Careers and majors

The Bachelor of Health Sciences opens the door to a world of career opportunities in health where you can make a difference to the lives of many. It is the most flexible health degree available to prepare you for a clinical and non-clinical career.

The degree has been created in consultation with the health industry, which means you will learn the most relevant, up-to-date theory and gain hands-on experience during your third-year placement to help you graduate ready for work. 

For more details, see further information or view our sample study plans.


If your goal is medicine, the Bachelor of Health Sciences is a recommended pre-medical degree as it gives you a comprehensive overview of the biomedical sciences, public health, health behaviours and the healthcare system.  You qualify for a place if you have been offered a provisional place in the Doctor of Medicine. If you have not been offered a provisional place, you can complete the Health Sciences and sit the GAMSAT exam in your final year and apply for graduate entry into medicine.

Other clinical options

If you don’t get the OP required for direct entry into your chosen clinical degree you can study the Bachelor of Health Sciences first and then undertake postgraduate study to complete your clinical degree. Alternatively, you can study Health Sciences for one year and then re-apply via QTAC for entry into your clinical degree. Clinical careers after further study include:

  • occupational therapist
  • speech pathologist
  • audiologist
  • physiotherapist
  • nurse
  • social worker.


Health promotion

Learn how health services and programs are designed and delivered to promote positive community health and prevent disease and disability. You will learn how to work with communities to promote health and understand the role of health services, health policy and healthcare decision making, while examining the role of human behaviour in the incidence, prevention and progression of illness.

During the degree you will complete foundation studies in the health sciences and learn how to apply this knowledge to health promotion and health behaviours, physical activity, nutrition and the planning of health services. You will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of these issues, the skills to analyse these situations and develop programs to address them. You will apply this knowledge in your third year, where you will spend 90 hours on placement in non-clinical health-related organisations around metropolitan and rural Australia.


Study the Nutrition major at UQ to gain the skills and knowledge to work in community nutrition, to educate the population to make healthier eating choices and to reduce the burden of diet-related disease.

You will study biomedical science, nutrition, behavioural sciences, food sciences and public health nutrition, as well as work on practical placement one day a week in your final year to put the theory and knowledge you’ve learnt into practice.

Provisional entry to the Master of Dietetics Studies

You can become a fully accredited dietitian in 4.5 years with the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Dietetics Studies. The Bachelor of Health Sciences provides provisional entry into the Master of Dietetics Studies. If you don’t get the OP needed for provisional entry, you can complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences Nutrition major and apply to enter Dietetics when you graduate.

The Nutrition major gives you all the prerequisite courses needed for entry to the Master of Dietetics Studies, as well as core knowledge in public health and community nutrition.

Public Health

Public health focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. It’s an excellent choice if you are keen to pursue a clinical career in areas like medicine, allied health or social work.

The Public Health major will teach you to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities. You will study a wide range of health disciplines and competencies including biomedical sciences, public health, global health, health research methods, health policy and professional practice (e.g. health law and ethics) and gain in-depth skills and knowledge in health to bring about positive changes in communities. You will apply this knowledge in your third year, where you will spend 90 hours on placement in non-clinical health-related organisations around metropolitan and rural Australia.

A public health major can also lead to a research career via Honours or a Master of Public Health.

Sample study plans 

View the Year 1 Program/Enrolment Planner 2017

View sample study plans to see the courses that can comprise each Bachelor of Health Sciences major:

Further information

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