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Start Date
January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code

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Full-time or part-time

AUD$ 25,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • Study a degree that has been developed in response to Australia’s ageing population and the increased demand it’s creating in the health care and social assistance sector.
  • Explore the personal, structural, and social factors that influence the health and wellbeing of our ageing population.
  • Examine ageing and disability-friendly environments, Aboriginal Australian health inequalities, and existing government and social policies that promote healthy ageing.
  • Uncover the current issues, opportunities and adaptations required in our health systems and services.
  • Gain the skills to develop strategies and solutions to tackle growing challenges in the health sector.
  • Join a university ranked in the top 5 in Australia for graduate careers in health.1

1Ranked #3, ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Rehabilitation – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). Public universities.



Study On Demand – a 100% online healthy ageing degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study – access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

UniSA Online’s Healthy Ageing degree explores a range of factors that influence our health and wellbeing as we grow older. Learn how communities, organisations, and governments are responding to the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population.  

In Australia, the number of people aged 65 and older is projected to exceed the number of children aged 14 and younger by 20301. This demographic change has an impact on almost all aspects of society, from the health workforce, long-term care, and housing to labour and financial markets, education, and social support. Your understanding of the factors that influence healthy ageing will position you well in your health career.

In this degree, you’ll study core courses offered in the Bachelor of Health Science before moving on to your Healthy Ageing specialisation from the second year. Discover what age-friendly environments and landscapes look like, learn about the role of nutrition and food as we grow older, explore personal, structural, and social factors that influence lifestyle choices, and analyse factors that influence workforce participation by older people. You’ll also analyse current international and national policy perspectives in this field.

This healthy ageing degree is perfect those who are already working in the health sector and looking to expand their knowledge and skills to help our ageing population live healthier, more independent lives. It’s also a great option for those looking to enter the health sector for the first time.

1 Australian Demographic Statistics, June 2019, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

A solid foundation of health science knowledge is extremely important no matter where your career takes you. Fascinated by the human body? Learn about muscles, nerves, bone structure and major blood vessels including the function of muscle groups of the limbs, spine trunk and thorax. Discover how body systems work together as well as how the body responds physiologically to disease. Understand the role of food and nutrition for good health and how a healthy diet can reduce the risk of age-related chronic disease.

The ageing of the population will have far-reaching implications for society. Key challenges for the health system include changing health profiles, increased demand for health services, and rising health costs. UniSA Online’s healthy ageing degree explores current issues, as well as the opportunities and adaptations required in our health systems and services when it comes to promoting health and wellbeing in older people.

Our exposure to health risks, such as air pollution or violence, and our access to quality health and social care are all influenced by the environments in which we live. You’ll learn about age-friendly designs in the home, the workplace, urban spaces, recreation facilities, and on public transport.

Social connections have a major impact on everyone, no matter their age. Maintaining relationships and spending time with others is essential to our mental health and wellbeing. You’ll learn about the health benefits of social networks, the impact it has on reducing loneliness, as well as evidence-based strategies and technology-based interventions to strengthen social networks in the human services.

Australian Aboriginals are ageing at a much faster rate than the non-Indigenous population. Explore the reasons why Aboriginal Australians have higher rates of age-related diseases, higher rates of dementia and lower life expectancies. The knowledge you gain will allow you to truly make a difference in your community. You’ll learn to develop strategies and solutions to help solve these issues, enhance healthy ageing in Aboriginal Australians, and directly impact the people and communities around you.

Population ageing is expected to increase the absolute number of people with disabilities, simply because disability becomes more common with age. Your courses will examine the Disability Discrimination Act, legal rights of redress, elder abuse, media representations of disability and ageing, and related violence against the aged and those with disabilities.

Your health sciences degree will equip you with a transferable skillset that you’ll be able to apply in a wide variety of cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary roles in the health sector. A practical case management course in your final year ensures you graduate with up-to-date knowledge of the aged care and support industries.

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.



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.

Degree structure

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

Study Healthy Ageing On Demand

Craig Williams, Program Director: UniSA Online gives an insight into what the Bachelor of Health Science (Healthy Ageing) is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Health Science (Healthy Ageing)

Why this Degree

Join a university ranked in the top 5 in Australia for graduate careers in health.1

Healthy ageing has become a central focus on the global stage. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing. Closer to home, state governments and local councils are also developing action plans to promote health and wellbeing in older people. If you are passionate about improving the lives of others and their families and communities, this degree is the perfect fit.

UniSA Online’s Healthy Ageing degree has been developed in response to Australia’s ageing population and the increased demand it’s created in the health care and social assistance sector. This degree instils the professional skills and knowledge required to prepare you for a future career in an increasingly complex and ever-changing health landscape.

UniSA is rated as a top 5 young university in Australia for research quality,2 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international organisations to deliver impact and change. Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning, and as a result, you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct hands-on experience.

1Ranked #3, ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Rehabilitation – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). Public universities.
2Ranked #4, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.

Career outcomes


Your career

Strong employment growth is predicted for the health care and social assistance industries, with 23% growth (equating to about 250,000 new jobs) expected by 20231.
With royal commissions underway into the aged care industry and disability sector, it’s anticipated that the implementation of recommendations arising from these royal commissions will contribute further to growth in jobs, particularly in non-clinical roles including policy and compliance.

  • Healthy ageing policy analyst: Analyse healthy ageing policies and their effects on government and organisation programs and operations; implement and oversee research and analysis projects; develop strategies and proposals on policy development in designated reform areas; draft policy positions and statements; consult with relevant advisory groups, government officials and other key stakeholders; and collate and present project findings, data and policy positions in papers and reports.

  • Healthy ageing project officer: Build the capacity of community organisations to undertake community development initiatives that support healthy ageing; create supportive environments that enhance participation opportunities for older people; develop resources that support healthy ageing in communities; build relationships with key service providers and community groups in local areas; consult older adults, health services and community organisations to identify community needs and opportunities.

  • Active and healthy ageing adviser: Review and build on evidence-based strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of older people; develop networks to improve organisational and workforce capacity to promote health and wellbeing; understand the determinants of healthy ageing including healthy lifestyle factors and age-friendly environments; and provide support and education through online training, workshops and resources to help organisations and staff take a healthy ageing approach.

  • Health and welfare services officer: Coordinate the professional and administrative aspects of health and welfare programs and services; develop and implement policies and standards for medical, nursing, allied health and administrative staff; coordinate and administer health and welfare programs and clinical services; liaise with other health and welfare providers, boards and funding bodies; and advise government bodies about measures to improve health and welfare services and facilities.

  • Community program developer: Research, plan and implement programs and activities that promote and increase participation of older people in communities; build networks and develop partnerships with community organisations to achieve positive outcomes for the local community, and work with people from diverse backgrounds and supervise and develop staff and volunteers.

  • Aboriginal health officer: Deliver high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate health care services in urban, regional, rural, and remote locations across Australia; develop tailored educational resources and training for community organisations and non-Aboriginal organisations; advocate for culturally respectful and needs-based approaches to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Health promotion officer: Plan and develop policies, strategies and projects that promote health at a local, regional, or national level; develop the health awareness of individuals, groups, and organisations; run community training courses and workshops; write and produce leaflets, posters, videos and brochures to aid health promotion in different environments; and ensure work is underpinned by up-to-date knowledge of health promotion theory.

  • Healthy ageing coordinator: Lead strategic action plans in healthy ageing, wellness, and inclusiveness for older people; ensure services are provided in a safe environment; engage with internal and external stakeholders; identify trends and contribute to proposals of healthy ageing services; monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of services provided; and coordinate volunteer-led initiatives that promote healthy ageing and independence of older people.


Industry facts


By 2050, the global population of older people will have more than doubled, to 2.1 billion.1

1UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030


1 in 7 Australians are aged 65 years and older.2

2In 2017. Older Australians at a Glance, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


1.9 million people – the number employed in the health care and social assistance industry by 2024.3

3Health Care and Social Assistance employment projections to May 2024, Department of Employment

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Your study experience and support

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.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked as the number one university in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

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.

1 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey, 2020-22 – Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

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

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment. You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment supports 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.

Student services

IT Requirements

Generally, 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 (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

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 LinkedIn Learning - 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 Microsoft Teams, 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.

How to apply

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

  1. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

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  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  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.

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