Master of Health Sciences

Choose Health Sciences at La Trobe

  • Find your niche in one of Australia's fastest growing industries.
  • Build on your existing skills and focus your career options.
  • Get the skills and confidence to move into high-level management and research.
  • Choose between nine different majors.
  • Take advantage of flexible options and combine study with work and family.

Career outcomes

The course positions you as a high-level healthcare program and service coordinator. Aimed at professionals already working in health sciences, this course gives you the skills to develop health-related policy and apply it through effective programs and services in these specialist areas:

  • Gerontology
  • Health Administration
  • Health Evaluation and Research
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promoting Palliative Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Spiritual Care.

A Master of Health Sciences could lead to a career as a:

  • policy analyst
  • health program coordinator or manager
  • rehabilitation counsellor and more.

This course is also a pathway to further study and research.

What you'll learn

How to

  • conduct applied research in health or community services settings
  • apply analytical skills in a range of environments
  • source and interpret health data
  • understand the aged care service sector

Course structure

Your course content will depend on your chosen major. Most of the majors follow a similar structure, with a mix of compulsory and elective subjects in the first year and your choice to follow either a practical or research stream in your second year.

Master of Health Sciences majors

  • Gerontology
  • Health Administration
  • Health Evaluation and Research
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promoting Palliative Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Spiritual Care.

For detailed information on core and elective subjects, look up your major in the handbook.


How to apply

Direct

Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.

International

Find out about how to apply as an international student.


 

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administration (RACMA). 

Inside look

Linda Beilharz, OAM, is a graduate of the Master of Health Sciences and the first Australian woman to ski from the edge of land to both the South and North Poles. This is just one the many expeditions that she draws upon to speak to community and school groups about resilience, team work and environmental sustainability.

After completing her Master of Health Sciences in 1999, Linda has played an active role in the community development field. She was inducted onto the Victorian Women's Honour Roll in 2006, appointed Executive Officer of Women's Health Loddon Mallee in 2007 and named Adventurer of the Year by Australian Geographic in 2010.

Linda Beilharz

Linda Beilharz

Alumni,

“La Trobe Alumni and 2013 Bendigo Citizen of the Year”

story

Linda Beilharz is the first Australian woman to ski from the edge of land to both the South and North Poles. Each of these journeys took around two months in gruelling conditions including blizzards and -30 degree Celsius temperatures.

The experiences drew on every ounce of willpower and strength that Linda possessed. Linda uses stories from the expeditions to speak to community and school groups about resilience, team work and environmental sustainability. She has established a not-for-profit company, Journeys for Learning, which supports this work.

Linda Beilharz has lived in Bendigo for 30 years having raised a family there and working in the community development field with disability, welfare and health promotion agencies. Linda was appointed to the position of Executive Officer of Women’s Health Loddon Mallee in August 2007.

Linda is an active and significant contributor to the Bendigo community, with a strong and consistent record of community involvement through volunteer roles which have drawn on her professional and adventuring experience. She is active in many community groups including Interchange, the Bendigo Sustainability Group. She is also a private pilot and the current president of Alpine Search and Rescue.

Linda Beilharz graduated from La Trobe University in 1993 with a Graduate Diploma of Community Development and Masters of Health Sciences in 1999. In 2006 Linda was inducted onto the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll and also awarded the 1974 Memorial Grant by the Australian Women in Aviation. In 2010 Linda was chosen by Australian Geographic as the Adventurer of the Year.

Featured staff

Dr Angela Herd

Dr Herd is the coordinator of the Postgraduate Gerontology Program in the Master of Health Sciences at La Trobe and teaches the core subjects Foundation Studies in Gerontology and Policy, Planning and Practice in Aged Care.

As the postgraduate research coordinator for the Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing, she provides supervision to postgraduate students in areas of ageing and aged care. Prior to this appointment, Dr Herd worked for ten years at St Vincent's Health, with over eight years managing the Nutrition Department while conducting a collaborative research project in aged care for Deakin University and Barwon Health. Dr Herd continues to conduct research in healthy aging, older people and residential care.

See Dr Herd's full staff profile.

Dr Simon Barraclough

Dr Simon Barraclough is coordinator of the Health Policy major in the Master of Health Sciences at La Trobe. He teaches advanced health policy at a postgraduate level and has also developed a pioneering subject in Australia's international health relations.

Dr Barraclough's research interests include general health policy, the political economy of health systems in developing countries, health management, international investment in health services, health industry exports, international health relations and tobacco control policies in developing countries. He is the Associate Editor (Policy) of the Australian Health Review.

See Dr Barraclough's full staff profile.

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