Overview

Master of Health Science

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.

Career Pathways

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 Other Drugs 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 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 leadership roles 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.

Specialisations

The University of Newcastle has designed the Master of Heath Science to offer you three distinct career paths in Alcohol and Other Drugs , 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 Other Drugs 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. You will 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, evaluate and research health initiatives that aim to improve 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.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Health Science program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

Applicants who hold a four year undergraduate degree in a health related field (eg medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, psychology, education) may apply for admission to the Master of Health Science. Please ensure that certified copies of academic transcripts are included with your online application.

Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should also hold an Honours degree or additional postgraduate qualification (such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; OR be able to demonstrate a minimum of one year’s work experience in a related field.

If you would like your work experience to be considered, please provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience will be assessed by the program convenor.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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