Health Sciences

Bachelor degree

Are you passionate about health and keen to contribute to addressing real health challenges whether they confront individuals or communities? If so, Health Science at Monash is for you.

The course will provide you with a sound foundation in health science, and a broad overview of health care, and skills in identifying, investigating, analysing and assessing health issues. This foundation builds to four specialisations, enabling you to pursue a variety of allied and public health career paths:

  • Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice
  • Human Services
  • Public Health Science
  • Radiation Sciences

Whichever path you choose, you'll emerge with a highly respected qualification, a valuable set of skills and knowledge, and excellent employment prospects in clinical health provision, and non-clinical fields such as epidemiology, health promotion or health policy or human and community services.

The first half of your degree will focus on building a core foundation in human disease and healthcare. You will be exposed to the influence of biological, behavioural, developmental, social and environmental determinants of health.

Having acquired the basic scientific, anatomical and epidemiological knowledge that you'll utilise throughout your career, you'll begin your specialist studies in the second half of your second year. Depending on your choice, this may mean broadening your engagement from the Caulfield campus (where the common units are taught) to the Clayton and Peninsula campuses.

You will learn from passionate teachers, who are experts both in clinical practice and research, and also in real-world public health challenges such as accident recovery, disease prevention, obesity, and problem gambling. Our extensive global network of researchers, health professionals, and clinical partners ensure that the scope of your studies are expansive and relevant.

You'll emerge with a robust combination of general scientific knowledge, and highly developed expertise in one of the four specialisations, each of which have been created with high prospects for employment in mind. These attributes, together with a degree from one of Australia's best medical schools, will carry you throughout your career as a health service professional.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

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Estimated 75+

Estimated 80+ (Radiation Sciences only)

Please note: Refer to the specialisations below for the applicable Monash Guarantee score.

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences/Other

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Course Details

Duration: 3 years (full time), 6 years (part time)
Start date: Semester 1 (February)

Information about fees


Speciality course

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Nirmala's story

"Public Health was never my first choice of study during high school. However, once I graduated I realised I wanted to work in an industry where I could have a positive impact on people whether it was on an individual or community level. This course is great for individuals looking to help communities and the wider population with their health issues." - Nirmala

Robert Gillies

When he's not studying for his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, his Masters' in Public Health or Diploma in Philosophy, Robert can be found helping those experiencing homelessness.

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Meet our alumni

After graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work (Forensics), Sarah built an amazing career and is now a senior clinician for the Department of Health and Human Services. “I learned to trust in my skills and ability to think outside the limitations.” - Sarah Harvey

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


Equivalent Australian Year 12


All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 22 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; or a score of at least 25 in Further Mathematics N/A
IB At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL At least 4 in Mathematics SL or 3 in Mathematics HL or 3 in Further Mathematics HL or 4 in Math Studies SL N/A

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

Non-School leaver requirements

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

University: Two single units at an Australian higher education institution satisfy minimum entry requirements, but more units may be useful for selection, especially in areas of study related to the course in which admission is being sought. Applicants should have at least a 60% average in their studies (to be competitive for the Radiation Sciences specialisation applicants should have a least a 70% average in their previous studies.). Students with a complete or partially complete Bachelor qualification will be considered for entry.

TAFE/VET: Graded AQF Diplomas will be considered for entry into this course. Admission will be based on academic merit and applicants should have at least a minimum average   of 60% (to be competitive for the Radiation Sciences specialisation applicants should have a least a 70% average). Ungraded (competent/not competent) diplomas will not be considered. Qualifications below diploma level will not meet the entry requirements (e.g. Cert IV).

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

Successful applicants for the following specialisations will need:

Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice

National Police Records, Working With Children Check, Immunisation and Health Check: Before undertaking clinical placements applicants must: 1. complete a National Police Records Check 2. hold a Working With Children Check. 3. Ambulance Victoria has stipulated that a medical and fitness examination be completed as a specific pre-requisite for clinical placements with this agency. All costs associated with the medical and fitness assessments must be met by the student.  Details of the physical assessment can be found here. Students must comply with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Immunisation Policy.Failure to hold satisfactory checks or meet the immunisation requirements may result in students being unable to complete this course.

Radiation Sciences

National Police Records Check, Working With Children Check and Immunisation: Students must complete a National Police Records Check and hold a Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical placements.
Students must comply with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Immunisation Policy
Failure to hold satisfactory checks or meet the immunisation requirements may result in students being unable to complete this course.

Human Services

National Police Records Check and Working With Children Check: Students must complete a National Police Records Check and must hold a valid Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical placements. Students must comply with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Immunisation Policy
Failure to hold satisfactory checks or meet the immunisation requirements may result in students being unable to complete this course.

Public Health Science

No checks required

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

Course codes for applying directly to Monash:

  • Emergency health and paramedic practice - M20021
  • Human services - M20022
  • Public health science - M20023
  • Radiation sciences - M20024

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Course Structure

The course develops through four themes of personal and professional development; population, communities, health and illness; the scientific basis of health care and applied practice.

A. Personal and professional development

These studies you will develop your understanding of the roles, responsibilities and expectations of health professionals and the personal and professional attributes you will need in the workplace. These include communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, critical thinking, ethical and legal issues, and reflective practice. You will also learn about research methodologies and the application of research to the field of health.

B. Population, communities, health and illness

The focus of these studies is the social, environmental and behavioural contexts of ill health, disease and injury and broad societal issues such as health promotion, the application of epidemiology and statistics in the assessment of health risk in populations, public health, community diversity, population and global health. You will also develop a sound understanding of evidence-based practice.

C. Scientific basis of health care practice

These studies provide the foundation scientific knowledge of human systems and technology that you will require to become an expert in your area of health science. Depending upon your specialisation this will range over physical, biomedical, mathematical and behavioural sciences.

D. Professional practice skills

This theme addresses competencies for health science practice within your area of specialisation. The specific skills may relate to basic and advanced life support, building child and family well-being and capacities, programs to promote health and prevent disease, or radiation science. Whatever your specialist context, the focus will be on the incorporation of the best available research evidence with the clinical reasoning skills of assessment, management, evaluation and health care across the lifespan and across a spectrum of environments and circumstances.

E. Free elective study

Where available, elective study will enable you to further develop your knowledge of Health Science or to select units from across the University in which you are eligible to enrol.

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