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Master of Health Science

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Health Science aims to promote advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in the health sciences, and to equip graduates with the advanced analytical and conceptual skills required for work in the senior tiers of health science and related sectors.

The Master of Health Science aims to promote advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in the health sciences. This aim has the following components:

  • to provide opportunity for the candidate to continue lifelong learning in keeping with the University's mission statement
  • to satisfy the educational needs of professionals working in or aspiring to work in the most senior tiers of the health sciences and related sectors
  • to promote the acquisition of advanced analytical and problem solving skills and conceptual insights that will enhance the capacity of the candidate to undertake positions of significant responsibility in the health sciences, and
  • to encourage excellence in scholarship and/or focused research within the candidate's discipline area.

Credit

Many students will be given credit for up to 32 points if they have previously completed a four-year undergraduate course in an apposite discipline, or have undertaken relevant postgraduate tertiary studies subsequent to a three-year undergraduate degree.

Graduates of the CSU courses listed under Master of Health Science Admission Requirements will receive 32 points credit on entry to the Master course. Up to 64 points credit may be granted to students who have completed a four-year degree and postgraduate study.

No credit will be granted for the 32 point research component.

Course structure

MASTER OF HEALTH SCIENCE

The Master of Health Science course of 96 points duration, consists of four components:

Restricted elective coursework subjects (48 points) chosen from a list maintained by the Course Co-ordinator.

The Course Co-ordinator may also approve restricted elective enrolment in other suitable postgraduate subjects (level 4 and above) offered by Charles Sturt University.

One Research Methods/Research Writing subject (8 points)

ONE subject from:

BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

One Research Proposal subject (8 points)

ONE subject from:

BMS508 Research Proposal
HLT506 Master’s Research Proposal

One Research subject HLT515 Health Science Research Portfolio (32 points)

This research component, leading to the production of a publishable work, will be an investigation that is driven by either the acquisition of new data or the analysis of existing data.

The investigation/research will be conducted under the direction of formally appointed supervisors. The Faculty of Science has the capacity to supervise Master's level students in all fields of research and all discipline areas covered by the Faculty. The Dean or delegated authority shall appoint an appropriately qualified and experienced supervisor and, if appropriate, a co-supervisor from the academic staff of the University. The Dean or delegated authority may also appoint a co-supervisor from outside the University (for example, from industry, the professions or another university or research establishment) if appropriate.

All students will be required to present their work in the form of a portfolio. Such a portfolio will include:

  1. a publishable article ready for submission to a refereed journal, together with the author's guidelines to the chosen journal and reasons for choosing this journal;
  2. a comprehensive review of the relevant literature, which includes a justification for the focal point of the investigation;
  3. application and approval documents from CSU and/or other institutional Ethics in Human Research Committees (if required), and/or if required from other CSU committees such as Radiation Safety, Biosafety and Animal Care & Ethics;
  4. formal research proposal.
  5. a summary overview, linking all aspects of the portfolio into a logical seamless document

In addition, such a portfolio will include any detailed methodology, results and analysis which supports the information presented in the publishable article.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OF HEALTH SCIENCE (exit point only)

The Graduate Diploma of Health Science exit point only course of 64 points duration, consists of three components:

Restricted elective coursework subjects (48 points) chosen from the Faculty's suite of postgraduate subjects: same list of restricted elective subjects as for the Master's course structure. The Course Co-ordinator may also approve restricted elective enrolment in other suitable postgraduate subjects (level 4 and above) offered by Charles Sturt University.

One Research Methods/Research Writing subject (8 points)

ONE subject from:

BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

One Research Proposal subject (8 points)

ONE subject from:

BMS508 Research Proposal
HLT506 Master’s Research Proposal

Enrolment pattern

Session 1

[Elective]
[Elective]

Session 2

[Elective]
[Elective]

Session 3

[Elective]
PLUS ONE of:
BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

Session 4

[Elective]
PLUS ONE of:
BMS508 Research Proposal
HLT506 Master’s Research Proposal

Students may elect to ext at this point with the award Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science (PostgradDipHlthSc)

Session 5

HLT515 Health Science Research Portfolio (32 points)(commenced)

Session 6

HLT515 Master of Health Science Portfolio (32 points)(completed)

Articulation

The exit point only Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science articulates with the Master of Health Science.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Dubbo; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

3 years by distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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