Study options

Art Therapy

Art Therapists work in areas where people require assistance with achieving a better quality of mental health wellbeing or to support behavioural change. You might work with a client or a group of clients through creative activities such as drawing, painting, sculpting and collage. Work might be in psychiatric wards, prisons, rehabilitation centres, drug and alcohol units, community health centres or palliative care services. View course information for Art Therapy.

The World Health Organization recently reviewed the "value of the arts in contributing to core determinants of health; playing a critical role in health promotion; helping to prevent the onset of mental illness and age-related physical decline; supporting the treatment or management of mental illness, noncommunicable diseases and neurological disorders; and assisting in acute and end-of-life care".

China Health

The La Trobe China Health Program (CHP) contributes to the development of health care in China through teaching, research and project cooperation. The CHP works in association with Chinese universities and other organisations in China to build academic capacity in health management education, health services research and health policy research and teaching.

Ergonomics, Safety and Health

The accredited Ergonomics, Safety and Health program at La Trobe is unique. It is designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of Occupational Health and Ergonomics, enabling graduates two career pathways. Graduates work in a range of public and private sector organisations. View course information for Ergonomics, Safety and Health.

Health Administration and Health Services Management

Health Administration

Lead and manage a health service, a department or service in a clinical specialist role, or undertake project management for a facility or system. Health Administration develops your theoretical knowledge and skills in planning, policy, and management and leadership positions. The Master of Health Administration is the principal qualification offered, and may be taken as a double degree with Master of Public Health or Master of Business Administration. Read more information about research in Health Administration.

Health Services Management

The Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management builds the management capacity of health service managers, with new theory, skills and understandings about the challenges faced by managers.

The program is based on research into the needs of Chinese health service managers and internationally recognised principles of management education. It has been developed in close consultation between La Trobe and participating Chinese universities.

View Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management course information:

Health Information Management, Health Classification and Informatics

Study the business side of medicine and be part of a team working in a wide range of health care settings including hospitals, health services, health-related research centres and government health departments. Qualification may be achieved through the Bachelor of HIM or the graduate entry Master of HIM. View course information for Health Information Management.

Health Policy

Understand the changing contexts of policy making, learn to analyse policy and to participate in policy making and policy advocacy in your chosen field. View course information for Health Policy.

Health Promoting Palliative Care

Examine connections between policy, organisation and practice in health promotion and in palliative care, and develop skills for interventions at each of these levels. The overall objective of the program is to equip leaders with ideas for innovative practices that will develop compassionate communities able to provide end of life care to their members. View course information for Health Promoting Palliative Care.

Health Promotion

Analyse the origins and determinants of health issues, undertake needs assessment, evaluate health promotion programs, build health literacy, work in multidisciplinary teams, and exert influence across organisations and sectors. View course information for Health Promotion.


Honours in Public Health offers a dynamic program across a range of specialisations including health administration, health information management, health policy, health sciences, rehabilitation counselling, health promotion, behaviour change in sport, exercise and rehabilitation, and ergonomics and occupational health and safety.


The major assessment task is an independent research thesis, worth 70% of the overall Honours mark. The remaining 30% comes from the completion of coursework subjects.


To be eligible for Honours, students must have a minimum course weighted mark of 70.

Students transferring to La Trobe University for Honours are encouraged to contact an Honours Coordinator to discuss eligibility.

How to apply

1. Contact a potential supervisor

Students interested in applying for Honours are encouraged to discuss your preferences directly with academic members of staff. Many academics are also open to discussing other project ideas.

2. Receive your letter of invitation

Students will be invited by letter from the College to apply for Honours once their results and eligibility are known. These letters are typically sent out around mid-December or mid-July. This is not a guarantee of entry; students must also have an agreement with a willing supervisor under whose tutelage they will study.

3. Enrol.

To enrol you must complete an online application.

Students must enrol in the Honours subjects PHE4RMH, PHE4AIH, PHE4THA, PHE4THB and an elective. Our recommended elective is PHE5REC.

There is one Honours intake per year beginning in February.

Enrolment for Semester 1 must be completed by the first Monday in February. This is also the starting date for Feb-cohort Honours students.

Financial assistance

Some students may qualify for financial assistance, including the La Trobe Honours Year Grant Scheme. This has a closing date in late January of each year - consider applying even if you plan to start mid-year.

Contact the Honours coordinator or the AccessAbility Hub for more information.

Department of Public Health - Honours coordinator

Peter Higgs

T: (03) 9479 6874

Public Health

The aim of public health practice is to prevent disease, prolong life and promote the health and wellbeing of people in society.  As a graduate you may work in health administration, health protection and health promotion for the public sector or with non-government organisations. The basic qualification is the undergraduate Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. The Master of Public Health provides internationally-recognised training in six streams of health policy, health promotion, global health, health leadership, workplace health and rehabilitation, and health and social care. It may be taken as a double degree with Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration or Master of International Development.

View course information for Public Health.

Rehabilitation Counselling

This program offers training in an allied health profession in which professionals work within a holistic framework to assist people who have been injured, have a disability, or are socially disadvantaged, reach their full potential. View course information for Rehabilitation Counselling.

Spiritual Care

Spiritual care contributes to promoting health and providing support in illness. Practice guidelines are now being developed for various disciplines and settings, including acute care, aged care, mental health, palliative care, rehabilitation, and supportive cancer care. This program, the first postgraduate spiritual care training program in a health sciences context in Australia, is designed for healthcare professionals who wish to develop their expertise in spiritual care for their own continuing practice, or who plan to transfer into the field. View course information for Spiritual Care.