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Health Promotion and Health and Safety Double Degree

Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), Bachelor of Science (Health and Safety) - BSc(Curtin), BSc(Curtin) - BB-HPRHSF Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Online - find out more
Study mode On-campus or online
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

This double degree course is designed to develop your expertise in both health promotion and occupational health and safety.

Health promotion maintains and improves the health of populations by developing people’s skills and knowledge, working with communities, creating healthy environments, changing policies and laws to support healthy choices and encouraging health services to promote health.

Health and safety is concerned with the prevention of injury and disease in the workplace by providing safer, healthier and more efficient working conditions and assisting injured staff through workers’ compensation and rehabilitation processes.

What the course involves:

The first year is interprofessional and is taken with other health sciences students to allow you to learn how health professionals work together to improve health and wellbeing.

In your following years, you study the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs while exploring specific areas of health promotion practice. You will also study the role of the health promotion professional when working in partnership with communities, organisations, government and with other health professionals. 

The occupational health and safety component of the second, third and fourth years is designed to equip you with the skills you need to contribute proactively to risk management and assessment, and the prevention of injuries and disease in the workplace. You will also study the role of the health and safety professional when working with employers, workers, commercial organisations, government and other health professionals.

Fieldwork experience

Field trips are undertaken in many health and safety units. In your second year, you can plan, implement, evaluate and manage an on-campus health promotion campaign.

In your fourth year you will undertake two 100-hour professional practice placements. One is a placement at a health-promoting organisation where you can plan, implement and evaluate programs in urban, rural or interstate locations. The second is within an occupational health and safety setting within an industry where you will assess and manage risk in order to protect workers.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses


Desirable WACE courses

At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology

Other requirements

STAT applicants may be required to meet entry prerequisites by completing enabling units. This may extend the duration of your studies.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss your eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer

Potential employers

Health promotion employers may include government, non-government and community-based organisations such as:

  • Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Council of WA
  • Diabetes WA
  • Injury Control Council of WA
  • Drug and Alcohol Office
  • WA AIDS Council 
  • Department of Health
  • local government. 

Health and safety employers include: 

  • government organisations such as local government and Worksafe
  • private companies, particularly in the industry and resources sectors.

Why Health Promotion and Health and Safety Double Degree?

  • Graduates gain practical and theoretical skills that are highly regarded by employers. 
  • Staff bring practical and academic experience to their teaching. 
  • The health promotion program is affiliated with the internationally acclaimed Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research which, through the major grants it attracts, gives you the opportunity to participate in new and innovative health promotion research.
  • The health, safety and environment program has strong industry links through professional practice in workplaces and off-site field trips.