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Units in first semester 2021 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

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Health Sciences

Bachelor Degree


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


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.

Students who enrol in this course to commence 2021 will be able to choose a health data specialisation in their second year. The specialisation will provide the opportunity to acquire skills in the exciting and 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. You may select a practicum unit in your third year of study.

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 2021 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.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

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

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $375*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,400*
Total indicative course fee $105,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,700*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: B-HLTHSC
  • CRICOS code: 003691K
  • Last updated on: August 27, 2020