First Bachelor of Health Science cohort graduates from UTS
- The inaugural cohort of students from the Bachelor of Health Science has graduated from UTS
- The Faculty of Health launched the undergraduate degree in 2016
On 13 May, UTS celebrated its inaugural cohort of students to graduate from the Bachelor of Health Science.
First launched in 2016, the Bachelor of Health Science enables students to undertake non-clinical roles that aim to improve human health, reduce health inequalities and promote social justice.
With a strong emphasis on the social model of health, the Bachelor of Health Science was introduced to allow students to develop transdisciplinary skills across diverse health care contexts.
Associate Professor Melissa Kang, course coordinator for the program, says that the degree introduces students to opportunities in various organisations in the health sector and non-government organisations in Australia and internationally.
“The Bachelor of Health Science degree at UTS prepares students for a career in the broad field of health care," she says.
For some, it will be the preparatory course for a clinical vocation – that is, working directly with health care consumers in a clinical setting. For others, it will lead to further study or straight into a job in the health system and beyond.”
Students in the Bachelor of Health Science can choose to major in Global Health, Digital Health and Analytics, Pharmacology or Human Structure and Function (or some choose to go without any major). This provides them with the flexibility to make a difference across multiple settings of health care.
With such diverse options to select from, graduates of the course are equipped to become change agents across different health care contexts.
Lecturer Bernard Saliba says that seeing the growth of the students and the course has been inspiring.
“I felt a connection to the students; they were an inspiration to me and I hope I was an inspiration to them,” he says. “It was a privilege for me to teach the students, who were going into the course without any guidance from past students. There was no one before them.”
“The students were very understanding throughout the degree. They really valued that the course was taught by people who have all worked in industry and who bring something different to class.”
Newly graduated student Theodore Panagopoulus says that he found studying the course was intellectually stimulating.
“UTS introduced me to different forms of thinking and exposed me to various new opportunities for professional development,” he says.
For students such as Theodore, the possibilities after graduating are endless.
“I have secured a Health Service Management Trainee position at Northern Sydney Local Health District and am studying a Master of Health Service Management,” he says.
UTS Health congratulates all graduates and wishes them well in their future endeavours!