HIV, STIs and Sexual Health - restructured in 2015

Course Information

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are major public health concerns, with millions of adults and children becoming infected each year. Effective prevention, diagnosis, management and surveillance of HIV and STIs require a thorough understanding of issues such as microbiology, immunology, diagnostics, therapeutics, harm reduction strategies and program delivery.

This course provides comprehensive, evidence-based, inter-professional and research-intensive learning experiences that meets the needs of Australian and international students working in a range of disciplines related to HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. It also creates opportunities to seamlessly transition to research candidature.

Core units of study provide professionals with foundational competence in medicine, nursing, laboratory, counseling and public health streams. An additional wide range of electives creates opportunities for candidates to explore related areas of interest.

Please view the University handbook for information about units of study, course structure and streams.

Why study HIV,STIs and Sexual Health with us?

This is one of the only master’s programs offered in Australia for people who want to specialise in HIV, STIs and sexual health.

Several of the units of study are recognised as providing training for the sexual health curriculum of the Royal Australasian College of Medicine. Students completing the counselling stream are eligible to apply for professional accreditation with Sexology Australia and the Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists.

Admission Requirements

Pathway Graduate Certificate GradCertMed / GradCertSciMed Graduate Diploma GradDipMed/ GradDipSciMed Masters MMed / MSciMed Advanced Masters** MMed(Adv) / MScMed(Adv)
Counselling An undergraduate or postgraduate degree or relevant experience in health / sexual-health / counselling An undergraduate or postgraduate degree An undergraduate or postgraduate degree MMed(HSSH)(Counselling) / MSciMed(HSSH)(Counselling)
Clinical Medicine An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in medicine An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in medicine An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in medicine MMed(HSSH)(Clinical Medicine)
Public Health An undergraduate or postgraduate degree or relevant experience in health / sexual-health / public health An undergraduate or postgraduate degree An undergraduate or postgraduate degree MMed(HSSH)(Public Health) / MSciMed(HSSH)(Public Health)
Nursing An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Nursing (or equivalent nursing qualification) An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Nursing (or equivalent nursing qualification) An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Nursing (or equivalent nursing qualification) MSciMed(HSSH)(Nursing)
Laboratory An undergraduate or postgraduate degree with a science/laboratory component An undergraduate or postgraduate degree with a science/laboratory component An undergraduate or postgraduate degree with a science/laboratory component MMed(HSSH)(Laboratory) / MSciMed(HSSH)(Laboratory)

Course Options

  Credit points Duration Delivery options Available to
Graduate Certificate 24 0.5 years full-time; part-time option available Some units flexible Domestic and International students
Graduate Diploma 36 1 year full-time; part-time option available Some units flexible Domestic and International students
Master 48 1 year full-time; part-time option available Some units flexible Domestic and International students
Master (Advanced) 60 1.5 years full-time; part-time option available some units flexible Domestic and International students
Master/MPhil (Double degree) 96 2 years full-time face to face

International Students Only

Course Structure

Students select from five pathways to focus their studies. Follow the links for more information:

Each pathway has a list of associated Stream Specific and Stream specific Elective units of study from which students build their course.

Graduate Certificate

Students complete 24 credit points of Stream Specific units of study from their selected pathway.

Graduate Diploma

In addition to the 24 credit points required for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma students must complete 6 credit points of Compulsory units of study plus 6 credit points of Stream Specific Elective units of study from their selected pathway.

 Units of Study
Credit Points
Compulsory Units  
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 6
Master and Master (Advanced)

Master students complete 12 credit points of Compulsory units of study (see below); 24 credit points required for the Graduate Certificate; plus an additional 12 credit points of Stream Specific units of study.

 Units of Study
Credit Points
Compulsory Units  
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 6
Professional Placement 6

To enrol in the Master (Advanced) students need to be enroled in the master's degree and maintain a weighted average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream-specific units of study. The Master (Advanced) requires the completion of project work (12 credit points).

How to apply

Applications are currently open for this course, they can be made through Universities application portal. To do so, follow the link, and click 'Apply Now'. Note that the information on this page and in the Postgraduate Guide 2015 is the most up to date information.