2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health) | 2018

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


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 and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a broad understanding of the historical, social and cultural factors that have impacted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care
2 Critically review, analyse and synthesise information relating to evidence-based health care practice and disease prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
3 Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and independently solve problems relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
4 Communicate perspectives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health to diverse audiences using a range of communication strategies.
5 Apply the concepts of community development, ownership, consultation, empowerment, capacity-building, reciprocity and respect to health care delivery and working/researching with Indigenous individuals and communities.
6 Demonstrate ethical, professional, public and personal conduct and capacity to reflect on and direct own learning and practice and participate constructively in decision-making with the context of Aboriginal Health.
7 Develop strategies for the promotion of equitable health care practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopl

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Health Science (Indigenous Health), a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points in accordance with the table below. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI142 Introduction to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health 6 Autumn
MEDI143 Working effectively in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health 6 Spring
Year 2
MEDI240 Current Services in Indigenous Health 6 Autumn
MEDI241 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Research 6 Not available in 2018
MEDI242 Functional Structures in Indigenous Communities 6 Spring
MEDI243 Comparative Indigenous Health Issues 6 Autumn
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
Year 3
MEDI341 Research in Indigenous Health 6 Autumn
MEDI342 Indigenous Community Development: Environmental Health Issues 6 Autumn
MEDI343 Indigenous Community Development: Social and Emotional Wellbeing 6 Spring
MEDI344 Indigenous Community Development: Health Promotion 6 Not available in 2018
MEDI345 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advocacy in Health 6 Not available in 2018
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 Spring
Plus 60 credit points (to total 144cp) of subjects chosen in consultation with the Undergraduate Indigenous Academic Course Director and approved by the Head of School.

Indigenous Health Studies Minor

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

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 10 September, 2018