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Bachelor of Health Science

Study Health Science at ANU

Tackle some of the greatest health challenges of our time with the Bachelor of Health Science.

Draw 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.

This degree will equip you with a broad understanding of the themes explored in advanced studies of medicine and offers a potential pathway to the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at ANU.

What you'll learn

The ANU Bachelor of Health Science offers a variety of courses covering biology, chemistry, research methods, population health, professional practice, physiology, pharmacology and human disease.

There are two options of study available in this program, the pre-medicine pathway and the applications of health pathway. Both pathways will prepare you for a future career in medicine or a related field. You will have the option of applying for an honours year towards the end of your third year of study.

What it's like to study Health Science

ANU welcomes its first Bachelor of Health Science students

In 2018, ANU welcomed the first cohort of Bachelor of Health Science students which will lead them to medicine or other health professions.

Bryher's degree combines passions for health and climate justice

“People are so impacted by the climate that it is becoming a real health issue,” says Bachelor of Health Science student Bryher McKeown.

Meet some of your teachers

Dr Joshua Chu-Tan

Josh, a lecturer at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the ANU Medical School, co-convenes Medical Physiology and Pharmacology. 

In his research, he is developing a new eye injection that has the potential to stop the progression of dry age-related macular degeneration, which could potentially save millions of people from going blind. 

Josh’s passion and strong track-record in science communication has earned him numerous awards, including first prize at the Asia-Pacific 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Dr Merryn McKinnon

Merryn, Senior Lecturer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, convenes Health Promotion Principles and Practice.

As a science communicator, Merryn regularly appears in the national media discussing interesting science topics from around the world. 

Her research explores why the public reacts and responds to scientific issues the way they do, in a variety of different disciplines including public health.

Health Science careers

The Bachelor of Health Science 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.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

Determine the best way to apply

There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Direct applications to the ANU are for school leavers only.  If you are a mature age student, non-school leaver, or transferring from another university you will need to apply via UAC.  Remember to attach your supporting documents.

Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

In addition to meeting academic requirements, we have introduced a compulsory co-curricular or service requirement.

Make sure you have met the co-curricular or service requirement and provide the appropriate documentation.

Gather supporting documents

Admission to the Bachelor of Health Science also involves an assessment of suitability based on the Bachelor of Health Science Supplementary Form. Submission of this form is compulsory for all applicants.

For domestic applicants applying direct to ANU: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Health Science as a preference is the 24th of May 2021. The final deadline to submit the form is the 28th of May 2021 (you must have submitted your application by the 24th of May 2021). We will assess your application based on your Year 11 results plus any adjustments and the Bachelor of Health Science Supplementary Form. Offers will be released in the August round only. Those who accept their August offer will have their offer honoured and confirmed in the December or January round as long as they complete Year 12 with an ATAR. The Bachelor of Health Science will not be available to add during the change of preference dates and no new offers will be released in the December or January round.

For domestic applicants applying via UAC: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Health Science as a preference and submit the form is the 30th of November 2021.

Submit your application

Tick your application off your list so it's one less thing you need to think about.There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Direct applications to the ANU are for school leavers only.  If you are a mature age student, non-school leaver, or transferring from another university you will need to apply via UAC.  Remember to attach your supporting documents.

Assessment of applications

All applications will be assessed after the application deadline date.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

Admission to the Bachelor of Health Science also involves an assessment of suitability based on the Bachelor of Health Science Supplementary Form. Submission of this form is compulsory for all applicants.

For international applicants applying direct to ANU: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Health Science as a preference and submit the form is the 15th of November 2021.

For international applicants applying via UAC: The final deadline to add the Bachelor of Health Science as a preference and submit the form is the 30th of November 2021.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate and follow option 1 to start your application.

Any supporting documents needs to be uploaded to your ANU or UAC Application no later than the application deadline. For assistance completing this document, please contact domestic.admissions@anu.edu.au.

Assessment of applications

All applications will be assessed after the application deadline date.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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