The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery



1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

UON program code: 11687

Study Health Science

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Health Science is an advanced program which will develop your professional skills, theoretical knowledge and your ability to critically appraise the evidence. Upon completion, you will be better placed to apply an evidence-based approach, develop innovative health initiatives, champion effective health programs and advance your career in your area of expertise.

Why study with us?

  • Enhance your career opportunities - apply the practical skills and knowledge that you acquire during your studies to work across diverse public health disciplines including assessment and counselling of alcohol and other drug problems.
  • Flexible study options - you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.
  • Exceptional learning experience - the University of Newcastle's postgraduate studies in health services rank #1 in NSW for overall educational experience (Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning 2017).

Master of Health Science

What you will study

Alcohol and Other Drugs Specialisation: Regardless of which health care setting or profession you work in, you will often come across patients who will misuse alcohol and/or other drugs. Therefore, knowledge in evidence-based practice of alcohol and other drug treatment approaches is essential for all healthcare professionals. This specialisation will provide you with cross-disciplinary knowledge which spans epidemiology, clinical consequences of alcohol/substances use, disorders, explanatory models of addiction, and a range of research evidence-based pharmacology/psychosocial treatment literature. This program offers you the opportunity to practice and receive personalised feedback on motivational interviewing and alcohol and other drug assessment.

Key areas of study include:

  • Epidemiology - Basic Methods
  • Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems
  • Motivating Health Behaviour Change
  • Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use
  • Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use

Career opportunities

This program will present you with the employment opportunities in one of today’s most significant health concerns. Alcohol and other drug misuse is a significant cause of global disease and one of the greatest contributors to morbidity and mortality world-wide.

Possible career paths may include:

  • clinical leadership and management
  • health advocacy
  • research
  • health planning and promotion