Master of Health Sciences

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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.

Designed for

Health professionals


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.


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

Standard 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.


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.

Study pathways

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

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City Domestic: $55,200
International: $83,200
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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.

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