2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health) | 2017

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):

Autumn, Spring

Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus/UAC Code:

Wollongong / 756632

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health) is a degree open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. The course covers areas including community health, community development, cultural issues, comparative Indigenous health issues and Indigenous health research; which are complemented with study in Aboriginal Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education and other related areas.

Job opportunities include working in the community sector, in Aboriginal Medical Services or with State or Federal health agencies. Graduates may be interested in working in a rural or remote community, or in community development, health promotion, planning or policy.

Assistance is given to Indigenous students via Commonwealth funded 'away from base allowances' and the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre will assist students by providing tutors, access to support staff and resources, and helping individual students find their best method of study.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health) will be able to:

  1. Interrogate, appraise and integrate broad and coherent knowledge about the social and historical contexts of Aboriginal people in Australia with regard to health.
  2. Demonstrate skills in critically reviewing, analysing, critiquing and synthesising information.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in problem solving.
  4. Communicate understanding of social determinants of health and how they apply in an Aboriginal context, through a variety of media.
  5. Relate how Indigenous Australian perspectives of health and wellbeing can be applied in demonstrating cultural competency.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health) requires the successful completion of 144 credit points in accordance with the table below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
NMIH101 Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships 6 Autumn
MEDI242 Functional Structures in Indigenous Communities 6 Spring
NMIH205 Cultural Competence in Health Care Practice 6 Spring
MEDI243 Comparative Indigenous Health Issues 6 Not available in 2017
MEDI240 Current Services in Indigenous Health 6 Autumn
MEDI341 Research in Indigenous Health 6 Not available in 2017
MEDI343 Indigenous Community Development: Social and Emotional Wellbeing 6 Not available in 2017
MEDI342 Indigenous Community Development: Environmental Health Issues 6 Autumn
MEDI344 Indigenous Community Development: Health Promotion 6 Spring
Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
INDS207 Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies 6 Autumn
INDS302 Indigenous Thinkers: Global Perspectives 6 Not available in 2017
Plus 78 credit points (to total 144cp) of subjects chosen in consultation with the Undergraduate Indigenous Health Coordinator and approved by the Head of School.


Indigenous Health Studies Minor

Students who are not studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health) can complete a minor study in Indigenous Health.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 17 October, 2017