MHSSH LABORATORY STREAM

The HIV, STI and Sexual Health Program provides high levels of knowledge and skill in the understanding and control of STIs, including HIV infection. Our comprehensive program will give you an opportunity to develop your skills in a multidisciplinary, research-rich environment.

Target Audience

  • Recent science, medical science or medical graduates interested in pursuing a career in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health diagnostics or research.
  • More established laboratory scientists, wishing to gain a more in depth knowledge and practical understanding in these areas.

Learning Pathways

Students may enrol into one of the following:

  • Individual units of study (subject to approval by the unit of study Coordinator)
  • The Masters of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health (MHSSH) - Laboratory stream (48 credit points)
  • The Graduate Diploma in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health (GDipHSSH) - Laboratory stream (36 credit points)
  • A double degree of the MHSSH with a Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Please note that this is only available to AusAID-funded students.
  • Students who successfully complete the MSHHS degree with a Credit grade (or higher) may apply for consideration to enrol in an intercalated MPhil degree program. Those who successfully complete their MPhil may use this as a one year contribution towards a three year PhD program.

Entrance Requirements

A science degree from a recognised institution.

Professional Outcomes

Completion of the MHSSH Laboratory Science degree will provide graduates with the chance to contribute to the prevention and management of HIV and STIs. Graduates of this program can use their qualification to work in posts focusing on the laboratory diagnosis of people with, or at risk of HIV and STIs. General laboratory scientists will find this course invaluable in enhancing their current skills and developing specialised skills in the diagnosis and management of STIs and HIV.

Laboratory Stream

Stream Core Units of Study Stream Elective Units of Study

To be awarded a Master degree (MHSSH), students must complete 48 credit points of stream specific units of study.

Graduate Diploma students complete 6 credit points of stream specific elective units of study.

Masters students complete 12 credit points of stream specific elective units of study.

Semester 1

Semester 1

SEXH5200
Advanced STIs
(6crp)

SEXH5402
Counselling in Sexual Health 1
(6crp)
SEXH5206
Diagnostic Methods in Sexual Health
(6crp)
SEXH5404
Variations in Sexual Function
(6crp)
  SEXH5409
Adult Sexual Assault
(6crp)
  SEXH5410
Sexual Health Promotion 1
(6crp)
  SEXH5412
Sexual Health & Relationships Education
(6crp)
  INIM5001
Fundamental Immunology
(6crp)
  INIM5011
Advanced Medical Bacteriology
  (6crp)
  PUBH5010
Epidemiology Methods and Uses
(6crp)
  PUBH5018
Introductory Biostatistics
(6crp)
Semester 2 Semester 2
SEXH5008
Sex and Society
(2crp)
SEXH5205
Advanced Adolescent Sexual Health
(6crp)
SEXH5101
Public Health Aspects of STIs
(2crp)
SEXH5403
Counselling in Sexual Health 2
(6crp)
SEXH5102
Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS
(2crp)
SEXH5405
Contraception and Reproductive Health
(6crp)
SEXH5202
Advanced HIV Infection
(6crp)
SEXH5407
Sex Gender and Sexuality
(6crp)
  SEXH5408
HIV/STI Program Delivery
(2crp)
  SEXH5413
Sexual Health Promotion 2
(6crp)
  BETH5208
Introduction to Human Research Ethics
(2crp)
  IINIM5002
Virology and Cell Technology
(6crp)
  INIM5012
Infection Control and Epidemiology
(6crp)
  MIPH5116
Culture, Health, Illness and Medicine
(4crp)
  MIPH5118
Global Perspectives of HIV/AIDS
(4crp)
  MIPH5135
Health Systems in Developing Countries
(4crp)