Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 025959E

Level of study: Undergraduate


The world is complex. And while we’re making serious inroads, many aspects of the human mind, behaviour and health are still beyond our understanding. There’s still so much to discover. As culture and technology continue to rapidly transform, we need skilled, empathetic and creative professionals who are passionate about broadening our understanding of both the world and our bodies – intelligent and caring people who want to create healthier communities in Australia, and around the globe.

If you're curious about the world, and passionate about making it a healthier and fairer place, La Trobe's Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences will give you everything you need to pursue your passion and your profession.

Develop essential skills that you'll use for the rest of your life. Creative thinking. Critical analysis. The ability to understand and communicate with a wide range of people. And the knowledge you'll acquire – across both arts and health – will set you up for a successful career in a wide range of industries across both sectors. Once you've graduated, you'll also have the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study in health and science, including clinical programs, or any one of our humanities and social sciences postgraduate programs.

The health and medical sciences major include both theory and lab practice units. For example, if you major in public health, you'll learn about environmental health issues, global health initiatives and health care systems. Or if you major in rehabilitation counselling, you'll explore the psychosocial perspective of health and illness, the issues related to living with chronic health problems, and sports and exercise psychology.

Gain real-world experience and build valuable connections that will shape your career. Take on an industry placement in a range of workplaces, including hospitals, regional health organisations or community organisations like SBS Radio, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre or the United Nations Association of Australia or travel overseas for an international sustainability experience.

You'll learn:

Critical and creative thinking: Delve into complex problems. Learn how to see new possibilities and turn them into reality.

Professional health practice: Build your understanding of the Australian health system. Understand how individuals connect with services, while learning about your preferred health profession.

Communication: Learn how to connect, communicate and collaborate with the public and future colleagues.

Anatomy and physiology

Understand the structures of the human body. Explore the cellular, nervous, muscular, endocrine, renal and gastrointestinal systems and how they impact people's health.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Career outcomes:

After graduation, you could pursue opportunities in a wide range of sectors and industries, including government, healthcare agencies, community health centres, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, geriatric care and private healthcare organisations.

Possible career options include:

Public health manager - Create policies and systems that protect public health.

Health promotion coordinator - Oversee good health practices to promote the wellbeing of community groups.

Human rights advocate - Create change through public campaigning and private lobbying.

Community development manager - Design and deliver projects and programs to improve the quality of life for communities and disadvantaged populations.

Rehabilitation counsellor - Assist individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
37,800 Per Year 18 Jul 2022 4 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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