Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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.


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.


  • 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)

Standard 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
  • ATAR: 44
  • ATAR: 61.75
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time

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