Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 titleBPH(Hons)
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (South Africa)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: +27 11 950 4009; email:

Course coordinator

Professor Geoffrey Setswe


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.


This course allows students who are enrolled in course 4502 Bachelor of Public Health to undertake a public and health science honours program as a fourth year of study. Graduates from other disciplines with equivalent studies may also be eligible for entry into this honours course.

Supervision of honours projects will be provided by staff from the School of Health Sciences at Monash South Africa (MSA). It is expected that a range of local, national, and internationally-focussed honours projects will be available to students.


At completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:

  • critically examine contemporary public health issues within a global context
  • critically review the scientific literature relevant to their discipline
  • describe the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project
  • develop a proposal for a research project and apply for ethics committee approval
  • execute and analyse a research project, or a set of studies
  • be proficient in computer based data collection, manipulation and analysis
  • write up scientific work in a report suitable for publication
  • effectively communicate their research findings to a specialist scientific audience in oral and written format
  • develop a range of technical skills appropriate to their project.

Entry requirements

Students who have completed a bachelor degree or similar qualification, other than the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH), may be granted admission into the course if the qualification is judged to be equivalent to the BPH by the MSA School of Health Sciences.


This course consists of three core units.


  • HSC4101 Public health research proposal (12 credit points)
  • HSC4102 Contemporary and global public health issues (12 credit points)
  • HSC4201 Public health research report (24 credit points)


Honours degree of Bachelor of Public Health