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Master of Health (Advanced Nursing)

100% online course

Study load

Approx. 12-15 hours per week


2 years (240 credit points)


Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

With a Master of Health in advanced nursing, you’ll refine your passion and ability, and be ready to step up as a leader within our healthcare system.
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Cultivate an expert health leadership skill-set

The Master of Health (Advanced Nursing) equips you with the advanced knowledge of clinical practice you will need enabling you to hone your clinical reasoning and leadership skills to deliver evidence-based patient outcomes and drive progressive change in a range of health care settings. Upon graduation you will be ready to step into high-level leadership and management roles – specialising in fields such as nursing education, development, and policy development and implementation.

The course combines the unparalleled flexibility of online study with the opportunity to integrate your extended clinical practice into real workplaces. You will complete a work-integrated project with an academic mentor, which will enhance your professional standing when you apply for clinical leadership roles in the health sector.

Course structure

Code: HEALT6000

Credit Points: 30

This course explores global health care and provides an overview of primary healthcare strategies implemented around the world. This knowledge will give you an advanced understanding of different approaches to the global health detriments and explores how these factors affect human populations. In doing so, you will gain insight into the importance of health and human rights at both a local and global context. You will also be able to identify patterns of health and disease, as well as the factors which influence them.

Key Concepts:

  • A critical understanding of the global determinants of health

  •  Influences upon the health of Indigenous populations across the globe

  •  Ethical frameworks for making health related changes; including the ability to comment on the accomplishments and failures of the western medical model in developing countries

Code: HEALT6003

Credit Points: 30

This course allows registered nurses to build on their existing knowledge by introducing them to advanced nursing practice. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of human pathophysiology of the major body systems, their alterations and health assessment. This course will enable nurses to apply advanced level knowledge relating to pathophysiology in a clinical setting.

Code: HEALT6001

Credit Points: 30

The purpose of this course is to enable students in the health discipline to develop advanced skills when conducting research in the practice-based health sciences. This will give you the tools not only to design your research, but to conduct it with an advanced level exploration of the research process.

Key Concepts:

  • Develop an understanding of the practical elements of research design such as: formulating a research question, selecting an appropriate methodology, understanding sampling procedures and finding an approach to social research

  • Understand the ethical considerations for applied research with human subjects.

  • Develop skills to communicate research findings appropriate to the health science sector.

Code: HEALT6002

Credit Points: 30

This course serves as a framework for students who are undertaking research at an advanced level to inform professional practice in a health context. It aims to help students build knowledge and skills to present high level academic writing and enables them to critically review literature related to their specific area of research.

Key Concepts:

  • Learn to critically analyse literature (primary and secondary sources) related to health science research.

  • Develop the skills for high level academic writing, including the ability to form and define an area of inquiry.

  • Discover areas for additional research where necessary.

Code: HEALT7004

Credit Points: 30

We know that in order to be an effective leader, we must have a good understanding of ourselves. This unit helps students to critically reflect on their own social and emotional processes in order to evaluate these with the goal of becoming an effective leader in a health context. You will be encouraged to reflect on your perceptions of leadership and engage with leadership experts in health contexts from around the world. The ultimate goal of the course is to help you become critically self-reflective of your own style of leadership, improving your practice in a health setting.

Code: HEALT7005

Credit Points: 45

You’ll work with a supervisor to design and implement a project that supports the development of your leadership, scholarly inquiry and written communication skills. Supervisors will assist you throughout the duration of your investigation. It is expected that you will produce a major project at the conclusion of the course.

You must choose and complete up to 60 credit points worth of electives.

What you will learn

Gain extended hands-on experience with advanced nursing practices, allowing you to apply everything you learn online in at least 80 days of professional placement.

Nursing is a teamwork-driven profession, and there will be great opportunities for you – as a committed practitioner – to take on more responsibility and higher-level leadership roles.

Refine the specialist knowledge you need to tailor the care you provide to the specific needs of individual patients – including in areas such as disability, chronic pain, and end-of-life care.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a four-year Bachelor level qualification (or equivalent) from a health cognate discipline, or having undertaken Honours, or post-graduate study to level of Graduate Certificate.

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Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$3,985 estimated annual tuition fee.

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Support services

Be supported through your studies with services tailored to the online learning environment. Federation University Online personalises support for every student, accessible at every stage of your study journey.

  • Student advisors dedicated to answering your questions about anything from enrolment and course management to essay writing and technical support.
  • Online Learning Advisors (OLAs) guiding you through your course, bringing industry experience and expertise in online learning to your studies.
  • Study and assignment resources to help you get the most out of each course and submit high quality assessments.
  • An online community made up of a diverse network of students, who you’ll study alongside in learning groups and discussion boards.

Flexible study requires flexible support – discover the services available to you so you can go further.

Career outcomes

Develop specialised clinical knowledge that will prepare you for advanced roles in clinical settings.

Contribute to the development of the future nursing workforce by implementing, delivering and evaluating nursing education and professional development programs.

Apply your nursing expertise in a leadership capacity, coordinating in nursing teams and ensuring all patients receive the high-quality and tailored care they require.

I’ve absolutely loved it, even though I was really worried about studying again. But you make that decision and you make the commitment to do it and it just happens.

Stacey Krahe

Federation University Graduate, Nursing

Industry insights

With a Master of Health (Advanced Nursing), you will be expertly equipped to vastly improve your professional standing in health care based roles, including;

  • Lead nursing positions
  • Nurse and nurse unit manager
  • Emergency nursing
  • Professional nurse educator
  • Lead nursing opportunities

Rated #1 course across multiple categories

We’ve been #1 in Victoria for graduate outcomes for 6 years running in The Good Universities Guide annual university rankings.

We received 5 stars for Student Support for our Nursing courses, with 80.6% of students feeling satisfied with their support.
We received 5 stars for Skills Development in Health Services, placing our courses in the top 20% in Australia.
We received 5 stars for Learner Engagement in Health Services, meaning that most students felt engaged throughout their studies.

Meet the people behind your course

Dr Blake Peck

Senior Lecturer

Blake Peck is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health. Blake’s main research interests relate to pediatric injury, the health workforce, childhood long-term illness and qualitative research theory. Blake has been widely published in journal articles relating to nursing and health, and his main teaching areas include research methods, pathophysiology of disease and pharmacology.

Dr Kerry Hood

Senior Lecturer

Kerry Hood is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health. Kerry has been published across numerous nursing journals and her research interests include interprofessional learning and teaching and learning pedagogy. Kerry’s main teaching areas include education, leadership and social determinants of health.

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