Take the lead in a critical area of needed skills. Our Master of Health Science degree offers you the opportunity to lead in the fields of Health Services Management, Occupational Health and Safety or Digital Health.
The degree is specifically designed to prepare new, aspiring, and middle tier health service practitioners, planners, and managers to lead in the strategic and operational management of a wide range of health services and facilities.
Note: Sydney City Campus start times are March, July and November.
This program is offered as a 1 and 1.5 year pathway with relevant prior degrees.
Health Sciences at Western
Your studies will help you develop skills in managing people, resources, systems, and processes within health services to meet the changing needs of communities, clinicians, governments, and organisations. The goal of the program is to develop decision-ready practitioners who can impact positively on health service issues and systems.
Western Sydney University is Australia’s premier health sciences education institution.
The University is internationally renowned for its teaching and research activities and is at the forefront of innovation professional programs.
Our Health Science graduates will be exposed to academic and industry leaders who share their experience and knowledge to provide insights into the contemporary health service management, digital health, and workplace safety environments.
The Health Services Management major is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Services Management.
Our program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.
For information specific to each major, including UAC Codes, please visit:
This major 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 major 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.
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 project management and research and evaluation.
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. You will also gain experience with the development and implementation of projects and programs relating to these growing and critical areas in organisations and professional practice.
Fees and delivery
Fees: AUD $24,480*
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $30,080*
Delivery: On campus
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As a health science graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities such as:
- Health services management
- Aged care management
- Health planning
- International health
- Health promotion
- Occupational and environmental hygiene.
- Research studies
Health Promotion Research Officer
A research officer develops health promotion research; ensuring ethical standards are upheld within research; the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the effectiveness of an program; and the dissemination of findings to the general public and professional audiences.
Public Health Planner
In this role you will plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. You may manage an entire facility such as a hospital, or major in managing a specific clinical area or medical practice. You will ensure the facility runs smoothly so that other staff and medical professionals can provide optimum care to patients.
Health Promotion Officer
Health Promotion Officers identify and address priority health and wellbeing issues and deliver population health interventions. They develop and implement health promotion programs and evaluate their effectiveness.
Quality Improvement Officer
Quality Improvement Officers can be involved in the strategic planning and supervision of quality and safety activities at major metropolitan hospitals or for an area health service.
Project Officers work specifically on designated health related projects. Their tasks involve the conceptualisation, design, implementation and evaluation of the project. They can also be involved in evaluating and formulating operational improvements for a health district.
Practice Managers coordinate and manage the day to day operations of a health care practice (such as a community or medical).
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators
Community Engagement / Event Coordinators increase knowledge and awareness of positive health behaviours within the population through primary prevention information.
A Diversional Therapist works with people of all ages and abilities. They design and facilitate individualised recreation and leisure programs that support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals.
Recreation Officers develop, support and coordinate sport and recreation programs and services for the benefit of communities.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.