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Australia’s health system is grappling with an aging population, increasing life expectancy, and the prevalence of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. These and other factors require our health industry to innovate and provide more efficient services. The Master of Health Sciences at La Trobe will equip you with the skills and knowledge to meet these challenges, and to provide leadership in a rapidly evolving industry.

Conveniently located at our City Campus, this course involves face-to-face, online and self-directed learning. You’ll study under experienced and supportive staff actively engaged with industry, and benefit from guest speakers with varied skillsets and professional experiences. You’ll also have multiple opportunities to apply your learning to real-world problems with field trips and immersion experiences available during the degree.

Our program includes an initial year of course work in your area of specialisation – choosing from a major in gerontology, health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion, health promoting palliative care, rehabilitation counselling, or spiritual care. Then, depending on your academic performance and interests, you’ll have the opportunity to complete your second year in research mode by completing a minor thesis, or by undertaking a project in practice mode.

Our Master’s program will provide you with the advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services. On completion, you’ll be ready to assume high-level coordination and management roles, or to proceed to further studies in a higher research degree.

Career opportunities

Completing a degree in health sciences at the Master’s level provides graduates with greater mobility into senior management and leadership roles in the industry. For those already working in these roles, it offers career development, and opportunities for salary increases and promotions.

Prior graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Austin Health
  • Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service
  • health departments at state and federal level
  • quality improvement units in healthcare settings
  • health-related NGOs
  • aged care, disability and rehabilitation services

Depending on your area of specialisation you may take up positions such as:

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

You will be qualified to work across a variety of industries including:

  • healthcare and medicine
  • consultancy
  • community and social development
  • insurance
  • pharmaceuticals
  • gerontology

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Course details for local students

Master of Health Sciences

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$24,600 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Prerequisites:
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.
Professional recognition:
The Health Administration stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). The Rehabilitation Counselling stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC). Depending on subject choice, graduates of the Master of Health Sciences may apply for membership with the ACHSM, ASORC, or the Australian Health Promotion Association. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Some majors are held at our City Campus. Please check with the Faculty for further information.
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:

Sample course structure

Gerontology major Sample Course Structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Foundation Studies in Gerontology
  • Care and Support Services for Older People

Semester 2

  • Health and Wellbeing of Older People

Five subjects from the list below:

Semester 1

  • The Australian Health Systems
  • Integrated Health Promotion

Semester 1 or 2

  • Choose any fifth-year Public Health or Health Information Management subject, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.

Semester 2

  • Dementia Care – A Multidimensional Approach
  • Spirituality and Palliative Care
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Health Data for Decision Making

Year 2

In second year, students choose either the Practice or Research mode and complete a further 120 credit points of study.

Practice Mode – all year

  • Action Learning Project

Semester 1 or 2

  • Choose five elective subjects, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.

Research Mode

Summer Semester

  • Advanced Research Skills

Semester 1

  • Minor Thesis

Semester 1 or 2

  • Choose one fifth-year subject, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.

Semester 2

  • Minor Thesis
  • Policy Planning and Practice in Aged Care
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Health, or Qualitative Methods in Health Research

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Specialisations, majors and minors

The degree offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialties in the health field to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research.

Depending on your choice of major your area of study and the subjects you will take will change.

The Master of Health Sciences has nine majors, four of which are not available to International Students.

Majors available to both domestic and international students are:

  • Gerontology
  • Health administration
  • Health information management
  • Health evaluation and research
  • Health policy

Majors available only to domestic students are:

  • Health promotion
  • Health promoting palliative care
  • Rehabilitation counselling

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Choose Master of Health Sciences at La Trobe

Australia’s health system is grappling with an aging population, increasing life expectancy, and the prevalence of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. These and other factors require our health industry to innovate and provide more efficient services. The Master of Health Sciences at La Trobe will equip you with the skills and knowledge to meet these challenges, and to provide leadership in a rapidly evolving industry.

Conveniently located at our City Campus, this course involves face-to-face, online and self-directed learning. You’ll study under experienced and supportive staff actively engaged with industry, and benefit from guest speakers with varied skillsets and professional experiences. You’ll also have multiple opportunities to apply your learning to real-world problems with field trips and immersion experiences available during the degree.

Our program includes an initial year of course work in your area of specialisation – choosing from a major in gerontology, health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion, health promoting palliative care, rehabilitation counselling, or spiritual care. Then, depending on your academic performance and interests, you’ll have the opportunity to complete your second year in research mode by completing a minor thesis, or by undertaking a project in practice mode.

Our Master’s program will provide you with the advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services. On completion, you’ll be ready to assume high-level coordination and management roles, or to proceed to further studies in a higher research degree.

Career opportunities

Completing a degree in health sciences at the Master’s level provides graduates with greater mobility into senior management and leadership roles in the industry. For those already working in these roles, it offers career development, and opportunities for salary increases and promotions.

Prior graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Austin Health
  • Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service
  • health departments at state and federal level
  • quality improvement units in healthcare settings
  • health-related NGOs
  • aged care, disability and rehabilitation services

Depending on your area of specialisation you may take up positions such as:

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

You will be qualified to work across a variety of industries including:

  • healthcare and medicine
  • community and social development
  • insurance
  • rehabilitation
  • food technology
  • pharmaceuticals

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.

Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

Register now

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Course details for international students

Master of Health Sciences (075420D)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 (March)
Fees amount ($A):
35 400
Campus:
City
Duration:
2 years
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.
Special requirements:
Applicants this course must also complete a Supplementary Application Form available from: the La Trobe International website
Professional recognition:
The Health Administration stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). The Rehabilitation Counselling stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC). Depending on subject choice, graduates of the Master of Health Sciences may apply for membership with the ACHSM, ASORC, or the Australian Health Promotion Association. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
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.
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:

Sample course structure

Gerontology major Sample Course Structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Foundation Studies in Gerontology
  • Care and Support Services for Older People

Semester 2

  • Health and Wellbeing of Older People

Five subjects from the list below:

Semester 1

  • The Australian Health Systems
  • Integrated Health Promotion

Semester 1 or 2

  • Choose any fifth-year Public Health or Health Information Management subject, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.

Semester 2

  • Dementia Care – A Multidimensional Approach
  • Spirituality and Palliative Care
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Health Data for Decision Making

Year 2

In second year, students choose either the Practice or Research mode and complete a further 120 credit points of study.

Practice Mode – all year

  • Action Learning Project

Semester 1 or 2

  • Choose five elective subjects, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.

Research Mode

Summer Semester

  • Advanced Research Skills

Semester 1

  • Minor Thesis

Semester 1 or 2

  • Choose one fifth-year subject, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.

Semester 2

  • Minor Thesis
  • Policy Planning and Practice in Aged Care
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Health, or Qualitative Methods in Health Research

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Specialisations, majors and minors

The degree offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialties in the health field to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research.

Depending on your choice of major your area of study and the subjects you will take will change.

The Master of Health Sciences has nine majors, four of which are not available to International Students.

Majors available to both domestic and international students are:

  • Gerontology
  • Health administration
  • Health information management
  • Health evaluation and research
  • Health policy

Majors available only to domestic students are:

  • Health promotion
  • Health promoting palliative care
  • Rehabilitation counselling

Contact us