Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

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


The Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health is a double degree for people interested in the biomedical, community and population aspects of health. Students will be introduced to the sub-disciplines of Biomedical Science including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. Studies in public health address the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health by improving social and political systems. Public health includes environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures.

Combine compassion for humanity and a commitment to social justice with a sound theoretical understanding of processes affecting disadvantaged communities and individuals both locally and internationally.

Professional experience

Students will complete two units of workplace learning with an external organisation of their choice. The units will require students to address an issue or problem of a biomedical or related nature over the course of their immersion experience. The problem will be defined in consultation with the Course Coordinator and the industry contact, and the student will undertake exploratory work to find a solution or answer to address the issue.

Work placement

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Community engagement

Students will complete one unit of community engagement, providing an opportunity to engage with the community in order to enhance the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities. Students will volunteer at a selected public sector or non-profit organisation supporting disadvantaged individuals and families experiencing socially-determined health issues. This involvement will provide a vehicle for the student to develop and reflect upon the values of partnership, equality, mutual respect and commitment as well as the degree of transformation that community engagement engenders in the student.


Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health can enter a wide range of public health or biomedical science careers, such as:

  • public health officer
  • community development worker
  • policy analyst
  • program evaluator
  • health educator
  • project officer and consumer advocate

within a variety of organisations such as:

  • government health departments
  • population health units
  • community health centres
  • non–governmental health organisations (NGOs)
  • advocacy groups
  • international health agencies
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • pharmaceutical and medical technology companies.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health, 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

BIOL123 Cells and Tissues - the Fabric of Life

BIOL125 Human Biology 1

BMSC102 Numerical Reasoning

PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health

Year 1 - Semester 2

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

BMSC201 Communicating Ideas in Science

BIOL126 Human Biology 2

PUBH103 Epidemiology

Year 2 - Semester 1

BMSC209 Pathophysiology

CHEM105 Foundations of Chemistry

HLSC120 Indigenous Health and Culture

PUBH102 Foundations of Health Promotion

Year 2 - Semester 2

BMSC100 Introductory Biostatistics

CHEM106 Physical and Organic Chemistry

PUBH200 Globalisation, Environment and Health

PUBH205 Public Health Emergency Response

Year 3 - Semester 1

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

CHEM204 Biochemistry

PUBH306 Public Health Policy and Law

PUBH204 Public Health Economics

Year 3 - Semester 2

BIOL205 Pharmacology 1

BMSC103 Research Design and Ethics

HLSC301 Community Engagement

BMSC207 Microbiology and Immunology

Year 4 - Semester 1

Biomedical Science Elective

PUBH302 Applied Public Health 1

PUBH304 Public Health Advocacy

Public health elective

Year 4 - Semester 2

PUBH312 Applied Health Promotion

PUBH305 Applied Public Health 2

PUBH303 Applied Public Health Communication

PUBH311 Contemporary Issues in Public Health

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.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate, including studies in Mathematics. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

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.

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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 that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


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

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours) or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties in public health and global health.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3133
  • Average first year fee: $25064
  • Estimate total cost: $100256

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 1200210133

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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