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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered bySchool of Health Sciences
Campus(es)Caulfield, South Africa


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


Health science is a multi-disciplinary field of study that involves applying scientific approaches to the study of health. It includes aspects of biomedical sciences such as physiology, epidemiology, preventive medicine, and pharmacology, and aspects of social sciences such as sociology, program development and evaluation, and policy analysis.

Undergraduate studies in health science are designed to provide students with foundation skills and knowledge in determinants of health and disease, epidemiology, health care systems, health promotion and disease prevention, policy analysis and health sociology. Courses have a distinctly global orientation, examining Australian and international health challenges. Monash's health science programs are flexible, offering the opportunity to study electives from across the University, and include double degree options with social work or business.

Graduates have a solid foundation for a professional health career in the wide range of public and private sector organisations working to improve health. Employment may be found in public and private sector health organisations, government health departments, non-government health agencies and research centres. Students may also take the course as a pathway to postgraduate clinical programs (e.g. medicine, social work, nursing and allied health) as well as honours and higher degrees by research.


Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Business

To meet the requirements of the health science/public health elective unit sequence in this course, students complete:

(a.) two units from:

  • HSC2051 Health program planning
  • HSC2062 Communicating health
  • HSC2092 Community development and partnerships
  • HSC2102 Introduction to clinical research
  • HSC2111 Treatments and technologies
  • HSC2142 Research methods in the health sciences

(b.) four units from:

  • HSC3001 Health, law and ethics
  • HSC3011 Contemporary health challenges
  • HSC3041 Disease prevention and control
  • HSC3052 Health promotion in community and organisational settings
  • HSC3061 Health program evaluation
  • HSC3072 Health policy and politics
  • HSC3082 Health promotion practicum
  • HSC3102 Environmental determinants of health and disease
  • HSC3131 Quantitative research design and analysis
  • HSC3132 Action in public health research

For the schedule of units required to complete any other course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1657; email

Relevant courses

  • 3882 Bachelor of Health Science
  • 4503 Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Business
  • 3870 Bachelor Health Science and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 3965 Bachelor Health Science and Bachelor of Social Work (with Honours)
  • 4502 Bachelor of Public Health
  • 3971 Honours degree of the Bachelor of Health Science