Master of Health Science

University of Newcastle

This program is available in two distinct specialisations: Alcohol and Other Drugs and Stroke Management The Alcohol and Other Drugs specialisation is intended for health professionals who wish to increase their skills and knowledge in alcohol and other drug use management, including epidemiology, clinical consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context, pharmacology, the ability to critically appraise research literature and apply evidence-based findings in the workplace and an appreciation of preventative approaches. On completion of the Drug and Alcohol Studies program, graduates will have developed an extensive knowledge base related to alcohol and other drug use, including epidemiology, consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context, and pharmacology. The Stroke Management specialisation is intended for health professionals who wish to increase their knowledge, skill and clinical expertise in stroke services specialist areas. The specialisation will enhance patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based practice in the clinical setting and applied using the skills of relevant expert inter-professional teams. This specialisation will enhance the capacity for the development of research initiatives in advanced stroke management, and will contribute towards a reduction in morbidity and mortality by promoting champions with broad ranging knowledge and skills in service planning, development and evaluation.The inter-professional focus of the Stroke Management program will ensure a movement towards educational models which encourage true interdisciplinary teaching and learning models and inter-professional collaboration in clinical practice.

Course Fee:

Australian: $17,300
International: $33,975

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of a four year undergraduate degree in a field related to public health such as medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, psychology or education. Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should possess an Honours degree or additional postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one years work experience in a related field.


Qualification for the award of Master of Health Science requires 80 units of course work undertaken over 1.5 to 2 years part time. Students in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Specialisation complete 5 core courses (50 units) and 3 directed courses (30 units). Students in the Stroke Management Specialisation complete 5 core courses (50 units) and 3 directed courses (30 units)

Subjects you can Study:

Drug and alcohol studies; Stroke management

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Online 1 year

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