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Health Sciences

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Learn how social, economic and environmental factors affect people's health and wellbeing.

Highly ranked course

Top 10 nationally for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Subjects.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

If you are starting this course in 2021, you can choose a health data specialisation in your second year. This provides opportunities to acquire skills in the growing field of digital health and data analytics.

This course is multidisciplinary, giving you a solid grounding in public health. You can use the degree to work in the area of public health or as a pathway into other health degrees such as speech pathology, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Public health practitioners work to achieve better health through the prevention of disease and disability. Rather than working with individual clients, public health practitioners work at the community or whole population level. They pay special attention to how social, economic and environmental factors affect health and wellbeing.

Optional units allow you to pursue your interests in other health areas or choose one subject for in-depth learning. The Data Health specialisation is offered from your second year.

Data Health specialisation
The rise in digital technology and the increase in data make this an exciting time for public health and related health disciplines.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of public health experts and their use of data to understand disease and response to pandemics.

This specialisation helps you develop the skills you need for today's job market. You'll learn data capture, governance, cyber security, and analysing big data to reveal patterns and trends.

You'll also grow your interpretive and decision-making skills and know how to present your results effectively to different audiences.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Flexible, well-rounded degree you can tailor to suit your specific interests in health sciences.
  • This course is an established pathway into other undergraduate and postgraduate degrees into other health sciences degrees.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

You can gain professional membership of the Public Health Association of Australia; and the Australasian Epidemiological Association.

Career information


  • Administrative officer
  • Community development officer
  • Project officer
  • Research officer.


  • Health research
  • Local and state government
  • Non-government organisations.

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge, understand its theoretical underpinnings and ways of thinking; extend the boundaries of knowledge through research
  • apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions
  • decide what information is needed and where it might be found using appropriate technologies; make valid judgements and synthesise information from a range of sources
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
  • use appropriate technologies recognising their advantages and limitations
  • use a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity; know how to continue to learn as a graduate
  • think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply international standards and practices within a discipline or professional area
  • respect individual human rights; recognise the importance of cultural diversity particularly the perspective of Indigenous Australians; value diversity of language
  • work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership, professional behaviour and ethical practices

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics and one science subject from the following list: biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, human biology, integrated science, physics or psychology.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: B-HLTHSC
  • CRICOS code: 003691K
  • Last updated on: September 14, 2020