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Master of Health Practice - Pacific Health

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Master's Degree

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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.

The Master of Health Practice specialisation in Pacific Health gives you not only advanced knowledge and skills in Pacific health issues, research and cultures, but also prepare you for both clinical and non-clinical careers in the health sector. Advanced knowledge and research skills gained by further study at masters level will give you the tools to help improve the health and well-being of all Pacific peoples.

Students taking Pacific Health courses will have the opportunity to gain these skills:

An orientation towards public and Pacific Health.

Clinical or non-clinical working experience in a Pacific specific health service.

The knowledge and ability to identify and discuss important issues and contributing factors to the health of Pacific peoples.

The motivation to participate in the development of appropriate health services for Pacific peoples.

The skills to conduct small research projects.

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.

Pacific 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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