Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle)

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Fri, 26 November

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IELTS
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ATAR
65
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Lismore
Start date
July
Course code
3007319
Course abbreviation
BHSc(HlthLifest)
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Course overview

The World Health Organisation estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030 – building the health workforce is a global health priority.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) is a foundation degree for students who wish to pursue a career in health, naturopathic medicine, or lifestyle medicine.

This course gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of health science (e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry), social science (e.g. psychology, counselling), lifestyle medicine (e.g. exercise physiology, nutritional medicine), clinical science (e.g. pharmacology, herbal medicine, clinical reasoning), scientific enquiry (e.g. evidence-based practice, research), and naturopathic medicine. Students also develop a theoretical and practical understanding of health promotion by undertaking a work-integrated health placement or professional engagement with Aboriginal communities.

Graduates are well-prepared for diverse para-professional roles in both clinical settings as an allied health assistant, health/lifestyle coach or massage therapist and non-clinical settings such as a community development officer, research and development officer or health promotion officer.

To practice as a Clinical Naturopath, students must successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) and the Southern Cross University Master of Naturopathic Medicine. Total full-time duration for both courses (Bachelor and Masters) is four years.

The World Health Organisation estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030 – building the health workforce is a global health priority.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) is a foundation degree for students who wish to pursue a career in health, naturopathic medicine, or lifestyle medicine.

This course gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of health science (e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry), social science (e.g. psychology, counselling), lifestyle medicine (e.g. exercise physiology, nutritional medicine), clinical science (e.g. pharmacology, herbal medicine, clinical reasoning), scientific enquiry (e.g. evidence-based practice, research), and naturopathic medicine. Students also develop a theoretical and practical understanding of health promotion by undertaking a work-integrated health placement or professional engagement with Aboriginal communities.

Graduates are well-prepared for diverse para-professional roles in both clinical settings as an allied health assistant, health/lifestyle coach or massage therapist and non-clinical settings such as a community development officer, research and development officer or health promotion officer.

To practice as a Clinical Naturopath, students must successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) and the Southern Cross University Master of Naturopathic Medicine. Total full-time duration for both courses (Bachelor and Masters) is four years.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. satisfactory completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the Recognised Countries (see below), including at least two years between years 7 and 12; or
  2. completed at least two years (full time equivalent combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed solely in English, in one of the Recognised Countries; or
  3. a. the IELTS (academic module) minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four components: or
  4. the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 59 and a minimum score of 59 in each of the four communicative skills; or
  5. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 79 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 20 listening, 19 reading, 24 writing, and 20 speaking; or
  6. successful completion of the English for Academic Purposes 3 program at SCU College.

Recognised Countries means the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UK and USA.

Please note, Rule 2 Schedule B test scores equivalencies do not apply to this course.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score or equivalent6.5
Reading6.5
Writing6.5
Listening6.5
Speaking6.5

About the course

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) provides a direct pathway into the Master of Naturopathic Medicine.

The 24 units of study in this course (including 23 core units and 1 elective unit) centre around three themes:

  • Profession and Principles: professional contexts in naturopathic medicine 1-2; language and learning in your discipline.
  • Practitioner and Practice: exercise physiology; introductory pharmacology; nutritional medicine; botanical medicine; manual and mind-body medicine; clinical studies in naturopathic medicine 1-5; work-integrated health placement (elective); working with Aboriginal communities I (elective).
  • Patient and Population: introduction to science for health professionals; human anatomy; human physiology I and II; biological chemistry and human metabolism; psychology and sociology for health professionals; introduction to evidence for health science practitioners; health promotion and wellness; counselling theory and practice; practice-based health research.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreTerm  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Interpret evidence-based clinical-decision making frameworks appropriate for contemporary health and lifestyle contexts

Use initiative and problem-solving skills to respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

Understand and function within applicable professional competencies, scope of practice, codes of conduct, codes of ethics, laws and policies

Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of health and lifestyle philosophies, theories and frameworks in applicable professional contexts

Demonstrate a body of knowledge and skills derived from the physical, biological, behavioural, clinical and social sciences

Use reflection to guide professional development and to be a self-directed and life-long learner

Demonstrate and apply well-developed verbal and written communication skills applicable to diverse settings with high academic and professional integrity

Collaborate effectively with a diverse range of individuals, groups and interdisciplinary teams

Demonstrate respect and responsiveness to socio-cultural preferences, needs and values of individuals and groups in diverse settings

Display social responsibility to others in the community and within the broader healthcare setting


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used in this course including essays, case studies, presentations, discussion forums, portfolios and literature reviews. Each unit comprises up to three assessment items.

Teaching methods

Standard: On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including tutorials, workshops, practicals, professional placement, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may engage in a combination of podcast or video-linked tutorials, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums, and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates are well-prepared for diverse para-professional roles in clinical and non-clinical settings, such as:

  • Health/lifestyle coach
  • Health/lifestyle consultant
  • Health promotion officer
  • Research and development officer
  • Allied health assistant
  • Massage therapist
  • Care coordinator
  • Community development officer
  • Health writer
  • Project officer.
Professional placement

This course includes a professional placement, with the choice of either a work-integrated health placement or professional engagement with Aboriginal communities.

There are regulatory requirements that students must meet before commencing professional placements.

Professional recognition

Accreditation for this new course is pending with the following associations:

  • Complementary Medicine Association
  • Massage Myotherapy Association.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Health Science (Heath and Lifestyle), students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) comprising the first eight units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
PSYC1003Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
BIOL1004Biological Chemistry and Human Metabolism
NATM2004Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Foundations
Students are eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health following completion of the above 8 units
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
NATM2005Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Ethics and Law
NUTR2001Nutritional Medicine
NATM2001Botanical Medicine
NATM2003Massage and Mind-body Medicine
NATM2002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
PBHL1002Health Promotion and Wellness
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research
NATM3001Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Integumentary and Gastrointestinal systems
NATM3002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 3: Musculoskeletal and Nervous systems
NATM3003Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 4: Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems
NATM3004Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 5: Urogenital and Endocrine systems
Elective
Choose one of the following elective units:
NATM3005Work-integrated Health Placement
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Term1,3,5
N/A
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,3
Session1,3
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
Lismore
Session1,3
Session1,3
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
Lismore
Session2,3
Session2,3
PSYC1003Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
BIOL1004Biological Chemistry and Human Metabolism
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Students are eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health following completion of the above 8 units

Second Year

STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,3
Session1
Pre-requisites36 credit points
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
Enrolment informationThe laboratory activities within this unit require students to fulfil certain vaccination compliance requirements prior to attending laboratory classes. As some vaccination protocols can take up to 5 months to complete, we encourage you to prepare now. Compliance requirements include SCU Vaccination requirements in accordance with state Health policies: NSW Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases; and QLD Health Vaccination Requirements. SCU has incorporated a combined NSW and QLD vaccination procedure as students may need to attend laboratory classes in both states. Full details of vaccination compliance requirements for this unit are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session3
Pre-requisitesFor students in Bachelor of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse Pathway (3007303): Must have completed or be currently enrolled in HBIO1005 - Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology For all other students: BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I

Third Year

PBHL1002Health Promotion and Wellness
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationTo meet the accreditation standards of these courses, all students are required to meet participation requirements to pass the unit. A record of attendance will be kept.
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
Term3,5
OR
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A


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