bachelor of health science community health

Bachelor of
Health Science
(Community Health)

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Are you big into improving the health of others? Want to know what the current state of the public health industry is? Interested in knowing how you can improve the health of your local community? If you have a burning desire to help others stay happy and healthy, and want to work within the community, then the industry recognised Bachelor of Health Science (Community Health) has your name written all over it. 

Giving you the opportunity to improve the health status of individuals and communities, the degree has been developed in response to increasing employment opportunities in the health promotion industry. 

Ambitious students can even use their qualification as a stepping-stone to study Public Health, Social Work or Health Promotion at university.

Commence on campus (July 2017) or online (May 2017). Call us on 1300 302 867 to discuss your study options, or enquire online.

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On campus (July 2017) or Online (May 2017)




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The Bachelor of Health Science (Community Health) opens doors to a range of dynamic careers that are in high demand to meet the ever-increasing needs of communities both in Australia and internationally.

This degree will equip you to foster a society that uses exercise and lifestyle choices to reduce illness and disease. You will study the historical, social and cultural factors that cause poor health, focusing on the most vulnerable community groups in Australia and their specific health priorities.

What is involved in Community Health?

Community health roles involve the promotion and protection of people's health. The Community Health major allows you to explore health outcomes based on a sociological perspective. You learn about the multitude of complexities associated with promoting health, including investigating the socio-cultural issues in health and exploring how experiences shape an individual's level of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about health. This major also familiarises students with a range of ethical issues, common treatments of diseases, psychology and its application to health, strategic planning, statistics and research methods.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Community Health) is divided into three major study areas -

  • The Determinants of Health (Core) Stream introduces students to health promotion principles and provides an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors influencing general health and wellbeing.
  • The Bioscience (Core) Stream provides a background in the structure and function of the human body and explores the concepts of exercise physiology.
  • The Community Health (Major) Stream provides students with an understanding of health from a determinants approach by examining the socio-cultural factors influencing general health and wellbeing of specific groups and individuals in the community.

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Health Science (Community Health) Degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. The degree program is divided into six semesters.

Semester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Chemistry I
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Application of Maths and Statistics for Health and Sport

Semester 2

  • Health: A Sociological Perspective
  • Biology I
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition

Semester 3

  • Global Health
  • Youth Health and Resilience
  • Systems Anatomy & Physiology
  • Applied Exercise Physiology

Semester 4

  • Health Priorities for Australia
  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Professional Integrity
  • Biomechanics

Semester 5

  • Indigenous Health
  • Raising Health Awareness
  • Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Research Design and Epidemiology

Semester 6

  • Psychology
  • Planning Health Promotion Programs
  • Sustainable Health in Local Communities
  • Health and Physical Assessments

Where this degree can take you

The career opportunities are endless for passionate individuals who want to build a rewarding career within the Community Health industry. Whether you turn your focus towards helping children, the elderly or disabled individuals, the theoretical and practical skills that you learn at ACPE will help you build a successful career. The specialised health subjects including public and global health will also provide you with a realistic view of the industry and what life will be like after graduation.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Physical Activity / Health Education Project Officer
  • Foundation / Charity Representative

Further study options:

  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health
  • Social / Community Work

Job Growth Insight


Increase in employment for Social Workers in the next 5 years

Meet ACPE Student

ACPE is known for their focus on physical and health. The idea of studying with other like-minded people who are passionate about health and fitness was really appealing. ACPE has a fantastic reputation in the industry and therefore completing a degree at ACPE, whilst exceptionally educational, would be highly respected in the industry.
Katheen Breen
Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise)

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