University of Technology Sydney

C09049v2 Bachelor of Public Health (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Public Health (Honours) (BPH(Hons))
CRICOS code: 098041C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


This course provides the opportunity for eligible graduates of the Bachelor of Public Health (C10360) to extend their skills and understanding of the research process. It emphasises the reciprocal relationship between health research and the contexts of local and global health.

This course provides Bachelor of Health Science graduates with the opportunity to develop skills in clinically focused research. The course deepens students' understanding of the importance of research in health.

The course places public health research within the professional, philosophical, historical, social, cultural and political contexts of health. The honours program is regarded as a research apprenticeship and requires an extensive commitment from students. It is an opportunity to produce a substantial piece of work, conduct research and/or explore research data in an area of interest at much more depth and more independently than has been possible in previous undergraduate studies.

Course aims

The purpose of the course is to enable public health graduates to conduct research relevant to a health area in any of its dimensions. It aims to develop students' skills in using research designs and methodologies, and to reinforce their understanding of the crucial role of research in the evolution of heath. Students also develop academic writing skills to produce a dissertation.

Career options

Career options include positions in health promotion, advocacy, health education, e-health, health data and information management systems, planning and policy, project management and evaluation, community development, research and consultancy across both public and private health sectors, physiotherapy (pathway) and pharmacy (pathway).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Advocate for and work towards socially just outcomes in a variety of contexts
1.2 Develop evidence informed solutions reflecting in-depth knowledge of the social determinants of health
1.3 Recognise and respond to the diverse health needs of communities both locally and abroad
2.1 Demonstrate adaptable and novel thinking within changing environments to maximise outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders
2.2 Utilise enquiry-based learning to develop innovative approaches to complex issues
2.3 Manage and adapt to the environment to maximise integration of care and outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders
2.4 Identify opportunities for change and support others through change processes
2.5 Apply newly generated or existing data to inform optimal care and/or service development
3.1 Communicate and collaborate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations
3.2 Consider and develop the health literacy of varied population groups and articulate the impact this has on effective communication and health care delivery
3.3 Facilitate the growth and development of self and others through responsive leadership
3.4 Contribute to environments that support and promote inter- and trans- disciplinary collaboration
3.5 Display sensitive judgement in deciding when to lead, and when to support leadership from those with more appropriate cultural or community credentials
4.1 Promote health equity by recognising and seeking to address disadvantage
4.2 Make use of research and data to enable responsible, ethical and equitable service provision
4.3 Appreciate and articulate respect for diverse populations with varied health literacies and needs
5.1 Identify appropriate information resources and apply effective and creative solutions for the improvement of individuals and communities
5.2 Take a lively and questioning approach to developing optimal healthcare delivery
5.3 Critically evaluate research and practice for socially driven change
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course may be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course comprises 48 credit points, made up of two dissertation subjects (totalling 36 credit points) and one research methodology subject (12 credit points).

Course completion requirements

92268 Public Health Honours Dissertation 1 18cp
92269 Public Health Honours Dissertation 2 18cp
92618 Health Care Research Methodology 12cp
Total 48cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

Research administration officer
telephone +61 2 9514 4834

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

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