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Master of Indigenous Health (Substance Use)

Overview

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.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

Research areas

What you'll study

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.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Completion requirement

Capstone (compulsory project)

Assumed knowledge

Applying for honours

Admission requirement

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.

Course opportunities

Option to combine with

Professional accreditation

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

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.

Career information for UAC

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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