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Are you a health professional who is looking to specialise your career in health science?

If so, the Master of Health Science offered by the University of Newcastle, aims to provide you with a comprehensive and superior education.

You will have the opportunity to focus your study around one of the three core disciplines:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Primary Health Care
  • Stroke Management

This program will provide you with an in-depth learning experience in your chosen field, presenting you with employment opportunities across a range of public health disciplines including primary health care, assessment and counselling of alcohol and other drug problems and working with people diagnosed with stroke. Further to this you may choose to take on more senior roles within clinical leadership, health advocacy, research studies and/or health planning and promotion.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your accredited Master of Health Science at a time that suits you. You can also enrol in first or second semester.

The University of Newcastle has designed the Master of Heath Science to offer you three distinct career paths in alcohol and drug studies, primary health care or stroke management.

Structured to offer you an advanced education in your chosen specialisation, you will study specialisation- specific compulsory courses as well as elective courses which you can chose from a prescribed or directed list. This enables you to personalise your study program.

Alcohol and Drug specialisation

This specialisation will prepare you with knowledge across multiple drug and alcohol related disciplines including epidemiology, clinical consequences of drug use and dependence, explanatory models, pharmacology and a range of research and evidence based literature. Outside of the core coursework you will focus on establishing clinical context for drug and alcohol problems, along with understanding what motivates changes in health behaviour. This specialisation requires you to undertake 100 hours of practical experience.

Primary Health Care specialisation

Not only will you develop your knowledge and skills in the delivery of primary health care, you will learn how to develop the right attitude to work as an expert clinician. This specialisation will encourage you to focus on how to deliver best-possible patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based research and knowledge transfer. You will study courses including epidemiology, motivating health behaviour change, primary health care and contemporary issues in chronic disease management.

Stroke Management specialisation

This specialisation will provide you with strong foundational knowledge in stroke management, knowledge transfer and rehabilitation. This specialisation will encourage you to focus on how to deliver best-possible patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based research and knowledge transfer. Having completed this program, you’ll be able to develop, evaluated and research health initiatives that aim to promote health outcomes in people at risk of stroke or diagnosed with stroke.

All three specialisations give you the opportunity to choose from wide range of courses including research and statistics, public health, management of chronic diseases, family studies, occupational health and safety, and courses from the other two specialisations in the Health Science program.



Program requirements

AQF Level 8 applicants will: * possess a Bachelor degree and Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in a health related area * currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority AQF Level 7 applicants will: * possess a Bachelor degree with a minimum of 3 years continuous post graduate practice within a health related area * currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority * provide a portfolio demonstrating advanced continuing professional development and education in a health related area AQF Level 6 applicants will: * possess an Advanced Diploma in a health related area with a minimum of 8> years-experience * currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority * provide a portfolio demonstrating advanced continuing professional development and education in a health related area Recognition of Prior Learning RPL will be assessed by the Program Convenor using the information provided below: * Submission by the applicant of a statement outlining the relevant work experience that applies to the program learning outcomes of an AQF Level 8 Health Degree or Cognate area. * Submission of transcripts from previous education qualifications in English or with an authorised English translation; * Submission of a detailed resume/CV setting out educational qualifications and work experience; * Interview (where necessary) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5
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