Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Business Administration

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
6.5 overall score (with a minimum of 6.0 in all tests)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
July 2022, February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024


Study a combined Bachelor of Applied Public Health and Bachelor of Business Administration for a wide choice of specialisations and career paths in health, public service and private enterprise.

When you study public health you’ll learn about preventing illness in populations and developing programs and practices that promote better health in individuals and communities. When you pair public health with business administration you’ll be well placed to use your skills and knowledge in industry, public service or small business.  

In today’s world, you need professional, technical and cross-cultural skills. Our intercultural communication module is designed to build cultural awareness and communication skills which are vital in the global workplace. You can further extend your intercultural experience by taking part in a Global Virtual Classroom, studying at our Rome Campus or participating in an international study tour.

The Bachelor of Business Administration will provide you with a good understanding of the fundamentals of business and hone your communication skills by starting you off with our unique Business Foundation Program that helps you transition to university study and provides a solid foundation of business skills. You will then go on to complete eight core business units that will provide you with a broad understanding of various business aspects. All our business units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals. And Microsoft certification is also embedded into units in the degree, so you'll graduate with a strong foundation in the Microsoft programs favoured by employers.

Upon graduating you'll be ready to launch straight into your career thanks to our Future Ready employability program, designed to systematically build each of the elements of your personal brand: your professional identity; experience; job-ready skills; and networks.


Professional experience

You’ll gain up to 175 hours of workplace and community experience before you even graduate.

Work placement

As part of our Work Integrated Learning program you’ll gain 105 hours of industry placement in your area of specialisation. We have embedded employability into your degree with our Future Ready program where we build on your professional skills each year, supporting you every step of the way. These placements will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to prepare for your future profession. You’ll learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real life scenarios.

Community engagement

As part of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to work with not-for-profit organisations with 35 to 70 hours of community engagement experience. You’ll foster knowledge and understanding and its application within communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage while applying ethical personal and professional skills developed during your studies at ACU.



Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Public Health/ Bachelor of Business Administration will be eligible to work in the following areas;

  • social and community planning in local government
  • advocacy and policy in health-related non-government organisations and charities
  • public health / health promotion officers
  • government policy roles including health departments, human services and strategic policy units
  • Australian National Preventive Health Agency
  • Medicare Locals and other primary health and community health agencies
  • human services interacting with health services
  • small and medium sized businesses

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Business Administration, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health

BIOL121 Human Biological Science 1

PUBH101 Foundations of Public Health Communication

ITEC100 Information Technology Professional Skills and Practices

Year 1 - Semester 2

BUSN104 Money Matters

PUBH102 Foundations of Health Promotion

BUSN112 Managing Markets

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

HLSC120 Indigenous Health and Culture

PUBH200 Globalisation, Environment and Health

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour

Year 2 - Semester 2

PSYC104 Research Design and Statistics I

PUBH103 Epidemiology

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

Year 3 - Semester 1

PSYC206 Research Design and Statistics II

PUBH202 Public Health Research Methods

Business administration elective*

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

Year 3 - Semester 2


Public health responses to complex emergencies

PUBH303 Applied Public Health Communication

Business administration elective*

MGMT310 Organisational Change for Sustainability

Year 4 - Semester 1

PUBH302 Applied Public Health 1


Public health law and ethics

PUBH304 Public Health Advocacy

MGMT311 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Year 4 - Semester 2

PUBH305 Applied Public Health 2

PUBH312 Applied Health Promotion

BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict


BIPX301 Professional Experience

MGMT304 Strategic Management

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

* Business administration elective students are required to choose two business administration units from the list below: BUSN201 International business, HRMG200 Applied human resource management, MKTG202 Marketing communications: engaging stakeholders.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.


Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to honours study in the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours). The Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a minimum grade point average of 5.50 who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours).


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3708
  • Average first year fee: $29664
  • Estimate total cost: $118656

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

International applicants


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200210283

Direct application

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Information on the application procedure 

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.


Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.


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