Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health is a double degree 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.

Structure

320 credit points. Students will complete two units of workplace learning with an external organisation of their choice. The units will require students 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, providing 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 involvement 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 in the student.As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Subjects

  • Biomedical science
  • Public health

Standard entry requirements

Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 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 Mathematics (any).

Study pathways

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours) or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours). The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties in public health and global health.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $97,344
  • ATAR: 58.50
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health can enter a wide range of public health or biomedical science careers, such as: public health officer, community development worker, policy analyst, program evaluator, health educator, project officer and consumer advocate within a variety of organisations such as:, government health departments, population health units, community health centres, non-governmental health organisations (NGOs), advocacy groups, international health agencies, not-for-profit organisations, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies.

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