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Start Date
January, March, June, September

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
Online

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code
XBCH

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Full-time or part-time

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Key features

  • Gain specialised non-clinical skills and knowledge in community health and explore your passion for wellness.
  • Focus your studies in areas such as mental health, disability and aged care.
  • Work on real-world projects that shape the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Graduate career-ready with the skills to easily transition into community health care environments.
  • Learn from world-class staff who are experts in delivering online degrees in health science and community health.
  • Course content is available from the start of the term, so you can control your own study timetable.
  • No need to come on campus, all assessments are 100% online.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study on demand – a 100% online community health degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, engage with content from day one of your course, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Gain specialised non-clinical skills and knowledge in community health and fuel your passion for wellness.

Learn how to plan, develop, implement and evaluate community health programs, along with strategies to address health challenges faced by diverse communities.

Through a combination of industry focused assessments and projects, and supported by a strong theoretical foundation, this degree will prepare you to work as a non-clinical health professional across the health and community care sector.

You’ll gain real-world experience by working on projects that contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities while potentially make a difference to the lives of individuals.

The flexibility of this degree puts you in control of when and where you study. We provide personalised and extended-hour support so you have the best chance to succeed and thrive in your studies.

Study Community Health on Demand

Dr Anna Gregory, Online Course Facilitator and Dr Negin Mirriahi, Academic Developer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the Community Health degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Community Health

Why this Degree

Health is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia, and there is a strong demand for professionals with skills in non-clinical health, policy and wellbeing.

In your studies you’ll work on real-world projects that can make a difference to your local community and beyond.

You'll graduate with the skills to pursue career opportunities in environments that support community health in a range of areas including disability and ageing.

We have extensive industry connections and partnerships right around the world. These connections enable us to design curriculum that reflects the latest in community health research and practice.

For example, many of our researchers – and your lecturers – are involved with the South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI), The Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, the Centre for Population Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology.

Your career

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Between now and 2020, strong growth in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector in Australia is expected to create significantly more jobs than any other industry1.

The industry will continue to seek dedicated people with specialised skills, in-depth industry knowledge and an understanding of health beyond illness and disease.

Careers to consider:

  • Community key health worker: coordinate health and community services to support individuals to live as independently as possible; offer physical, emotional and social support.
  • Project officer: ensure health and social care projects are planned and delivered successfully.
  • Professional services officer: provide administration, organisational support and project management in health and community services.
  • Community health development officer: ensure the growth and overall health and vitality of a region; community health development officers might work for not-for-profit organisations, social service agencies and financial institutions.
  • Health support worker: assisting specialist teams and services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; mental health; drug and alcohol services, refugee services, and homelessness.
  • Aged care and disability care coordinators: lead and manage home and community services to support individuals to live well and independently.

1 Australian Jobs 2016 (Department of Employment, Australia)

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, March, June and September
  • Learn in bite-sized 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • One minute online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

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Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, we’re ranked in the top ten in Australia for online students who find full time employment1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

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Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support to help with your studies

Every UniSA Online student will have have access to dedicated support by our Student Adviser team, who have specific knowledge about the degree you're enrolled in. It’s what makes the UniSA Online study experience unique from other online providers. You can be confident that by studying with UniSA Online, you’ll be supported by people who genuinely care about your success.

Online tutor support seven days a week

UniSA Online tutors are available to answer your questions seven days a week – even on week nights. Our tutors specialise in online teaching, and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. They’ll provide guidance on your assignments, as well as provide advice on writing and referencing. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours.

24/7 tech support

You don’t need to be a tech expert to study online. Our IT Help Desk are on available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, connection to UniSA wireless, student email and other UniSA Apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support via a range of channels including online enquiry, email and phone.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

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What others are saying

UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Community Health is a fantastic new degree that will provide a pathway for people to build skills and expertise to work in community care. By building strong health based knowledge into the care we provide in the community, we can improve outcomes for clients. The focus on improved health, well-being and dignity to individuals in this degree embeds a holistic approach to care in the community.  Congratulations to UniSA Online on this degree – it is really needed!

Bronwyn Masters

General Manager, RDNS SA (now part of the Silver Chain Group)

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Bronwyn Masters

General Manager, RDNS SA (now part of the Silver Chain Group)

Industry facts

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More than 1.5 million workers are employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, accounting for 13 per cent of the Australian workforce, making it the largest services industry in Australia in 2015-6.1

1ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment

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Strong employment growth is projected to continue for Community and Personal Service Workers to 231,600 (19 per cent).1

1Employment Outlook to November 2020, Australian Government Department of Employment

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Almost one in five Australians reported living with a disability, and over one million older Australians currently receive some form of aged care and support services each year.1

1Department of Social Services Ageing and Aged Care. Aged Care Reform, accessed from Senior Living and Health, Australian Government Australian Trade and Investment Commission. Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree will prepare you for a career as a non-clinical health professional, providing you with a strong foundation of knowledge in areas like human biology, psychology, mental health and cultural safety in both national and international settings.

You’ll learn how to work with a diverse range of clients, to develop plans that assist in the delivery of care by health professionals, and how to remain up-to-date with the changing regulations and technologies in this evolving field.

You’ll work on projects in your final year that directly enhance the lives of individuals and groups in your community.

Some of the courses you’ll study include:

  • Nutrition and Health
  • Disability and Ageing – Diversity and Discrimination
  • Project Management for Health and Wellness
  • Public Health

Tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects through your choice of electives - you can select two electives from a range of UniSA Online degrees.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.

Assessment

Assessment

All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports


What courses you'll study

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to Lynda.com - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

I have been in the Community Health industry for approximately thirty years, having worked as a physiotherapist, tertiary educator, professional leader and health services researcher. I am a keen advocate of safety and quality in health care. I really enjoy the rapid pace, lively discussions and immediacy of communication when working with students in the online space.

Dr Anna Gregory

Online Course Facilitator

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Dr Anna Gregory

Online Course Facilitator

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How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to request a call back, continue your application or save it for later.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UnISA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents
    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

That’s it! Once you hit submit, your application will be assessed within three business days.

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