Master of Health Sciences
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.
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 five majors available to international students:
- Health administration
- Health evaluation and research
- Health information management*
- Health policy
* Only available to international students who have completed a Bachelor of Health Information Management
Academic entry requirement
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.
English language requirement
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.
Graduates are likely to be in demand in a number of differing fields within the wider health services sector. Depending on the major completed, opportunities may exist for employment as a policy analyst, health program coordinator and manager, rehabilitation counsellor and other health professional roles.
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.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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:
CRICOS code: 075420D