University Handbook 2018

Master of Health Sciences

Course code/s: HMHS

Course details
Location City Campus - Collins Street
Course code HMHS
Mid year intake available Yes - Part-time students only.  Full-time students must commence in Semester 1.
Course coordinator Dr Bruce Rumbold
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 075420D
Course duration 2 years full-time
Credit points 240 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes

This course is not yet available at the Bendigo campus

International students need to commence their studies in first semester. Majors available to International students are Gerontology, Health Administration, Health Information Management, Health Evaluation and Research and Health Policy.

Course description

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. 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. 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.

This is a two-year, 240 credit point, full-time program. Part-time study is available to domestic students. In the initial year, students complete compulsory and elective subjects in their selected specialisation. In the final year, students build on the foundation subjects from the first year and undertake either a 45 credit point Action Learning Study or a 60 credit point minor thesis. In order to undertake the minor thesis, students must have achieved a B grade average for thesis coursework.

Domestic students who opt to terminate their studies after having completed only 60 or 120 credit points of the first year, may be eligible to take out a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in their respective areas. Please see individual course structures for each major for details on whether an alternate exit is offered for that particular major.

Students who undertake the Research Mode and perform at a high academic level, may be able to proceed to further studies in a higher degree.

Classes are held at the City Campus (Collins Street) or online subjects, depending on the subjects chosen. Full-time students can expect to take part in four hours of lectures and four hours of tutorials/workshops per week, with a further 30 to 32 hours of self-directed learning per week. This will vary if students enrol in subjects offered online where there is less face-to-face time and more self-directed study.

The course has an applied focus and aims to produce graduates able to develop and translate health, and health-related policy, into effective programs and services particularly in the specialist areas of:

Major Coordinator
Gerontology Dr Bruce Rumbold
Health administration Professor Sandra Leggat
Health information management Ms Kerin Robinson
Health evaluation and research Dr Bircan Erbas
Health policy Dr Simon Barraclough
Health promotion 1 Dr Sally Fawkes
Health promoting palliative care 1 Dr Bruce Rumbold
Rehabilitation counselling 1 Dr Paul O'Halloran
Spiritual care 1 Dr Bruce Rumbold

Key: 1Not available to international students

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Master of Health Sciences (HMHS)
Critically appraise contemporary health science theories, models, and research evidence.
Synthesise research evidence and apply it in evaluating the effectiveness of health policies, programs and strategies.
Design programs or interventions, collect and analyse data, and communicate the findings to a range of healthcare, human services and community audiences.
Evaluate evidence-based policies and develop strategies that address complex health and human services system problems.
Critically examine past, current and future trends in health and healthcare, and use research evidence to plan responses that will enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations.
Contribute, through research and reflective practice, to knowledge and practice in the area of the major study chosen for the degree.
Graduate Diploma in Health Promoting Palliative Care (HGHPP, HGHPPD) - Option to Exit Only
Critically analyse contemporary theories, models and research evidence relevant to public health approaches to palliative care
Evaluate palliative care policies, programs and strategies in a health promotion framework by skilled application of research evidence and advanced knowledge
Develop evidence-based policies and strategies that address specific problems in public health approaches to palliative care
Critically examine current and future trends in health and healthcare to discuss implications for the health and wellbeing of individuals at the end of life and of the communities that support them.
Apply reflective practice, judgment and advanced knowledge in the practice of health promoting palliative care
Explore and analyse wider health care issues, settings and practices, and identify practice implications for health promoting palliative care.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 240 credit points over two years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Gerontology

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 GER4FSG Foundation Studies in Gerontology 15
TE-SEM-1 GER4CSS Care and Support Services for Older People 15
TE-SEM-2 GER4HWB Health and Wellbeing of Older People 15
TE-SEM-1 / TE-SEM-2   Students to choose five subjects from the list below: 75

Note: LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First Year Elective List
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS The Australian Health Systems 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5INH Integrated Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-2 GER5DCM Dementia Care – A Multidimensional Approach 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SPC Spirituality and Palliative Care 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDD Health Data for Decision Making 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Elective Choose any fifth-year Public Health or Health Information Management subject,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
15

Second year

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

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Project 45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose five elective subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
75

Research mode

Second year – Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 GER5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 GER5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 GER5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 GER5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 GER5PPA Policy Planning and Practice in Aged Care 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Elective Choose one fifth-year subject,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
15
TE-W31-37
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Health administration

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HRM Human Resource Management in Health Services 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS The Australian Health System 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-WINTER PHE5HSR Health Services Resource Management 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HOR Healthy Organisations 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HCQ or
PHE4CQM
Health Care Quality or
Applied Quality & Safety in Health & Community Services
15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDD or
PHE5HDE1
Health Data for Decision Making or
Health Data for Decision Making - Skills Enhancement
15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Elective Choose one elective subject from the list below 15

Note: LTU0AIM  is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First Year Electives
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HSO Health Management Strategy & Operations 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HEF Health Economics & Finance 15
  PHE5LAE 1 Health Law & Ethics 15

Key: 1Not available in 2018.

Second year

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

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Project 45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose five fifth-year subjects, or subjects approved by the coordinator of the major. 75

Research mode

Second year – Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Elective Choose one fifth-year subject,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
30
TE-W31-37
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Health evaluation and research

This is a full Master of Health Sciences program. There is no alternate exit available. Classes commence in February of each year and there is no practice mode in this major.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS The Australian Health System 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Student to select one subject in consultation with the coordinator of the major. 15
TE-W31-37 PHE5QRM Quantitative Research Methods in Health 15
TE-W26-27 or TE-W26-30 PHE5QMH Qualitative Methods in Health Research 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15

Note: LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
  Electives Choose three subjects in consultation with the coordinator of the major. 45
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
  Electives Choose three subjects in consultation with the coordinator of the major. 45

Health information management

This is a full Master of Health Sciences, there is no alternate exit available from this major and this is a postgraduate degree for those already qualified as Health Information Managers.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose eight fourth or fifth-year Health Information Management subjects, or fifth-year Public Health subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
120

Note: LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

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

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Project 45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose five fifth-year Public Health or Health Information Management subjects or fourth-year Gerontology subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
75

Research mode

Second year – Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose two fifth-year Public Health or Health Information Management subjects, or
fourth-year Gerontology subjects, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
 30
TE-W31-37 or
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Health policy

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
    Choose four subjects from the List A below: 60
    Choose four subjects from the List B below: 60

Note: LTU0AIM  is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First Year List A
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5AHR Australia's International Health Relations 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS The Australian Health System 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HEF Health Economics and Finance 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5POL Public Health Policy 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HPA Health Policy Analysis 15
First Year List B
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HOR Healthy Organisations 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HCQ Health Care Quality 15
  PHE5CHS 1 Comparative and Historical Study of Health Systems 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDE 1 or
PHE5HDD
Health Data for Decision Making - Skills Enhancement or
Health Data for Decision Making
15
TE-SEM-1/2 Elective Choose one fifth-year Public Health or Gerontology subject,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
15

Key: 1Not available in 2018.

Second year

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

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Project 45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose five fifth-year Public Health subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
75

Research mode

Second year – Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose two fifth-year Public Health subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major
30
TE-W31-37 or
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Health promoting palliative care

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
    Choose four subjects from the List A below: 60
    Choose four subjects from the List B below: 60
Option to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Health Promoting Palliative Care (HGHPP, HGHPPD) upon successful completion of 120 credit points.

Note: LTU0AIM (formerly HLT5AIM ) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First Year List A
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHP 1 Health Promoting Palliative Care 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5INH Integrated Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5DDG Public Health Approaches to Death Dying and Grief 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SPC Spirituality and Palliative Care 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5GNH Promoting Health Through Groups and Networks 15
First Year List B
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS The Australian Health System 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5POL Public Health Policy 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDD or
PHE5HDE 1
Health Data for Decision Making or
Health Data for Decision Making - Skills Enhancement
15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HPP1 or
PHE5PRH
Health Promotion Project or
Practising Health Promotion
15

Key: 1Not available in 2018.

Second year

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

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Study 45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose five fifth-year public Health subjects. 75

Research mode

Second year - Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose two fifth-year Public Health subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major
30
Choose one of the following subjects:
TE-W31-37 or
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Health promotion

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 PHE5INH Integrated Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5WPH Wellbeing and Prevention in Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PRH Practising Health Promotion  15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5GNH Promoting Health Through Groups and Networks 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HOR Healthy Organisations 15
TE-SEM-2
TE-SEM-1
PHE5PDE or
PHE5AHS
Program Development and Evaluation or
The Australian Health System
15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDD or
PHE5HDE 1
Health Data for Decision Making or
Health Data for Decision Making - Skills Enhancement
15
TE-SEM-1/2 Elective Choose one fifth-year Public Health, or
fourth-year Gerontology subject, in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
15

Key: 1Not available in 2018.

Note: LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

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

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Study 45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose five fifth-year Public Health or Gerontology subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
75

Research mode

Second year - Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose two fifth-year Public Health or Gerontology subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major
30
TE-W31-37 or
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Rehabilitation counselling

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-W07-15 PHE5EMD Employment and Disability 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5REC Rehabilitation Counselling 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 PHE5SCC Service Coordination and Case Management 15
TE-W17-25 PHE5VOR Vocational Rehabilitation 15
TE-W31-37 PHE5SUP Service Users Perspective in Health Care 15
TE-W37-43 PHE5SDS Community Based Health Service Delivery Systems 15
TE-W31-51 PHE5RCP Rehabilitation Counselling Practicum 15
  Students to select one of the following subjects, or another PHE5 subject in consultation with the Major Coordinator  
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDD Health Data for Decision Making 15

Note: LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

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

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Study 45
TE-SEM-1/2 Electives Choose five fifth-year Public Health or Gerontology subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
75

Research mode

Second year - Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose two fifth-year Public Health subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major
30
TE-W31-37 or
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Spiritual Care

First year

First year subjects
Teaching period Subject code Subject name Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module 0
Students to select eight subjects from the following list:
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 PHE5AHP 1 or
PHE5SCC
Health Promoting Palliative Care or
Service Coordination and Case Management
 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS Australian Health Systems 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Choose one fifth-year subject from anywhere in the University,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5BHC Bioethics and Health Care 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SCP Social and Cultural Perspectives 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SPC Spirituality and Palliative Care 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5GNH Promoting Health Through Groups and Networks 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PRH Practising Health Promotion 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDD Health Data for Decision Making 15

Key: 1Not available in 2018.

Note: LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

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

Research mode

Second year - Research mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-3 PHE5ARS Advanced Research Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THA Minor Thesis A 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5THC Minor Thesis C 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THB Minor Thesis B 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5THD Minor Thesis D 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose two fifth-year subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
30
TE-W31-37 or
TE-W26-27 / TE-W26-30
PHE5QRM or
PHE5QMH
Quantitative Research Methods in Health or
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
15

Practice mode

Second year - Practice mode (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject name Credit points
TE-ALLYR PHE5ALS Action Learning Study 45
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Electives Choose five fifth-year subjects,
in consultation with the coordinator of the major.
75

 

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