Bachelor of Health Promotion

School of Health Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The Bachelor of Health Promotion (Preventive Health) from The University of Notre Dame Australia provides an exciting pathway into the field of health management. With a strong focus on the practical improvement of individual and community health and wellbeing, you will learn the ways and means in which our current health system can be improved.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Bachelor of Health Promotion focuses on promoting individual and community health and wellbeing. You will develop a clear understanding of how social and other health determinants impact health and wellbeing as well as the effectiveness of socio-environmental, population and community approaches to health promotion.

    Throughout the course you explore the psychological aspects of health behaviour, behavioural aspects of change, health promotion principles, frameworks, planning and implementation, social marketing; principles of community development, project management and health related research and evaluation.

    Graduates will find a wide range of occupations open to them, such as health promotion, community development, health education and health research.

    Health Promotion Taster Session Health Promotion Info Session

  • Program summary

    Three Core Curriculum courses

    • Ethics
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology

    Required courses, which may include:

    • Health Issues and Preventive Approaches
    • Population Approaches to Health Promotion
    • Community Approaches to Health Promotion
    • Health Sciences Research
    • Nutrition for Health
    • Health and Disease Risk Factors
    • Aboriginal People
    • Health Education
    • Physical Activity and Health
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
    • Marketing
    • Marketing Research
    • Theories and Approaches to Counselling
    • Counselling Skills Training
    • Developmental Psychology

    Four elective courses from the following suggested clusters:

    • Behavioural Science (Major, Minor options)
    • Marketing & Public Relations (Minor and specialisation options)
    • Communications & Media (specialisation options)
    • Exercise & Sport Science (specialisation options)

    Plus industry practicum placements

    • Preventive Health Industry Practicum I
    • Preventive Health Industry Placement II
    • Preventive Health Industry Internship

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations & Planner.

  • Program learning outcomes

    At the completion of this course, graduates should be able to:

    1. Interpret and apply information regarding health related determinants, behaviours and interventions from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
    2. Apply research skills that builds capacity to update health related professional knowledge as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
    3. Critically appraise the evidence relating to preventive health interventions to identify effective and ineffective ways to address health issues and their contributing factors.
    4. Plan, develop, implement and evaluate preventive health projects that address priority health issues for people of diverse backgrounds and in a range of settings.
    5. Critically analyse and interpret research literature, quantitative and qualitative data and effectively communicate results both orally and written for a variety of purposes and audiences.
    6. Exemplify professional standards in a variety of practical, interpersonal and theoretical contexts related to preventive health and its associated fields.
    7. Articulate objective and universal truth, appreciate the intrinsic dignity of the human person, and exhibit good intellectual, moral and theological habits.
  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found by contacting the School of Health Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Health promotion officer
    • Community development officer
    • Health education consultant
    • Health researcher
  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Health Promotion BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5 N/P
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International studentsN/AN/A
    All students10100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offerN/AN/A
    Median rank to receive an offerN/AN/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Health Promotion, please call our Prospective Student Officers on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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