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Master of Health Science

Approved Abbreviation: MHlthSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4698.4

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 064020M

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in the course was Spring 2021 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year2020 - 4698.3 Master of Health Science

Commencement Year 2016 - 4698.2 Master of Health Science

Commencement Year 2015 - 4698.1 Master of Health Science

Commencement Year 2011 - 2014 - 4651.3 Master of Health Science

The Master of Health Science course is designed to prepare new, aspiring and middle tier health service practitioners, planners and managers to assume a leadership role in the strategic and operational management of a wide range of health services and facilities. The content aims to develop skills in managing people, resources, systems, and processes within health services to meet the changing needs of communities, clinicians, governments and organisations. The objective of the program is to develop decision-ready practitioners who can impact positively on health service issues and systems. Graduates of this course are exposed to academic and industry leaders who share their experience and knowledge to facilitate insight into the contemporary health service management, digital health, and workplace safety environments.

Study Mode
Two years full-time or four years part-time. One and a half years full time (three years part-time) or one year full time (two years part-time) programs are also available, depending upon entry qualifications (see Pathways listed under Course Structure below).

The Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) has Professional Accreditation with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).


Master of Health Science (160 credit points)

Applicants must have either

An undergraduate, master or doctoral degree in any discipline


A graduate diploma or graduate certificate in any discipline and three years full-time equivalent work experience in a relevant health-related discipline

Applications from Opal Aged Care employees need to be accompanied by a Statement of Service from Opal Aged Care in order to be eligible for, and processed as, an Opal Aged Care scholarship recipient.

Master of Health Science (120 credit points)

Applicants must have either

An undergraduate degree or a graduate certificate in a relevant health-related discipline

Master of Health Science (80 credit points)

Applicants must have an undergraduate honours, graduate diploma, master or doctoral degree in a relevant health-related discipline.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Opal Aged Care employees need to be accompanied by a Statement of Service from Opal Aged Care in order to be eligible for, and processed as, an Opal Aged Care scholarship recipient.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you:

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page

Special Requirements Prerequisites
For students who elect to undertake the 401435/ 401368 Professional Internship in Health unit, please be aware that if you are undertaking the placement; (1) a public hospital, you must meet the necessary legislative requirements as part of their employment conditions. (2) a private hospital, you must meet any special requirements of the hospital which may differ from public institutions, (3) an organisation either in or outside of NSW, you will need to comply with the requirements of the relevant state-based body and the organisation.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Professional Internship in Health – this unit will use workplace and community as a site for learning and will involve 320h of placement with a healthcare service. Assessment is undertaken by the on-site supervisors using a comprehensive form and supporting documentation and resources. Mid-placement checks with both students and supervisors are undertaken to pre-empt any concerns as well as random checks throughout. Students are required to complete academic assessment tasks, including an e-Portfolio and a workplace product at the end.

Course Structure

Sydney City Campus

Click here for the recommended sequence at Sydney City Campus.

Online and Parramatta Campus

Health Services Management

This specialisation is designed for health practitioners who require skills in contemporary management and their application in the health care setting. Particular emphasis is placed on critical and analytic skills in health service governance, financing, quality and safety, and planning and evaluation, thus providing graduates with the ability to respond effectively to changes as they arise. Students in this specialisation can further focus their studies in areas relevant to health service managers, such as project management, aged care management, human resource management and research and development.

A4047Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) 2 year pathway
A4048Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) 1.5 year pathway
A4049Master of Health Science (Health Service Management) 1 year pathway

Occupational Health and Safety

This specialisation focuses on the practice of workplace health within national and international frameworks. It explores issues such as the physical, social and mental impact of the occupational environment on health. Strategies for the management of workplace health are examined, together with methods of monitoring and evaluating occupational health programs. Students have the opportunity to develop a safety systems program concentrating on hazard identification, risk assessment and devising control measures incorporating safety management principles. Students in this specialisation can further focus their studies in areas relevant workplace health and safety officers, such as project management, and research and development.

A4050Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) 2 year pathway
A4051Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) 1.5 year pathway
A4052Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety) 1 year pathway

Digital Health

The Digital Health specialisation combines the opportunity to study contemporary issues associated with information management in healthcare organisations with the integration of a sound understanding of the impact of digital health, as well as the development and implementation of projects and programs relating to this growing and critical area in both organisations and professional practice. The specialisation would be of interest to clinicians, health management and science (information engineering) professionals, and personnel working in health corporate roles with responsibilities in health data and information. Students in this specialisation can further focus their studies in aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship, and research and development in the digital health space.

A4053Master of Health Science (Digital Health) 2 year pathway
A4054Master of Health Science (Digital Health) 1.5 Year pathway
A4055Master of Health Science (Digital Health) 1 Year pathway

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