Bachelor of Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Applied Public Health

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This double degree is for people interested in the biomedical, community and population aspects of health. Students will be introduced to the sub-disciplines of Biomedical Science including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. Studies in public health address the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health by improving social and political systems. Public health includes environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures. Specifically, the course aims to: prepare graduates to apply best evidence, sound judgment and strategy to biomedical and public health issues and challenges from local and global environments and contexts; develop skills in project management, communication, population level monitoring, personal leadership and performance accountability necessary to be effective in public health; inspire students through high-quality industry, community and service placements including international opportunities; foster in students the importance of professional excellence and accountability; prepare graduates for a successful entry into the public health and biomedical science workforces; foster a lifelong commitment to effective health promotion globally. Combine compassion for humanity and a commitment to social justice with a sound theoretical understanding of processes affecting disadvantaged communities and individuals both locally and internationally.

Entry Requirements:

NSW prerequisites: English (Standard), Mathematics (any); QLD prerequisites: English (4, SA) and Mathematics (any); VIC prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics (any). International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Structure:

320 credit points consisting of: 120 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Bachelor of Applied Public Health; 150 cp from the Schedule of Offerings of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science Units; 20 cp from University Core Curriculum Units; 20 cp from Biomedical Science industry immersion units and/or Applied Public Health Placement Units and 10 cp from Specified Units (LAWS406 Intellectual Property Law).

Subjects you can Study:

Applied public health; Biomedical science

Study Pathways:

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master's degree programs.

Further information:

Students will complete two units of workplace learning with an external organisation of their choice which will require them to address an issue or problem of a biomedical or related nature over the course of their immersion experience. The problem will be defined in consultation with the Course Coordinator and the industry contact, and the student will undertake exploratory work to find a solution or answer to address the issue. Students will complete one unit of community engagement - an opportunity to engage with the community in order to enhance the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. Students will volunteer at a selected public sector or non-profit organisation supporting disadvantaged individuals and families experiencing socially-determined health issues. This will provide a vehicle for the student to develop and reflect upon the values of partnership, equality, mutual respect and commitment as well as the degree of transformation that community engagement engenders

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 4 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 62.85 No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 62.85 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 8 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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