The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Health) is a 108-unit program for which 72 units of block credit is automatically granted on the basis of completion of a prior bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification. The Bachelor of Letters (Health) normally requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time study. It is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The Health stream will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Faculty Board may, however, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who can understand the evidence-base of health issues and who can apply the knowledge from their chosen area of health study. Graduates of this degree will be able to add their additional health knowledge to their first degree in order to broaden their professional skill base.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the award, students will be expected to demonstrate:

  • understanding of the fundamental knowledge relevant to the health specialisation under study
  • understanding of individual, social and environmental perspectives of the health specialisation under study
  • critical analysis of health outcomes for individuals and communities
  • application of critical thinking and evidence-based approach to analysis of health issues
  • critical appraisal of health policy
  • articulation of international and global issues in health
  • understanding of inter-professional, ethical and cross-cultural dimensions of health
  • understanding of the impact of social determinants on the health of Indigenous peoples
  • engagement in health-related research
  • exploration of opportunities for innovation and enterprise in health.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Letters (Helath), a student must complete 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Stream - Health

18 units comprising:

 HLTH1305  Health Practitioner Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1306  Health Practitioner Practice 2  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2101  Critical Social Analysis of Health (4.5 units)
 HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)

Plus 18 units comprising any of:

 AGES1001  Foundation Skills in Ageing Studies  (4.5 units)
 AGES1002  Attitudes, Language and Communication Influencing the Experience of Ageing  (4.5 units)
 AGES1010  The Experience of Dementia: People Perspectives  (4.5 units)
 AGES1011  Enhancing Life with Meaningful Activities  (4.5 units)
 AGES1012  Quality Care and Support for People with Dementia  (4.5 units)
 AGES2002  Enabling Environments for Older People  (4.5 units)
 AGES2010  Age as an Asset: Productive Ageing  (4.5 units)
 AGESxxxx  Mental Health and Ageing  (4.5 units)

 DSRS1201  Perspectives on Disability and Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1202  Lifespan Development  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1206  Health Issues and Disability  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1209  Human Diversity  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1210  Interpersonal and Group Skills  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1215  Communication and Language  (4.5 units)
 DSRS1216  Introduction to Principles of Learning  (4.5 units)

 HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1004  Human Bioscience  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1101  Health Promotion for Health Professionals  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1304  Communication and Interprofessional Practice  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2102  Indigenous Health for Health Sciences  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2105  Health: A Psychological Perspective  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2106  Project Management for Health Promotion  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3108  Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management  (4.5 units)

 NUTD1101 The Australian Table: An Introduction to Food and Food Culture (4.5 units)
 NUTD1105  Food Systems  (4.5 units)
 NUTD1106  Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health  (4.5 units)
 NUTD2101  Nutrition Across the Lifecycle  (4.5 units)
 NUTD2105  Individual, Social and Environmental Perspectives on Food Consumption (4.5 units)
 NUTD3102  Nutrients Role and Function  (4.5 units)