Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (BHlthMedSc)

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The Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences provides general foundation studies in a broad range of areas in the Health and Medical Sciences, while also enabling students to specialise in one particular area of study as they progress through the degree.

The Clinical Trials Major will develop the expertise needed to design, develop and conduct clinical trials in hospitals, research organisations/institutes and pharmaceutical companies. 

The Medical Sciences Major will provide an understanding of how the human body functions in health and disease, and how treatments for disease are developed. An understanding will be gained of the fundamental medical science disciplines of anatomy, physiology, and pathology. 

The Neurosciences Major will provide an understanding of how the nervous system regulates the body and behaviour with a view to finding ways to prevent or cure neurological disorders.

The Nutritional Health Major will explore the body’s mechanical and physiological responses to food including how energy and nutrients from the food we eat is used. 

The Public Health Major will provide the skills to measure the health of populations, understand how social, cultural and economic factors influence contemporary health problems in Australia and internationally, and develop practical skills in health promotion and health educational strategies.

The Reproductive and Childhood Health Major will provide knowledge about fertility, conception, pregnancy and birth. The key health issues that affect children and adolescents will also be considered.

The Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational concepts/principles in selected disciplinary and inter-disciplinary areas in Health and Medical Sciences, with an in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge theoretical concepts and/or technical skills in relation to a specific major sequence of study.
2. Design and conduct a quantum of de novo/original research/experimental work as part of a small team, cognisant of safe and ethical practices.
3. Communicate effectively the outcomes of analytical investigations including: 3.1 evaluation/review of literature 3.2 de novo/original research/experimental work.
4. Demonstrate career-readiness and leadership appropriate for engaging in professional practice through: 4.1 operating collaboratively or independently 4.2 applying critical analysis and problem-solving skills 4.3 information/digital literacy 4.4 global and intercultural awareness.
5. Discuss and evaluate contemporary issues relating to Health and Medical Sciences, with cognisance of relevant ethical, social, cultural, political, economic and environmental influences.
6. Demonstrate an aptitude for inter-personal engagement through: 6.1 self-reflection 6.2 self-management 6.3 negotiation 6.4 inter-cultural understanding.

Condition of Enrolment

Immunisation: Prior to any clinical placement, students will need to provide evidence of immunisation status. Students are required to have the appropriate level of immunisation required by the Immunisation Guidelines for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Guideline for tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal history clearances (CHC), Prescribed Communicable Infections (PCI) screening, including recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 


Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences

There shall be a Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:  

  1. Level I courses to the value of no more than 30 units, of which at least 12 units are Health and Medical Science courses, and which may include the Core courses and Closed electives
  2. Level II Health and Medical Science courses to the value of at least 12 units, which may include the Core courses and Closed electives
  3. Level III Health and Medical Science courses to the value of at least 24 units, which must include Closed electives
  4. Core courses to the value of 6 units
  5. One major from the following:
    • Clinical Trials (27 units)
    • Medical Sciences (27 units)
    • Neurosciences (27 units)
    • Nutritional Health (27 units)
    • Public Health (24 units)
    • Reproductive and Childhood Health (27 units)
  6. Broadening Electives to the value of 9 units
  7. Additional elective courses to complete a total of 72 units for the program, which may include Closed and Open electives.


Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 6 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
HLTH SC 1002 Create. Communicate. Connect with Health and Medical Sciences 3
HLTH SC 2105 Reflect. Research. Resolve Questions in Health 3