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Master of Health Practice - Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2025


Grafton Campus


Learn the theory and research to equip you for community-based and practice-oriented careers in areas like Health Promotion, Addiction, Population Mental Health and Pacific Health.

Programme overview

This programme is an ideal option for Bachelor of Health Science graduates to

achieve a masters qualification in a short period of time. The entry to the

programme does not need a medical science background.

Dependant on the specialisation you choose, there are a variety of work opportunities in health services, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and community groups.

The programme currently offers five specialisations:

Addiction Studies

Health Promotion

Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Pacific Health

Population Mental Health

Programme structure

The MHealthPrac is a 180-point masters, with a 120-point option for eligible applicants.

It can be completed in 1 year (120-points) or 1.5 years (180-points) of full-time study.

You can choose from five specialisations.

Specialisation 1: Addiction Studies

Specialisation 2: Health Promotion

Specialisation 3: Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Specialisation 4: Pacific Health

Specialisation 5: Population Mental Health

Where could this programme take you?

Types of jobs for graduates vary according to the specialised area of practice. The specialisation in Addiction Studies can lead to service leadership roles in justice and correctional services and community and workplace services. Health Promotion can lead to roles engaged in developing local and national health policy. Pacific Health could lead to key roles in Pacific community organisations. Population Mental Health can lead to jobs in the design and implementation of innovative community and public health intervention for mental health concerns. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

Jobs related to this programme

Community development project lead

Health policy developer

Health practitioner

Health promotion practitioner

Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points: You must have completed one year of postgraduate study in a relevant discipline, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 5.0 or higher. Relevant disciplines include health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, public health or social work. Degrees that qualify you for registration as a health professional will also be considered.

Taught 180 points: You must have completed a relevant undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0 or higher.

Relevant degrees include:

Those that qualify you for registration as a health professional, or
Those in a discipline such as health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, public health or social work.

If you are applying for the Addiction Studies specialisation, you must be currently working therapeutically with clients that have addiction and/or mental health problems. Alternatively, you must be able to organise a structured/approved clinical placement with an addiction service provider.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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