Master of Culture, Health and Medicine



Whether you're a clinician or social scientist, teacher or aspiring global health worker, this program will help you understand the foundations of health, illness, and medical practice in a culturally diverse world, and give you the skills to bring about change. The Master of Culture, Health and Medicine (MCHAM) is the only program of its kind in Australia. Drawing on anthropological and other social science perspectives and technical expertise in health related research and practice, it will provide you with a nuanced understanding of the nature of health, sickness, and healing in a local and global context. You will emerge with the skills to undertake social and cultural analysis of health policy and practices. This interdisciplinary program is taught by leading academics, clinicians, and global health practitioners from across the university.

Five specialisations are available for you to choose from, according to your interests:
  • Global health and development
  • Health and environment
  • Health and gender
  • Health and Indigenous Australia
  • Health policy and ethics

Master of Culture, Health and Medicine

Further studies

Master of Culture, Health and Medicine (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification

Admissions requirements

By transfer from the Master of Culture, Health and Medicine, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks. Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.

Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
  2. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
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