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The Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) is a professional masters degree that is exceptional preparation for your nursing career. It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (formerly Nurses Board of Victoria). Read more

The Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) is a professional masters degree that is exceptional preparation for your nursing career. It is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (formerly Nurses Board of Victoria). The MNSc recognises the nature of contemporary health care delivery in light of the impact of rapidly changing medical and information technologies, consumer demand and government economic and health policies. It offers graduates a higher level degree with enhanced learning outcomes while meeting the requirements for nursing registration.

Learning and teaching

We have developed the MNSc around four interrelated themes:

  1. Approaches to learning and teaching
  2. Research-based practice
  3. Clinical skill acquisition
  4. Contextualised, integrated health care delivery

Our curriculum emphasises significant contemporary health problems identified as National Health Priority Areas: cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, and asthma.

We take a research-oriented approach to practice. This approach encourages systematic development of clinical skills using evidence-based learning, an understanding of the close links between theory and practice, and the ability to undertake self-directed life-long learning.

Our teaching is based on up-to-date research which allows you to apply the most relevant theory to your practice to ensure best practice and best patient outcomes. In the final semester, following your theoretical and clinical preparation, you will undertake a specialist elective subject in an area of interest to you and a capstone practice subject to consolidate your theoretical and practical knowledge.

Benefits

  • A masters degree in nursing is a portable qualification, whether you want to work locally, nationally or internationally.
  • The curriculum includes a greater ratio of clinical hours to theory than other entry-to-practice nursing degrees. This means that you will graduate with plenty of hands-on practice to prepare you for employment.
  • We offer the only integrated curriculum where you learn clinical skills and theory concurrently. Clinical and bioscience topics are coordinated to enhance your understanding of theory in practice. Students will participate in 6 to 8 weeks of intensive teaching each semester, followed by three or four weeks of professional experience placement with partner hospitals.
  • Our clinical placements are in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals ensuring best clinical practice opportunities and research collaborations.
  • We have state of the art clinical skills laboratories with up-to-date medical mannequins and equipment, and dedicated laboratory staff to guide your practical skill development. The clinical skills labs are used for classes and you can book them for self-directed learning.
  • Specific skill development in clinical research ensures you are confident in utilising current research to inform your practice and as preparation for research studies.
  • Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on contemporary health care and clinical governance, and prepares you for practice in a modern and complex nursing environment where nurses continue to take leadership roles.
  • You will undertake a specialist elective subject in the final semester, allowing you to further develop your areas of interest.
  • To consolidate your nursing practice you will undertake a capstone subject in the final semester. This will enable you to apply your knowledge and seek innovative solutions to real clinical problems.
  • The University offers excellent on-campus student facilities and a range of student services and opportunities. We are part of the most research-intensive medical faculty in Australia.
  • You will be part of a diverse and talented population of students at entry-to-practice, advanced practice and research levels. We employ internationally recognised nurse researchers with extensive affiliations with renowned research institutes and hospitals. As a nursing student you will have access to the best teachers and researchers with the most up to date practice knowledge.

At the completion of the Master of Nursing Science graduates are expected to:

  • meet the competencies identified by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council as necessary for practice as a registered nurse;
  • demonstrate a well developed understanding of health from global, population, community, family and individual perspectives;
  • integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines that contribute to health and disease management in the provision of nursing to people experiencing alterations in their health;
  • perform nursing assessment and intervention within legal and ethical parameters and demonstrating accountability for their own practice;
  • work effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common health problems and to translate this evidence into the development of nursing interventions to improve patient outcomes;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Australian health care system in terms of policy and the organizational context of health service delivery;
  • practice effectively in health promotion and health education roles;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify knowledge gaps in the delivery of nursing care and to utilize research skills to address current gaps in practice in collaboration with researchers in nursing and allied disciplines.


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The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP) provides you with the confidence and skills to provide the best possible health care for your patients. Read more

The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP) provides you with the confidence and skills to provide the best possible health care for your patients. Masters-prepared nurses will assume a major responsibility in developing new professional roles, devising new models of care and overseeing dynamic changes to practice. As a clinically proficient and professionally articulate MANP graduate, you will be prepared to make your mark on the profession and on health care.

The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health) is a graduate coursework degree consisting of 150 points. Normally taking eighteen months of full-time study or part-time equivalent. The course offers a clinical practice component focused on a the specialty of mental health nursing.

As a graduate of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health) you will have:

  • a comprehensive knowledge of relevant research literature related to menatl health nursing practice;
  • the capacity to critically think, problem-solve, seek, retrieve and evaluate information;
  • the ability to analyse the socio-political influences on nursing practice;
  • the ability to explore and evaluate the status of (and potential for) advanced nursing practice in national and international contexts;
  • be able to undertake an assessment of your practice, develop a plan and complete a planned program of knowledge and skill development;
  • achieve mastery of knowledge and skills to support extension to practice and the development of therapeutic and evidence-based nursing interventions in your work environment;
  • the ability to develop, implement and undertake new and innovative practices within legislative and professional boundaries;
  • attained oral and written communication skills to support advanced practice;
  • developed planning, time management and teamwork skills to support advanced practice;
  • knowledge and skills to support culturally competent practice, leadership and/or education relevant to advanced practice in your chosen specialty practice.


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The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP) provides you with the confidence and skills to provide the best possible health care for your patients. Read more

The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP) provides you with the confidence and skills to provide the best possible health care for your patients. Masters-prepared nurses will assume a major responsibility in developing new professional roles, devising new models of care and overseeing dynamic changes to practice. As a clinically proficient and professionally articulate MANP graduate, you will be prepared to make your mark on the profession and on health care.

On completion of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes.

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of relevant research literature related to a chosen specialty field of Advanced Nursing Practice;

2. The ability to analyse key social and political influences on the delivery of specialist and Advanced Practice Nursing service/s;

3. The knowledge and skills required to explore and evaluate the status of (and potential for) Advanced Nursing Practice in national and international contexts;

4. Knowledge and skills to support extension to practice and the development of therapeutic and evidence-based nursing interventions in specialty and Advanced Nursing Practice;

5. The skills required to develop, implement and undertake new and innovative practices within established legislative and professional boundaries;

6. Knowledge and skills to support culturally competent practice, leadership and/or education relevant to specialty and Advanced Nursing Practice.



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The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) is an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Accredited coursework degree, which is offered over 2 years part time. Read more

The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) is an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Accredited coursework degree, which is offered over 2 years part time. Upon completion of the accredited program students will be eligible for entry on the Australian Health Practitioner Register as an endorsed Nurse Practitioner.

On completion of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (NP) the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes.

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of relevant research literature related to a chosen specialty field of Advanced Nursing Practice;

2. The ability to analyse key social and political influences on the delivery of specialist and Advanced Practice Nursing service/s;

3. The knowledge and skills required to explore and evaluate the status of (and potential for) Advanced Nursing Practice in national and international contexts;

4. Knowledge and skills to support extension to practice and the development of therapeutic and evidence-based nursing interventions in specialty and Advanced Nursing Practice;

5. The skills required to develop, implement and undertake new and innovative practices within established legislative and professional boundaries;

6. Knowledge and skills to support culturally competent practice, leadership and/or education relevant to specialty and Advanced Nursing Practice.



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LEARNING OUTCOMES. acquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health team. disease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatment. Read more

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • acquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health team
  • disease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatment
  • professional skills and attitudes expected of a dental practitioner
  • the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common oral problems
  • induce oral health changes in individual patients and their families
  • practise effectively in oral health promotion and education
  • achieve the competencies identified by the Dental Practice Boards of Australia necessary for practice as a registered general dentist
  • communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, also with professional colleagues and members of other health professions.

The Doctor of Dental Surgery is Australia's only masters-level qualification for training general dental practitioners. The Doctor of Dental Surgery creates a new benchmark in 21st century education.

The degree leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand, and creates a pathway to enter the Master of Philosophy, PhD or Doctor of Clinical Dentistry.

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery uses new infrastructure, including a 100 seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic, for advanced clinical teaching.

Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.

The curriculum is based on scientific evidence in oral health, imparting advanced philosophies, skills and knowledge related to all areas of clinical dental practice and research.

As part of the four year full-time degree, students spend significant time in provision of patient care, using advanced materials and clinical methods, as well as undertake a two-year research project in oral health. In final year, students have the unique opportunity to experience working in a private practice setting, and they learn how to run a small business.

Located in Carlton, the Melbourne Dental School provides a stimulating and intellectually challenging environment at the forefront of oral health, state-of-the-art technologies and international collaborations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.



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The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry aims to fulfil the following goals. Provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a specialist area. . Read more

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry aims to fulfil the following goals:

  • Provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a specialist area. 
  • Engage with new and emerging fields of study.
  • Facilitate the advanced development of clinical, academic and research skills necessary for you to further your career in academia, research or specialty practice. 

Specialist clinical training is provided for general dentists who have at least two years’ full-time clinical experience after graduating. 

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DCD) is classified under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as a level 9 extended-Masters Degree. Prior to 2012 the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry was classified as a level 10 Doctorate award. The courtesy title of Doctor is conferred at graduation. 

The course is full-time for three years.

APPLICANTS

The course is for general dentists who wish to become specialists. The course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Local graduates of this course may apply for registration to practise in Australia in their designated specialty. International graduates of this course must pass the ADC examinations in addition to the DCD in order to register to practise as a specialist in Australia.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

On completion of the DCD course, you should be able to:

(i) demonstrate special skills in the provision of clinical services applicable to the specialty;

(ii) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles, current developments and research methods applicable to the specialty;

(iii) conduct an original scientific investigation into a biological, clinical or community health problem; and

(iv) communicate the results of scientific enquiry.

You could reasonably expect to have acquired the following generic skills by the conclusion of this course:

  • advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base of a specialty;
  • ability to evaluate and synthesize research and professional literature;
  • highly-developed problem-solving abilities characterized by flexibility of approach;
  • superior capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  • advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area;
  • ability to design, conduct and report original research;
  • capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
  • profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
  • ability to offer leadership in the specialist area;
  • capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work;
  • understanding of the significance and value of your knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry);
  • capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society;

and possibly,

  • advanced working skills in the application of computer systems and software, and a receptiveness to the opportunities offered by new technologies


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The Master of Genomics and Health, the first such program in Australia, has been designed to prepare a workforce that is knowledgeable and skilled in practical, ethical and socially responsible implementation of genomics in health. Read more

The Master of Genomics and Health, the first such program in Australia, has been designed to prepare a workforce that is knowledgeable and skilled in practical, ethical and socially responsible implementation of genomics in health. Students will gain knowledge about genomics and engage in discourse around the current and potential impact on health and medicine brought about by advances in genomics and genomic technologies.

This course is designed to be available to students at different stages in their careers, including career starters and those with more established careers who wish to further their knowledge, skills and qualifications.

The Master of Genomics and Health requires completion of a total of 200 points of study and allows flexibility in subject choices to suit individual interests and study preferences. Students have the option of enrolling in a Master degree (200 points) or one of the nested awards - Graduate Diploma (100 points), Graduate Certificate (50 points).

Students undertaking the Masters program will be assisted with organising relevant internships and research projects. Successful completion of the research stream will provide adequate training for those who do not have Honours but may wish to undertake a PhD in future.

The program uses a blended learning approach with regular tutorials conducted in the Health Education and Learning Precinct of the Melbourne Children's Campus in Parkville. Students are encouraged to attend relevant seminars, journal clubs and meetings to complement their studies.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be well positioned to gain employment across a broad range of fields such as:

  • Public Health and Health Policy

Public health genomics is the use of genomic information to benefit public health. The program will provide a grounding for people who are interested in combining genomics knowledge with skills in public health to work in areas of public policy for government or across a range of healthcare sectors. This would suit graduates from science, biomedical science or health sciences who would undertake electives from the Master of Public Health and/or science communication with internships in government, health policy think tanks, hospital settings or community advocacy groups.

  • Science

Variant curation is a process of examining genomic data results and using literature and databases to provide evidence about whether a patient’s genomic results have clinical significance. There is a need for variant curator scientists working in clinical services or in research. This would suit a graduate of applied science, science or biomedical science who would undertake electives in bioinformatics, the research stream with internships with clinical laboratories including pathology services, or clinical services with a focus on learning hands-on variant curation.

  • Clinical trials and research

Coordination, patient recruitment and informed consent are critical to the success of clinical trials and research in which patients or the public are involved. This would suit graduates from science, biomedical science or health sciences who would undertake the research stream, electives from the Master of Public Health and/or science communication with internships in research organisations, clinical trials centres, and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Medical and Allied Health Settings

Health practitioners whose disciplines are at the forefront of the genomics revolution and wish to be better prepared to incorporate this area into their practice. This includes, for example, specialist clinicians and nurses looking to upskill in genomics. In both cases knowledge and skills in genomics can applied to their everyday practice, or prepare them for more research or education based roles.

  •  Law

Given the advances in technology, medical law is an exciting field to be in. Ethical discourse and legal leadership often lag behind the introduction of new medical technologies, yet both are required to ensure safe, equitable and appropriate health system integration. This program will provide those from a law background with a level of specialist genomics knowledge and will allow students to tailor their studies to focus on legal research, or undertake a range of relevant electives to support more applied career paths.

 Who should apply?

  •  Qualified medical and allied health professionals who wish to upskill in the area of genomics and medicine.
  • Recent undergraduates in science (BSci) and biomedicine (BBiomed) who do not want a career in laboratory-based areas and who want to broaden their interest in genomics for the healthcare sector
  • Anyone with a suitable health background who wishes to seek employment in areas such as clinical trials, education, community-based organisations such as genetic support groups, government etc. or use the qualification as an entry point into a graduate research degree.

NB Completion of this course does not fulfil the professional requirements for employment as a genetic counsellor. Students who exit with a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma in Genomics and Health and who wish to apply for the Master of Genetic Counselling will need to meet all eligibility criteria for that program. Their application will need to demonstrate relevant volunteer work/experience and they will be ranked with all other applicants for that year. If they are successful at interview and are accepted into the Master of Genetic Counselling cohort they may receive appropriate credit for some subjects.



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Genetic counsellors work in a multidisciplinary team with clinical geneticists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, communicating complex genetic information to individuals and families to facilitate decision making. Read more

Genetic counsellors work in a multidisciplinary team with clinical geneticists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, communicating complex genetic information to individuals and families to facilitate decision making. Genetic counsellors are employed in clinical genetics units and work in many areas including: cancer genetics, predictive testing, paediatric genetics, prenatal genetics, adult genetics. Genetic counsellors increasingly are involved in qualitative and quantitative clinical genetic research.

The Master of Genetic Counselling constitutes the professional qualification for entry into employment as an associate genetic counsellor, and for Board Eligible certification, awarded through the Board of Censors in Genetic Counselling (Human Genetics Society of Australasia).

The 2 year Master of Genetic Counselling is designed to build and increase skills and breadth in clinical practice and research, utilising the expertise of tutors who are clinicians, genetic counsellors, scientists, people with a disability and community members. The Masters is taught within the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services at the Royal Childrens Hospital Parkville Victoria. Students are encouraged to attend educational activities within Genetic Health including seminars, clinic meetings and journal club.

The Graduate Diploma is an exit point after 1 year of study in the Masters.

Internationally, genetic counselling is taught within a 2 year clinical Masters. The Masters program aims to increase research and employment opportunities for graduates through developing reciprocity with other countries. With well established links to overseas training programs there are international opportunities for students, through an active exchange program for clinical placements and research collaborations. Past graduates are employed throughout the world -including in Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand. It is expected that graduates of the Melbourne Masters will be eligible to register to practise as genetic counsellors in the UK and Canada, further increasing employment opportunities.

The Master of Genetic Counselling will fulfil the requirements for certification and employment as a genetic counsellor in Australia and reciprocity with training overseas. The program teaches counselling skills, research skills and clinical genetics knowledge in small interactive student groups. Problem Based Learning is one mode of teaching in the genetics tutorials. This mode of teaching facilitates independent learning which equips the student to continue to develop professionally throughout their career. Students will complete a minor thesis with supervision, and have extensive counselling skills practice in varied clinical genetics and community settings. Assessment tasks mirror the skills needed in genetic counselling practice and for professional certification by the HGSA(Part 2)

Teaching staff are primarily practicing genetic counsellors, scientists and clinicians within the clinical genetics service.

Research and Evaluation Skills:

  • Understand the ethics committee process and develop an ethics proposal;
  • Undertake a critical literature review relevant to a particular topic of research;
  • Develop original research arising from clinical practice;
  • Present findings from an original research project at a professional forum;
  • Understand the principles of qualitative research, including research design and process in an ethical framework OR
  • Understand biostatistical concepts and methods and their application in the assessment and management of health conditions OR
  • Develop an understanding of the nature and purposes of health program evaluation.

Critical Reflection and Cognition Skills:

  • Develop counselling skills through application of models of practice, in supervised clinical placements;
  • Critically evaluate different models of practice through theory, observation and participation in genetic counselling interviews;
  • Respect differences in cultural, religious and socioeconomic beliefs in clients, through developing a critical understanding of difference through the literature and personal contact with clients;
  • Develop self-awareness through reflection and active participation in the process of supervision.

Communication Skills:

  • Analyse the genetic counselling process and the impact on families from a cultural, ethical and psychosocial perspective;
  • Understand and critically analyse the process of transference and countertransference in an interview;
  • Critically analyse the process of communication.

Ethical Skills:

  • Understand the ethical principles that guide and inform genetic counselling practice;
  • Consider personal, cultural and moral values which may impact on the individual practice of genetic counselling;
  • Recognise the ethical challenges that may confront clients;
  • Understand and identify the potential for ethical challenges in emerging genetic technologies;
  • Identify possible challenges to facilitating informed consent and maintaining patient confidentiality.

Genetics Knowledge:

  • Understand the principles of inheritance;
  • Understand chromosomal disorders and the genetic basis of disease;
  • Understand clinical genetic risk assessments for patients and families;
  • Elicit and document a family history and family pedigree, convey genetic information and discuss risk;
  • Understand the normal stages of human embryo development and have an awareness of how this can be disrupted;
  • Understand the role of genetics as the underlying cause of various disorders of the human body;
  • Understand the role of genetics in cancer;
  • Have an appreciation for the range of molecular, cytogenetic and biochemical laboratory tests utilised in clinical genetic practice;
  • Understand the genetic testing approach taken for specific genetic disorders;
  • Understand the treatment approach taken for specific genetic disorders;
  • Understand the issues relating to population based screening;
  • Understand the role of prenatal screening and testing in pregnancy management and care, and the options available when fetal abnormality is detected;
  • Understand the organisational and economic aspects of health care in Australia;
  • Understand the role of the genetic counsellor in the context of the multidisciplinary approach to clinical genetic health care;
  • Understand the principles of the legal and professional duties and the responsibilities of genetic counsellors as health professionals and members of a health care team.


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The Master of Youth Mental Health has been developed by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Youth Mental Health in collaboration with Orygen… Read more

The Master of Youth Mental Health has been developed by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Youth Mental Health in collaboration with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health to strengthen the capacity of the youth mental health workforce both nationally and internationally. The course is designed for health-care professionals working in a range of clinical and community contexts, and draws on contributions by world-leading experts in the field to provide students with the latest theory, research and evidence-based approaches in this specialised area of mental health. In the final year of the program, students will also have the opportunity to complete a substantial capstone experience and independent research project.

The course is delivered wholly online and is offered as a nested program, allowing students to exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma after 1 and 2 years of part-time study, respectively. Upon completing the Graduate Diploma, students who meet the minimum academic requirements (i.e., an average of 70% across the course) can progress to the Master of Youth Mental Health.

On successful completion of the Master of Youth Mental Health, students will have developed the following areas of knowledge:

  • Major contemporary theories of youth development and mental health
  • The range of best-practice psychosocial and biological interventions for different types of mental ill-health in young people
  • Recent, evidence-based advances in the prevention and early intervention of mental ill-health in young people
  • Key features of the various types of mental ill-health experienced by young people
  • Organisational and management approaches that optimise youth mental health service delivery across a range of settings
  • The principles and conduct of practice-based research

In addition, students will be able to build on their existing skills in the following areas:

  • Engaging and assessing young people experiencing mental ill-health
  • Identifying and assessing the early signs of serious mental illnesses in young people
  • Preparing treatment plans applicable to the different stages of mental illness that are sensitive to the developmental tasks facing young clients of mental health services
  • Matching optimal approaches to the treatment of young people to impatient, community-based and home-based contexts
  • Applying critically reflective, evidence-based approaches to youth mental health practices
  • Interpreting, designing and implementing practice-based research methods


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Masters-prepared nurses assume responsibility for establishing new professional roles, devising new models of care and leading dynamic changes to practice. Read more

Masters-prepared nurses assume responsibility for establishing new professional roles, devising new models of care and leading dynamic changes to practice.

The Master of Advanced Nursing is an 18-month program. 

The first year of study provides the opportunity for students to extend their existing nursing knowledge and develop skills in specialty practice.

The remainder of the course builds on this specialisation by focusing on advanced practice skills and knowledge. Specifically it will prepare students for clinical leadership roles in nursing and healthcare.

On completion of the Master of Advanced Nursing the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of relevant research literature related to a chosen specialty field of Advanced Nursing Practice;
  • the ability to analyse key social and political influences on the delivery of specialist and Advanced Practice Nursing service/s;
  • the knowledge and skills required to explore and evaluate the status of (and potential for) Advanced Nursing Practice in national and international contexts;
  • knowledge and skills to support extension to practice and the development of therapeutic and evidence-based nursing interventions in specialty and Advanced Nursing Practice;
  • the skills required to develop, implement and undertake new and innovative practices within established legislative and professional boundaries;
  • knowledge and skills to support culturally competent practice, leadership and/or education relevant to specialty and Advanced Nursing Practice.


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Epidemiology is the scientific method used to track population health, to find cause of disease (and health) and to identify ways to prevent disease. Read more

Epidemiology is the scientific method used to track population health, to find cause of disease (and health) and to identify ways to prevent disease. It is often called the basic science of public health, but its principles extend to clinical research and practice.

Epidemiologists are the medical detectives for populations. They solve puzzles about who gets diseases, what causes disease and how to prevent disease.

The Master of Science (Epidemiology) course is taught by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, which is in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. The School has strong programs of epidemiological research in many areas of importance for public health in Australia and globally.

You will have the ability to undertake independent research in Epidemiology with the potential to progress to a PhD degree.

On completiong of this course, graduates are expected to have:

  • A critical approach to the appraisal of research work;
  • The skills to identify and prioritise issues in health research and practice;
  • The capacity to apply epdiemiological and biostatistical theory and methods in practice, including the demonstrated ability to: Identify health issues and formulate research questions; Locate, synthesise and critically appraise epidemiological data, systems and research; Design and appraise epidemiological studies; Summarise and report epidemiological data; Apply standard methods of statistical analysis used in epidemiology; Interpret and apply the findings of epidemiological studies; Prepare grant applications and manuscripts and deliver effective oral presentations; and
  • Developed business and communication skills that are relevant to the workplace.  

CAREER OUTCOMES

Epidemiologists are in high demand because of a national shortage. As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  • Medical research institutes
  • Universities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Government
  • Hospitals


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