Bachelor of Community Health
Prescribe a caring career.
Consider career choices in mental health, nutrition, disability or aging. Help to take care of vulnerable people. Prescribe wellbeing programs to nourish diverse communities. Shape and support health projects. Gain professional non-clinical skills online.
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This Bachelor of Community Health will prepare you for a career as a non-clinical health professional, covering areas such as mental health, human biology, psychology and cultural safety in both national and international settings.
You will learn to develop plans that assist in the delivery of care by health professionals, how to work with a diverse range of clients, and how to remain up-to-date with the changing regulations and technologies in this evolving field.
In your final year you will work on projects that directly enhance the lives of individuals and groups in your community.
Some of the subjects you will study include:
- Nutrition and Health
- Disability and Ageing – Diversity and Discrimination
- Project Management for Health and Wellness
- Public Health
You have the option of selecting two electives and tailoring your degree to your interests – which will broaden your career prospects.
You will graduate with the skills to pursue career opportunities in environments that support community health in a range of areas including disability and ageing.
Careers to consider include:
- Community key health worker
- Project officer
- Professional services officer
- Community health development officer
- Health support worker
- Aged care and disability care coordinators
This UniSA Online degree is currently available for Commonwealth supported students.
Applicants are required to fulfil at least one of the following requirements with a competitive result and meet any other academic requirements for the program:
- successfully completed equivalent to a minimum of half a year of full-time study of a higher education program at a recognised higher education provider
- completed an award from a registered training organisation at Certificate IV level or above
- passed a UniSA Online literacy and numeracy test and have relevant work experience
- completed a secondary education qualification equivalent to SACE, such as an interstate year 12 or international qualification
- completed a UniSA Foundation Studies Program or equivalent
- qualified for Special Entry
Students who do not meet these criteria can start studying now by enrolling in the subjects below. Students will be eligible to apply upon successful completion of four subjects and all subjects will be credited towards the degree.
- SOCU1008 The Social World
- BIOL1052 Foundations of Human Biology 1
- BEHL1027 Psychology Concepts
- HLTH1050 Exploring Global and National Health
- HLTH1051 First Peoples' Health
- LANG1064 Intercultural Communication
- HLTH1052 Introduction to Mental Health
- HLTH1055 Lifespan Growth and Motor Development
- BIOL1054 Foundations of Nutrition and Health
- HLTH2034 Health Promotion
For more information please contact an OUA Student advisor on 1300 729 424.
Information regarding credit can be found here:
Study On Demand – a 100% online community health degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.
You will learn how to develop end to end community health programs, along with strategies to address health challenges faced by diverse communities. By working on projects that contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities, you will gain real-world experience which could make a positive impact on the lives of individuals.
This degree will prepare you to work as a non-clinical health professional across the health and community care sector through industry focused assessments and projects underpinned by a strong theoretical foundation.
Recommended Study Pattern
Note: The program structure is subject to change at any time. (Information correct as at August 2019)
- Critical Approaches to Online Learning (CURR 3021)*
*This subject is common to all UniSA Online degrees and will be offered multiple times each year to enable students to commence their program of study at any time. Students who are studying part-time must take this subject first before they study any other subjects in their chosen degree. Students who are studying full time may take this subject and one other subject in the same study period.
- The Social World (SOCU 1008)
- Foundations of Human Biology 1(BIOL 1052)
- Psychology Concepts (BEHL 1027)
- Foundations of Human Biology 2 (BIOL 1053)
- Exploring Global and National Health (HLTH 1050)
- First Peoples' Health (HLTH 1051)
- Intercultural Communication (LANG 1064)
- Introduction to Mental Health (HLTH 1052)
- Lifespan Growth and Motor Development (HLTH 1055)
- Professional Communication to Work in the Health Industry (HLTH 2031)
- Foundations of Nutrition and Health (BIOL 1054)
- Health Promotion (HLTH 2034)
- Health Law, Ethics and Policy (HLTH 2030)
- Elective 1
- Age and Disability Friendly Environments (WELF 2021)
- Project Management for Health and Wellness (HLTH 3065)
- Public Health (HLTH 3060)
- Supporting Dignity through Enablement (HLTH 3061)
- Disability and Ageing: Diversity and Discrimination (WELF 3025)
- Case Management for Consumer Directed Care in Disability and Aged Care (WELF 3024)
- Transition to Employment (HLTH 3062)
- Community Health Project 1 (HLTH 3058)
- Elective 2
- Community Health Project 2 (HLTH 3059)
Students must complete 24 subjects including 2 electives.