UniversityUniversity of Auckland
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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.
Dependant on the specialization you choose, there are a variety of work opportunities in health services, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and community groups.
Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health:
This specialisation is designed for graduates in nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, psychology, or social work who are currently employed in infant, child and adolescent mental health services or aim to be.
Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health difficulties vary depending on the age and developmental stage of the child or adolescent. Therefore their healthcare needs are different.
A sound understanding of developmental differences and knowledge of what is normal and abnormal are key to practicing in the area. The specialisation focuses on this as well as the assessment of psychopathology and impairment.
Formulation skills, the key principles of management of child and adolescent mental health disorder in general, and more specific therapy skills in key areas are also covered in the courses. This is essential training for clinicians working in ICAMHS or youth addiction services.
Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health can also be studied in the disciplines of Counselling and Social Work. Dealing with the emotional needs of children is very different from adults. With the introduction of social media and the rise in cyberbullying, along with the increasing incidence of suicide and self-harm, there is growing awareness around the mental health of our children and youth. If you are wanting a career where you can make a difference by focusing on the mental health of children, then this specialisation is ideal for you.
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.
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.
Infant, Child and Adolescent 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.
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Further study options
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.