Faculty of Health and Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health Studies

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health Studies

Abbreviation:

BHlthScInd

Home Faculty:

Health and Behavioural Sciences

Duration:

3 years or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:

144

Delivery Mode:

Flexible

Starting Session(s):

Autumn/Spring

Location:

Wollongong

UOW Course Code:

786A

UAC Code:

756632

CRICOS Code:

058670E

Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science in Indigenous Health Studies is a flexibly delivered degree offered at the University of Wollongong. The degree program is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and provides students interested in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the knowledge and skills to effectively address Aboriginal Community health issues.

Areas covered include: community health, community development, cultural issues, comparative Indigenous health issues and Indigenous health research.

This course also complements study in related areas, for example Aboriginal Studies, Population Health, Psychology, Sociology and Education.

Assistance is given to Indigenous students via Commonwealth funded “away from base allowances” and the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre will assist students with providing tutors and access to support staff and resources.

The course coordinator and the support staff at the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre will help you find the best method of study to achieve your goals.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge

Domestic school leavers are recommended to have completed 2 units of Aboriginal Studies at HSC level. Alternative pathways exist for mature age domestic students. Even if you have not completed the current NSW HSC (or equivalent) in full, or you did not receive the required entry mark, you may still qualify for admission.

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete 144 credit points according to the table below.

Subjects

Session

Credit Points

NMIH101

Effective Communication in Health Care Relationships

Autumn

6

NURS240

Current Services in Aboriginal Health

Not Available in 2008

6

NURS242

Functional Community Structures

Autumn

6

NURS243

Comparative Indigenous Health Issues

Spring

6

NURS327

Health and Human Ecology

Not Available in 2008

6

NURS341

Research in Indigenous Health

Spring

6

NURS343

Indigenous Community Development: Theory and Practice

Autumn

6

NURS344

Community Health: Theory, Research and Practice

Not Available in 2008

6

Plus at least 12 credit points to be selected from:

ABST150

Introduction to Aboriginal Australia

Autumn/ Spring

6

ABST200

Aboriginal History Since Invasion

Autumn

8

ABST300

Indigenous Theories of De-Colonisation

Spring

8

With other subjects chosen in consultation with the Program Coordinator and approved by the Head of School.

Professional Recognition

Completion of the TAFE Advanced Diploma is linked to the Aboriginal Health Worker Award.

Employment Opportunities

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

Whatever your choice, this degree will help you achieve your goals. Many of our students are already employed well before the completion of the degree.

Further Information

David Kampers
Program Coordinator, Indigenous Health program, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, University of Wollongong
+61 2 4221 3467 or dkampers@uow.edu.au.

Last reviewed: 14 March, 2008