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) and an interview process. Ten of the 30 places in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program are reserved for rural and Indigenous students from 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

In addition to achieving the minimum entry requirements, students will also be required to submit a written component, through UAC, in order to successfully gain entry into this program.

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.

Written component

Students will be required to submit a 400 word (maximum) written description of how you endeavor to contribute to the community using current life experiences and achievements. This is an opportunity to highlight your areas of achievement, leadership, teamwork, service ethic and commitment as well as ties to regional, rural and remote communities.

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