Bachelor of Health Science

The Bachelor of Health Science is a distinctive science degree which will position you as a future leader in tackling health problems of national and global significance. This degree equips you with a broad understanding of the themes explored in advanced studies of medicine and offers an excellent pathway to the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) at ANU. The Bachelor of Health Science draws upon the world-leading strengths of ANU in medical education, biomedical science, population health, psychology, social science and public policy to prepare you for a future in medical, allied health and health-related professions.

ANU is ranked the best university in Australia1 and is the only Australian university rated ‘well above world standard’ for public health and health service research in all three of the Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations. We have produced three Nobel Prize-winners in Physiology and Medicine and are home to Australia’s national medical research institute.

The Bachelor of Health Science can also be combined with the Master of Public Health as a Flexible Vertical Double Degree, allowing you to graduate with an undergraduate and postgraduate qualification.

A pathway to medicine at ANU

The Bachelor of Health Science offers a pathway to the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) at ANU without having to sit the GAMSAT. At the end of their second year in the Bachelor of Health Science up to 30 students will receive an offer of entry to the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD), contingent upon their grade point average (GPA), an interview process and successful completion of the Bachelor of Health Science.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2018

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Health Science, you can launch your career path in medicine, allied health, health organisations and the public service, including in hospitals, public health units, healthcare foundations and academia.

You will graduate with an impressive skillset that includes knowledge of the biomedical sciences, an understanding of the biological, social and economic factors contributing to health outcomes, and research skills related to biomedical science, population health and public health policy.

How to apply

Admission to the Bachelor of Health Science is highly competitive. Students will be required to submit a supplementary application form as part of their application.

Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

  • An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
  • A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
  • At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
  • An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Admission to the Bachelor of Health Science also requires a successful assessment of suitability based on a supplementary form.

There are places available for 60 students in each intake of the Bachelor of Health Science.

As we are committed to building on our engagement with Indigenous and rural Australia, 15 of the available places are reserved for students from Indigenous or rural backgrounds. These students are strongly encouraged to apply, and bonus points may be available to you.

Supplementary Application Form

Students will be required to submit a supplementary application form as part of their application to the Bachelor of Health Science. The form and its content are available to be viewed online here. Submission of this form is compulsory for all applicants, due by 30 November for First Semester commencement.

Rural Background Criteria

Fifteen places are reserved in every intake of the Bachelor of Health Science for students from rural and Indigenous backgrounds. Students from a rural background are required to submit further documentation to your Universities Admissions Centre application at UAC website.

Bachelor of Health Science – Rural Background Criteria

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Declaration

Students who are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent are required to submit further documentation to their UAC application. Please complete the declaration below and attach a confirmation letter from an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation or association to your Universities Admissions Criteria application on the UAC website.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Declaration (PDF 288KB)

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