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Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


AUT North Campus


The Master of Health Practice is ideal for health professionals who want to extend their practical knowledge and are ready for the next step in their career. You can select papers and areas of practice that reflect your career needs and interests.

Study the AUT Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies and explore different approaches to reduce violence in our communities and assist with healing from trauma.

The Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies offers training for health professionals to help reduce damaging behaviour in our communities. It's designed for health professionals with at least three years of clinical experience.

This degree caters for a wide range of ‘people professionals’ - community agency workers, social workers, counsellors, group workers, psychotherapists, probation officers, refugee workers, the military, the police, marae and iwi agencies, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, peace workers, nurses, Civil Defence, ethnic health workers, and health promoters. It's also suitable for those working with trauma victims and in anger management, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, disability, prison, refugee, and children’s programmes.

Staircasing options from the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science or Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science are also available.

You need a total of 180 points to complete the Master of Health Practice. The programme builds your awareness and skills for working in your chosen area and solving problems of behaviour that reduces life potential.

You can select papers that reflect your career needs and interests. Students are expected to choose a particular issue to explore improving professional practice for themselves and others.

Papers are taught in two block courses, usually run in March and August each year:

  • COMH801: March plus August
  • COMH805: March
  • COMH802: August
  • COMH804: August

Complete the following papers

  • COMH 801 Theory and Principles of Violence and Trauma (30 points)
  • COMH 802 Effective Practice in Violence and Trauma (15 points)
  • COMH 803 Groups as Agents of Change (15 points)

And select one professional paper

  • HEAL812 Health Professional Practice (15 points)
  • HEAL813 Practice Reality (15 points)

And select one research paper

  • HEAL840 Critical Enquiry for Evidence Based Practice (15 points)
  • HEAL811 Integrative Research (15 points)

And complete the following papers

  • COMH 804 Resolving Conflict in Practice (15 points)
  • HEAL816 Special Topic (15 points)

And complete a practice project

  • HEAL997 Practice Project (60 points)

Key features:

  • Focuses on violence and trauma in homes and communities as well as in nations
  • Open to both experienced professionals and recently graduated undergraduate students
  • Close links to the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research
  • Can be tailored to your needs and interests
  • Includes a practice project in an area of your interest

Entry criteria

Must have completed the following or equivalent:

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant graduate diploma
  • Relevant professional qualification


  • At least three years of relevant professional experience

Other requirements

  • May be required to complete prerequisite papers in chosen subject area
  • May be asked to provide evidence of current professional practice
  • May be required to meet Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) requirements and other relevant legislation

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

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