with other clinical health courses in the School of Health Science.

The Specialisation is added to the core set. It is the primary focus of the degree and is written on the testamur at graduation. Testamur majors in public health, health promotion, health services management and recreational therapy prepare graduates for industry-based health professional roles and course completion. Alternately, the Clinical Sciences testamur major has been designed as a pathway degree, to help students progress to post graduate study in clinical health areas. Clinical Sciences has been designed specifically to ensure foundation skills and presumed knowledge areas are covered.

Each testamur majors adds an additional 80cps to your course, except for recreational therapy which required an additional 120cp.

Recommended Sequence - Campbelltown and Online

Students must select and enrol in one of the following Major Testamurs before selecting individual units. Student can then choose a second major, two submajors or a selection of electives

Testamur Majors

Only for students enrolled in 4656 Health Science

MT4000Clinical Sciences
MT4001Health Promotion
MT4002Health Services Management
MT4003Public Health
MT4004Recreational Therapy


Chosen as a second major

M4019Health Promotion
M4020Health Services Management
M4021Public Health

Recommeded Sub-majors

SM4001Health Promotion
SM4002Health Practice Management
SM4003Public Health
SM4004Health and Recreation
SM4005Leisure for Diverse Groups
SM4006Sport Development
SM4007Physical Activity and Health
SM4008Exercise Science
SM3090Health Informatics
SM2054Global Sustainability


For any student at Western not enrolled in 4656 B Health Science

M4023Health Promotion Studies
M4022Public Health Studies


SM4001Health Promotion
SM4002Health Practice Management
SM4003Public Health
SM4004Health and Recreation

Recommended Sequence - Sydney City Campus

Click here for the recommended sequence at Sydney City Campus.

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

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

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

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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