Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBHealthSci(Hons)
CRICOS code068372K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 1657; email

Course coordinator

Dr Charles Livingstone


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course allows students who are enrolled in course 3882 Bachelor of Health Science to undertake a public and health science honours program as a fourth year of study. Graduates from other disciplines can also apply for entry into the degree, assuming equivalence of studies.

Supervision of honours projects will be primarily provided by staff from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, although opportunity exists for students to identify a project and co-supervisor with Monash partner organisations such as the Burnet Institute, the Baker-IDI (Heart and Diabetes Institute), and others. In keeping with the degree's focus on health in a global context and the breadth of expertise in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine (SPHPM) and its partner organisations, it is expected that a range of local, national, and internationally-focussed honours projects will be available for students.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • plan, develop and conduct original and ethical research
  • critically review and analyse public health, health science and related literatures and research
  • demonstrate effective communication skills
  • perform scientifically relevant and appropriate procedures and techniques as required to satisfactorily complete and report on a research project
  • demonstrate proficiency in the skills of computer-based data acquisition, cleansing, analytical and presentation
  • demonstrate understanding of ethical, theoretical and methodological issues in scientific research
  • present potentially publishable reports of research projects
  • recognise the breadth and diversity of public health and health sciences within a global context
  • demonstrate the capacity to critically examine public health and health science-related issues within a global context.

Entry requirements

To be considered for entry to the Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Health Science, students are required to have:

  • satisfied the requirements for completion of the Bachelor of Health Science degree, or a three or four year Australian Bachelor degree in any discipline, or an overseas qualification assessed as equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree
  • undertaken and satisfactorily completed a minimum of six units at the highest level of the completed degree and obtained an average of at least 70 per cent in those units.


This course consists of supervised research and coursework components.


First semester

  • HSC4011 Advanced studies in contemporary and global health research
  • HSC4001 Health science research project 1

Second semester

  • HSC4002 Health science research project 2


Honours degree of Bachelor of Health Science