Bachelor of Exercise Science / Bachelor of Public Health

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This dual degree program combines core curricula from Exercise Science with Public Health. Exercise Science core content provides an extensive knowledge base of how the human body works, from a psychological, anatomical, physiological, motor control and bio-mechanical perspective. Public Health core content delivers background in factors determining health at community and population level, and how they effect improvements in health. Outdoor Recreation studies enable the application of this core knowledge base in the community and across populations through various settings, and allow students to understand the need for increased nature-based play and engagement. There is a strong body of contemporary research highlighting the importance of the natural environments and their contribution to health and well-being. Participation in these types of activities offers participants opportunities to engage in risk assessment, safety management and events that build resilience. From a public health perspective, children, youth and families must have the opportunity to incorporate concepts of risk, protection, and resilience in their lives to develop and maintain healthy life choices and well-being.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW recommended studies: English advanced, personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE), mathematics plus one of biology, chemistry or physics at year 12 level; QLD prerequisites: English (4, SA), plus one of health, physical education, mathematics biology, physics, chemistry or science 21 at year 12 level; VIC prerequisites: Units 3 & 4 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 one of mathematics (any), biology, chemistry, outdoor and environmental studies, psychology, physical education, health or physics at year 12 level. 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: 170 cp from Exercise Science units; 130 cp from Core Public Health Units and 20 cp from University Core Curriculum Units. Students are required to complete 200 hours of volunteer experience within a community-based organisation during years 3 and 4 of the course. Partner organisations are selected in view of how they engage communities within organised, professional frameworks.

Subjects you can Study:

Exercise science; Public health

Study Pathways:

The Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science (Honours) and the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours) programs are available as an additional year to meritorious students who wish to undertake an independent research project.

Further information:

Examples of the types of work settings the course prepares graduates for: National and International health agencies, State and federal government health departments, Non-government aid and advocacy organisations (local national, international), Health and fitness industry, Sporting organisations. Such work can involve a diverse range of programs including: physical activity promotion, recreation, sporting clubs, youth work, physical activity planning for young people or the elderly, corporate health and fitness, government agencies, state sporting associations, rehabilitation clinics, and personal training. Potential employers are varied and could include: local government, community health centres, state sporting associations, non-government organisations (Cancer Council, Asthma Foundation).

Recognition:

Graduates will be eligible for membership with the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

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) 60.2 No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 60.2 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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