Health sciences

Why study Health sciences?

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries within the Australian economy and is undergoing substantial reform. This has led to the development of new areas of speciality and changing standards in existing areas. Health care is one of the best sectors in which to find employment. This degree will suit graduate healthcare professionals who want to pursue specialties in major study areas:

  • Gerontology (Franklin Street campus)
  • Health Administration (Franklin Street campus)
  • Health Evaluation and Research (Franklin Street campus)
  • Health Information Management (Melbourne campus)
  • Health Policy (Franklin Street campus)
  • Health Promoting Palliative Care (Franklin Street campus)
  • Health Promotion (Franklin Street campus)
  • Rehabilitation Counselling (Franklin Street campus)
  • Spiritual Care (Franklin Street campus)

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Health Science qualifications can lead to career opportunities as policy analysts, health program coordinators and managers, rehabilitation counsellors and other health professional roles.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Master of Exercise Physiology
Duration :
1 year full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (January)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
Exercise physiologists specialise in designing and delivering exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for people throughout the community, including those with chronic illnesses and health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. This course aims to provide the skills and knowledge to design and implement exercise programs for people with known disease. Theory and practice are integrated through supervised clinical experience and clinically related studies. You will develop strong clinical and professional skills to prescribe and monitor exercise to assess and enhance health and function after injury or chronic disease. Graduates are eligible for full graduate membership of the national professional association, the Health Information Management Association of Australia.
Professional recognition
The Master of Exercise Physiology is accredited at the levels of exercise science and exercise physiology by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia, under the National University Course Accreditation Program. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
An Australian Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science (or its equivalent) with a GPA of 5.5 out of 7 completed within the last five years. Applicants who completed their Bachelor degree more than five years ago may still be eligible on the basis of postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience. The Bachelor degree must have the essential prerequisites studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Psychology, and Motor Control and Learning.

Only candidates eligible for accreditation by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an exercise scientist can be admitted to this course.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$31,500 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2017 are now closed.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Health Sciences
Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion and gerontology, gerontology, plus rehabilitation counselling, spiritual care and palliative care.
Professional recognition
The Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Graduates of the Master of Health Sciences may be eligible to apply for registration with an appropriate professional association including the Australasian College of Health Service Management, the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Applicants without an undergraduate degree or professional experience may be able to access some majors in the MHSc through provisional enrolment arrangements. Additional entry requirements for specific majors are listed with the information for that study program.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$23,000 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Some majors are held at our City Campus. Please check with the Faculty for further information.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.


See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2017

Master of Exercise Physiology (079551E)

Duration :
1.5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
31 500
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
Exercise physiologists specialise in designing and delivering exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for people throughout the community, including those with chronic illnesses and health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. This course aims to provide the skills and knowledge to design and implement exercise programs for people with known disease. Theory and practice are integrated through supervised clinical experience and clinically related studies. You will develop strong clinical and professional skills to prescribe and monitor exercise to assess and enhance health and function after injury or chronic disease. Graduates are eligible for full graduate membership of the national professional association, the Health Information Management Association of Australia.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test: equivalent;

TOEFL Internet-based Test: equivalent;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: equivalent per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted;

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of C or higher.

ELICOS: stage 6 with a minimum score of 70%.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science (or its equivalent) with a GPA of 5.5 out of 7 completed within the last five years. Applicants who completed their Bachelor degree more than five years ago may still be eligible on the basis of postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience. The Bachelor degree must have the essential prerequisites studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Psychology, and Motor Control and Learning.

Only candidates eligible for accreditation by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an exercise scientist can be admitted to this course.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition
The Master of Exercise Physiology is accredited at the levels of exercise science and exercise physiology by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia, under the National University Course Accreditation Program. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

A limited number of La Trobe College Excellence Scholarships are available, offering up to 25% reduction on your postgraduate course fees. Learn More
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Health Sciences (075420D)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 000
Campus
Franklin Street
Year
2017
About this course
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion and gerontology, gerontology, plus rehabilitation counselling, spiritual care and palliative care.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Applicants without an undergraduate degree or professional experience may be able to access some majors in the MHSc through provisional enrolment arrangements. Additional entry requirements for specific majors are listed with the information for that study program.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Applicants must review the Supplementary checklist for required documents to submit with their application.

Available majors only: Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Evaluation and Research. Most majors are held at Franklin Street Campus, please check with Faculty for further information. As this Campus is located in the CBD, you might like to consider finding accommodation closer to your campus.
Professional recognition
The Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Graduates of the Master of Health Sciences may be eligible to apply for registration with an appropriate professional association including the Australasian College of Health Service Management, the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

A limited number of La Trobe College Excellence Scholarships are available, offering up to 25% reduction on your postgraduate course fees. Learn More
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Health Information Management
  • Diploma in Health Research Methodology

Health sciences placements

Depending on which major you select, there may be opportunities for placements within a relevant industry employer.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Health sciences.