Master of Health Sciences

La Trobe University

This program 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. It 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. Students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion, gerontology, health promoting palliative care, rehabilitation counselling, and spiritual care.

Course Fee:

Australian: $49,200

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.


240 credit points: In first year, students complete compulsory and elective subjects, depending on their selected specialisation. In second 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Health administration; Health evaluation and research; Health information management; Health policy; Health promoting palliative care; Health promotion; Rehabilitation counselling; Spiritual care

Study Pathways:

Exit options are available (only for domestic students) at Graduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma level for various specialisations.

Further information:

Applicants for the Health Information Management major require a degree or other qualification in Health Information Management or Medical Record Administration. Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant experience and skills should discuss their eligibility with the course coordinator.


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.

Who for:

Health professionals

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Part time 4 years
Melbourne No info No Full time 2 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

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