Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle)

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 7:41 AM on Thu, 1 December

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
ATAR
65
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore
Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3007319
Course abbreviation
BHSc(HlthLifest)
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

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.

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. The total full-time duration for this clinical training program is four years. This is the only four-year program in Naturopathic Medicine offered in Australia where students will graduate with a Masters degree.

This course allows students to develop an understanding of health science, social science, lifestyle medicine, clinical science, scientific enquiry and naturopathic medicine. Students will also develop a theoretical and practical understanding of health promotion through undertaking a work-integrated health placement or professional engagement with Aboriginal communities.

This degree provides graduates with a solid foundation in evidence-based practice and a deep understanding of naturopathic medicine’s philosophical foundations of preventing ill-health, improving patient health outcomes, supporting a patient’s innate ability to heal and addressing the underlying causes of illness.

This is the only undergraduate Naturopathic Medicine degree in Australia offering Commonwealth Supported places (HECS-HELP).

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.

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. The total full-time duration for this clinical training program is four years. This is the only four-year program in Naturopathic Medicine offered in Australia where students will graduate with a Masters degree.

This course allows students to develop an understanding of health science, social science, lifestyle medicine, clinical science, scientific enquiry and naturopathic medicine. Students will also develop a theoretical and practical understanding of health promotion through undertaking a work-integrated health placement or professional engagement with Aboriginal communities.

This degree provides graduates with a solid foundation in evidence-based practice and a deep understanding of naturopathic medicine’s philosophical foundations of preventing ill-health, improving patient health outcomes, supporting a patient’s innate ability to heal and addressing the underlying causes of illness.

This is the only undergraduate Naturopathic Medicine degree in Australia offering Commonwealth Supported places (HECS-HELP).

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
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)108299A
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)108299A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

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

International students studying in Australia

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Equity & Inclusion website for further information and contact details. 

 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
BIOL2007Biochemistry
NATM2004Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Foundations
Students are eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health following completion of the above 8 units
STAT2001Foundations of 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
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research
NATM3001Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Integumentary and Gastrointestinal systems
PBHL2002Health Promotion
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
Choose one of the following option units:

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
NATM3005Work-integrated Health Placement
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
PBHL3001Health Promotion Project


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in SCIN1001 - Nature of Science.
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,4
Term2,4
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,5
Term2,5
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
Lismore
Term2,5
Term2,5
HBIO1010Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesHBIO1001 - Human Anatomy AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I; OR HBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
NATM2004Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Foundations
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend scheduled classes and participate in online activities. Students will be required to attend on-campus classes and complete 8 observational clinical placement hours. This unit contains professional experience learning that require students to fulfill certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.
BIOL2007Biochemistry
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Pre-requisitesHBIO1008 - Human Physiology II OR HBIO1010 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Summer Term
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
N/A
Students are eligible to exit with the Diploma of Health following completion of the above 8 units

Second Year

NUTR2001Nutritional Medicine
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1,4
N/A
Pre-requisitesBIOL1004 - Biological Chemistry and Human Metabolism OR BIOL2007 - Biochemistry OR be admitted to course: 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine
Enrolment informationOn-campus students will be required to attend workshops online, and tutorials on-campus. Online students will be required to attend workshops and tutorials online. Students must have access to a computer and the internet to participate in online activities.
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Pre-requisitesBe admitted to 3007303 - Bachelor of Nursing OR HBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
NATM2005Professional Contexts in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Ethics and Law
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities.
NATM2001Botanical Medicine
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Pre-requisitesPHAR2001 - Introductory Pharmacology OR Enrolled in 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of chemistry and pharmacology is desirable.
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesHBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I AND HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II
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
STAT2001Foundations of Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term1
N/A
Pre-requisites36 credit points
NATM2002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
Lismore
Term2,5
Term2,5
Pre-requisitesNUTR2001 - Nutritional Medicine AND NATM2001 - Botanical Medicine
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is desirable.
NATM2003Massage and Mind-body Medicine
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Lismore
Term5
Term5
Pre-requisitesHBIO1001 - Human Anatomy AND HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II; OR HBIO1010 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
Enrolment informationStudents will be required to attend on-campus practical classes, and complete 80 hours of supervised massage therapy practice. This unit contains professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.

Third Year

PBHL2002Health Promotion
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisites288 credit points in 3007224 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy OR 3007306 - Bachelor of Speech Pathology; OR 192 credit points in any other course
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term5
Term5
NATM3001Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 2: Integumentary and Gastrointestinal systems
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesNATM2002 - Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is desirable.
NATM3002Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 3: Musculoskeletal and Nervous systems
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesNATM2002 - Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is desirable.
NATM3003Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 4: Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesNATM2002 - Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 1: Assessment, Microbiology and Immunity
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is desirable.
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.
NATM3004Clinical Studies in Naturopathic Medicine 5: Urogenital and Endocrine systems

Not currently available

NATM3005Work-integrated Health Placement

Not currently available

OR
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
OR
PBHL3001Health Promotion Project
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesPBHL2002 - Health Promotion



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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

This course provides a direct pathway into the Master of Naturopathic Medicine, which enables graduates to practice as a Clinical Naturopath. As a clinical naturopath, graduates will be qualified to work in private practice, as well as a range of integrative and acute healthcare settings, such as aged care, palliative care, an emergency department or an integrative health clinic.

In addition to careers in clinical naturopathic medicine, students will be well-prepared for diverse roles working within health care teams (as an allied health assistant, health/lifestyle coach or care coordinator), community teams (as a health promotion officer, community development officer, or project officer), or independently (as a health/lifestyle consultant, or health communicator/writer).

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

Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership of the Complementary Medicine Association.

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