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Master of Health Practice - Population Mental Health

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Auckland


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

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

Population Mental Health programmes cater for graduates with qualifications in health sciences, psychology, social work and other relevant undergraduate degrees, as well as healthcare professionals already working in primary healthcare, community mental health, Maori health, Pacific health and health promotion contexts.

The Master of Health Practice specialisation in Population Mental Health is developed in recognition of the need for an advanced postgraduate qualification for health professionals who are moving into leadership roles in this area.

Our teaching staff in this programme are leaders in their field. You will hear first-hand about some of the innovative and cutting edge research they deliver.

Students who choose not to complete the requirements for the masters can exit the degree with either a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate.

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.

Population Mental Health

The taught 180-point masters requires you to complete prescribed courses (120-135 points) and a dissertation (60 points) or research project (45 points)

The taught 120-point masters requires you to complete prescribed courses (60-75 points) and a dissertation (60 points) or research project (45 points)

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.

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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