Health degrees reinvented: same learning, different mode

Health degrees reinvented: same learning, different mode

The world is reshaping. So is the way we’re delivering our health courses.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced just how important skilled health professionals are – from nurses and psychologists to physiotherapists and hospital administrators. At La Trobe, we’ve adapted our health courses so you don’t have to put your study plans on hold. You can start your studies online now, and join us on campus later.

How does an online course work?

The College of Science, Health and Engineering has been hard at work preparing lectures, tutorials and learning materials to deliver via our Learning Management System (LMS), Zoom, webinars and other online platforms.

The La Trobe Library has extensive online resources including e-books, research papers and journals available through their website, so you’ll have access to everything you need to complete assignments or knock out a study session.

All of the University’s support services have also been moved online: counselling, the Learning Hub, equity and diversity support and more. You’ll have access to a special module on the LMS offering practical tips on how to study effectively online.

Flexibility was a key consideration when developing health courses for online delivery. Lectures, workshops and tutorials are recorded, making online study a perfect fit if you’re balancing work, study and other commitments.

Same learning, different mode

Master of Nursing course coordinator Dr Ewan McDonald says the combined power of La Trobe’s four clinical schools at the Royal Melbourne, Austin and Alfred hospitals and Rural Health School have it made it easy to deliver the same on-campus experience online.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us reflect on how postgraduate courses can be delivered. For example, workshops at the Alfred Hospital are now delivered via Zoom with a live Q&A with lecturers.

The situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, so you can learn more about how we’re responding to it at our COVID-19 student FAQs page. Here, you’ll find the most up-to-date information about online study, support services, placements and more.

Gain specialised knowledge

With a La Trobe postgraduate degree in health, you’ll maximise your career potential by building specialised knowledge and skills in areas like digital health technology, audiology, clinical nursing, social work and more. Dr McDonald noted it was vital to make sure the lectures and workshops that build this specialised knowledge were adapted for online learning.

‘Master of Nursing students can choose to specialise in cardiac care. Recently, an ECG Fundamentals workshop was conducted online by cardiac care lecturer Steve Nelson and Associate Professor Tony McGillion.

‘Over 50 nurses attended the day, engaged in content and were able to interact with presenters and other participants, the same as if it had been conducted face-to-face,’ said Dr McDonald.


Don’t put your career on hold. You can choose from our wide range of postgraduate health courses and study online now.

Need to know more? Book a one-on-one consultation and speak to a course adviser.

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