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Overview

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.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Health Science is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

The University of Newcastle has designed the Master of Health Science to offer a specialised education in alcohol and other drugs, primary health care and stroke management.

If you have a bachelor degree in an approved health related discipline and are looking to move into research or influence the development of clinical programs, the Master of Health Science has specialisations that enable you to fine tune your studies to suit your career goals.

Offered online, this advanced program will develop your professional skills, theoretical knowledge and your ability to critically appraise the evidence. This will mean you are better placed to apply and evidence-based approach, develop innovative health initiatives, champion effective health programs a and advance your career in your area of expertise.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Study

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.

To find out more about where the Master of Heath Science can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Health Science offers an extended educational grounding, preparing you with a broad knowledge base in one of the three specialisations offered by this program. All these specialisations will prepare you to critically appraise research literature and apply evidence-based findings in the workplace.

The alcohol and drug specialisation will prepare you to apply evidence-based findings in the workplace and an appreciation of preventative approaches related to alcohol and other drug use, including epidemiology, clinical consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context and pharmacology.

The Primary Health Care and Stroke Management specialisations promote the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes so that you can function as an expert clinician within these specialist inter-professional services and health care teams.

Educational opportunities in specialist areas have increased demand for skilled and qualified practitioners. As a graduate, you can look forward to pursuing a career in areas across a range of public health disciplines and developing and evaluating evidence-based health initiatives that improve outcomes in individuals, communities and populations. You may also choose to take on leadershiproles within advocacy, research studies or health planning and promotion.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Health Science, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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