Master of Indigenous Health (Substance Use)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

This degree aims to build the clinical, public health and academic capacity of Indigenous health professionals to prevent and treat harm associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the Indigenous community. This is the highest university-level qualification in Indigenous health aspects of substance use recognised at a national level.

You will engage in areas of study including alcohol dependence and withdrawal, cannabis tobacco and depression, and substance use across the lifespan. You also have the opportunity to complete two elective units of study from the public health or international public health programs.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Master of Indigenous Health (Substance Use) consists of 48 credit points (cp), including six core units of study (36cp) and two elective units (12cp). The core component is completed in block mode in person at the University main campus, with each block being around one week in length. After each block, you will have a series of learning tasks to complete at home or in your workplace, amounting to 50 hours work. Topics covered in the core component include alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, opioids, injecting drug use, amphetamines, psychological complications and co-morbidity of substance misuse and substance use. In the second year of master's study, you may choose 2 elective units in relevant subjects from the Master of Public Health or Master of International Public Health, and study these either on campus or online.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Indigenous Health (Substance Use) will be able to work as an Aboriginal drug and alcohol worker, aboriginal health and/or drug and alcohol liaison officer, drug and alcohol counsellor/worker, health worker in government, policy officer, project officer, or research officer. They may also find employment in non-government and community controlled organisations.

Further study

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.
It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website


Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the degree of Master of Indigenous Health (Substance Use) will:
(a) have completed the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma with a credit average; and
(b) have shown evidence of support for his/her candidature from his/her community and, where relevant, from his/her employer; and
(c) have passed an interview conducted by the School of Public Health unless waived by the Head of School.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

This course is currently not available to international students.

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