Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences

La Trobe University

Study health from a social perspective in this combined four-year degree. Build an understanding of health and disability alongside the humanities and social sciences. Through first year health sciences subjects, students focus on human biosciences, the role of health professionals in the community and the various factors that influence health. They can then go on to major in human physiology and anatomy, public health or rehabilitation counselling. La Trobe University's human physiology and anatomy electives include both theory and lab practice units. If students major in public health, they'll learn about environmental health issues, living with chronic health problems, global health initiatives and health care systems. If students major in rehabilitation counselling, they'll explore the psychosocial perspective of health and illness, behavioural change for rehabilitation clients, health in the workplace, and sports and exercise psychology. Arts electives can include anthropology, languages, sociology, drama, philosophy and politics. Arts and health combinations may include health promotion and gender studies, anthropology and public health, human biosciences and archaeology, philosophy and the experience of health and illness, and human biosciences and the philosophy of science. Students can also participate in La Trobe's international student exchange program. If students choose to focus on public health or rehabilitation counselling, La Trobe can help them find work placements.

Course Fee:

International: $139,200

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


Students complete 540 credit points during this four-year degree, including a minimum 270 credit points from humanities and social sciences and 270 credit points from health sciences. The Bachelor of Arts component requires students to complete at least one major of 120 credit points in a single discipline. For the health sciences component, students will do an interdisciplinary common first year in subjects focusing on basic human biosciences, factors influencing health and develop an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. In second and third year, students can major in human physiology and anatomy, public health, or rehabilitation counselling.

Subjects you can Study:

Arts majors: Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Chinese, Cinema Studies, English, French, Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies, Greek Studies, History, Indonesian, Italian Studies, Japanese, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Media: Screen + Sound, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre and Drama. Arts minors: Aboriginal Studies, Australian Studies, Creative and Professional Writing, European Studies, International Development. Additional subjects available: Ancient Greek Studies, Hindi, Humanities. Skill-based subjects: Latin American Studies (second/third year only) and Photojournalism (online subject, second/third year only)

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Full time 4 years
Melbourne No info No Part time 8 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

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