Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

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The Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is designed for practitioners from diverse backgrounds in disability services, including medical, nursing, dental, allied health therapies, social work, behavioural science and educational professions to develop specialist knowledge in the field of developmental disability.

Developmental disability is a diverse group of chronic conditions including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy. People living with developmental disability, across their lifespan, confront many issues, especially in communication, physical and mental health, learning, family life, social inclusion, sexuality, self-help, and independent living.

Underpinned by theory, scholarship and research, this program looks to expand the knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by people with developmental disability, and enhance the skills of professionals to respond to the challenges faced by the sector.

The Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is taught by world-class leaders in the field who are committed to advancing health and social policy and practice solutions to enable affected individuals and their families to participate fully in society.

This program tackles some of the difficult questions in developmental disability, including sexuality, end-of-life issues, and parenting to ensure that people receive the support they need in these crucial aspects of their life that are all too often overlooked.

Course outline

http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/health_sci/postgraduate/coursework/developmental_disability_unit_of_study_table.shtml 

Study plan


You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 72 credit points (cps) consisting of two core units (6cps each), five Developmental Disability stream electives (30cps), four elective units (24cps), and one capstone unit (6cps)

Further course information

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Major changes to the delivery of disability services, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, mean an unprecedented demand for well-trained, research-literate practitioners to provide disability services and inform policy.

This program is delivered by leading developmental disability researchers and lecturers who are actively involved in disability services, policy and research. It provides specialist education for people who are interested in tackling the challenging issues in disability services and policy. It will equip you with the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding to contribute to multidisciplinary practice in a manner characterised by respect for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates and communities.

Course accreditation

This unique course was originally developed as a collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, by a team of nationally recognised researchers and practitioners in developmental disability.

Further study

Upon completion of this award you may want to consider a Master's by Research or a PhD.

Admission

Admission requirements

In order to qualify for admission, applicants must have one of the following:

• A bachelor's degree in an area of occupational relevance
such as health sciences, allied health/therapy (physiotherapy,
occupational therapy, speech pathology), medicine, dentistry,
nursing, welfare, psychology, behavioural, social, educational
or biomedical sciences.
• Overseas qualifications acceptable to the Faculty
• Other general and professional qualifications and/or
experience as will satisfy the Faculty that the applicant
possesses the educational preparation and capacity to
pursue graduate studies, and satisfy such additional
requirement for admission to the program as may be
prescribed by the Faculty

As students will be studying online, access to a computer with internet connection is essential.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the Sydney Master of Health Science (Development Disability) are made through the Faculty of Health Sciences. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. This course does not have a July intake.

International students

How to apply

Applications for the Sydney Master of Health Science (Development Disability) are made through the Faculty of Health Sciences. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. This course does not have a July intake.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability).

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability).