Health sciences

Why study health sciences?

If you're interested in medical research, community health, rehabilitation counselling, athlete welfare, environmental health or health promotion - or are unsure which area of health science is for you – this degree can help you find your niche. Learn about the role of health professionals and factors that influence health both locally and around the world. Focus your studies in second year by choosing one or two majors.

As part of your studies you will have exposure to highly qualified academic staff with close links to professional, government and corporate organisations, including the Australian Sports Commission, Cancer Council of Victoria, VicHealth and the AFL Players Association.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take up placements in a range of relevant workplaces from hospital settings to community facilities and regional health organisations. Or you might choose to explore health sciences away from Australia through study abroad opportunities in destinations including the US and Mexico, Europe and the UK, South East Asia and India.

Our Bachelor of Health Sciences offers majors in the following areas:

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Health and sustainability *
Health promotion**
Human physiology and anatomy* 
Public health**
Rehabilitation counselling**
Sports counselling and athlete welfare**

Career opportunities

Depending on which subjects you select, you can position yourself to take on roles in public health, health promotion, community or private health services, aged care, disability services, research, hospitals, rehabilitation counselling or athlete welfare and wellbeing.

You may choose to undertake Honours or postgraduate studies in fields like sport management, dietetics, rehabilitation counselling, exercise physiology, occupational health and safety, ergonomics, prosthetics and orthotics, physiotherapy, speech pathology, orthoptics, art therapy, health information management, health administration and gerontology.

Courses

Bachelor of Exercise Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. 3 years

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Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Diploma of Health Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

Master of Applied Science

Semester starts: See additional information Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time 2 years

Master of Health Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. 2 years

Master of Public Health

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 2 years full-time or 3-5 years part-time 2 years

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

The paramedicine staff employed at La Trobe University are highly qualified and motivated individuals who share their experience and enthusiasm with students, and align curriculum content with international best practice.  They are determined to produce resilient, critical thinking and capable clinicians that can thrive in this exciting profession.

View all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering.