The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Online

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Online

Duration

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

UON program code: 11687

Program handbook

Description

The Alcohol and Other Drugs specialisation is intended for health professionals who wish to increase their skills and knowledge in alcohol and other drug use management, including epidemiology, clinical consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context, pharmacology, the ability to critically appraise research literature and apply evidence-based findings in the workplace and an appreciation of preventative approaches. On completion of the Drug & Alcohol Studies program, graduates will have developed an extensive knowledge base related to alcohol and other drug use, including epidemiology, consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context, and pharmacology.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated a strong capacity for collecting, monitoring and critically reviewing evidence to inform health service practice and program delivery.
  • Displayed the ability to apply a range of health theories to identify and plan for the health needs of the community or specific at risk groups.
  • Demonstrated the ability to identify and critically evaluate social, behavioural and environmental factors affecting health and illness.
  • Demonstrated the ability to creatively develop effective and efficient approaches to health services and program delivery.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of research methodology and its application to research questions in health sciences.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and safety.
  • Displayed respect for the community and the environment.

Details

Information correct as at21 Oct 2019 3:20 AM
Program code11687
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Business School
  2. Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
  3. School of Health Sciences
  4. School of Medicine and Public Health
  5. School of Nursing and Midwifery
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Minimum of a four year undergraduate degree in a field related to public health such as medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, psychology or education. Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should possess an Honours degree or additional postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s work experience in a related field

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Compulsory program requirements

Students undertaking the Drug and Alcohol Studies stream are required to do 100 hours of practical experience in MEDI6145 and MED6160 (50 hours in each course).


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

Qualification for the award of Master of Health Science requires 80 units of course work comprising of 50 units of core courses and 30 units of directed courses.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Transition arrangements

The Stroke Management specialisation will not be accepting new students from 2019 onwards. Courses in this specialisation (both core and directed) will remain available to students currently enrolled, so current students will not be affected by the proposed changes and no special transition arrangements are required. Once these students have completed their program, the specialisation’s compsulsory courses, MEDI6320, MEDI6340 and MEDI6350, will be discontinued.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EPID6420Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6130Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6145Motivating Health Behaviour Change
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6160Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6210Qualitative Methods in Health Research
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR6007Investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the public health contextNot currently offered10 units
BIOS6910Biostatistics A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
EPID6410Clinical Epidemiology
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
EPID6600Research Protocol Design
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
EPID6660Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6004Organisational Behaviour and Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6040Human Resource Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6200Financial and Management Accounting
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
HLSC6101Workplace Injury Management
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6106Foundations in Family Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
HLSC6107Family Diversity
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
HLSC6112Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HLSC6126Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HPRO6715Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
HPRO6900Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6295Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6320Stroke: Acute Management
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6340Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6190Health Care and the Older Person
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6250Ageing and Health
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6450Symptom Management in Clinical Practice
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6624Leading Change in Practice
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6640Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (HKUSP)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6050Current Practice in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6150Introduction to Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6300Introduction to Public Health
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6301Chronic Disease and Injury Control
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6302Social and Ecosystem Health
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6303Applied Research
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6304Global Health
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

International students can only study this program online offshore.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

The University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.