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.