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Master of Health (Advanced Nursing)

100% online course

Study load

Approx 12-15 hours per week* (see course structure)


2 years (240 credit points)


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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 advanced 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.

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Course structure

Please note that study load will vary depending on the amount of units you choose to study and the credit point cost of that unit.

12-15 contact hours are estimated for one 15 credit point unit, while 24-30 are expected for those studying two 15 credit point units or one 30 credit point unit.

Code: HEALT6003

Contact Hours: 24-30 hours

Credit Points: 30

This unit 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 unit will enable nurses to apply advanced level knowledge relating to pathophysiology in a clinical setting.

Code: HEALT6000

Contact Hours: 24-30 hours

Credit Points: 30

This unit 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.

Code: HEALT6001

Credit Points: 30

The purpose of this unit 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 unit 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 unit is to help you become critically self-reflective of your own style of leadership, improving your practice in a health setting.

Code: HEALT7006

Credit Points: 30

In this capstone project-based unit students are provided with an opportunity to design and implement a project that support the development of advanced level leadership, scholarly inquiry and communication skills. Students will typically be engaged in healthcare practice which will support the development of an integrated project to demonstrate their understanding of advanced levels concepts developed across the unit. Students will continue to work with an allocated supervisor who will offer guidance throughout the duration of the investigation. Students will have established timeframes and deliverables across the semester to support the production of project report at the conclusion of the unit.

Code: BUHEA6901

Credit Points: 15

This unit focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the human experience of healthcare. Through interactive activities students explore contemporary professional, ethical, social justice, political and consumer considerations in the healthcare setting. The topics build upon each other as well as consider the interface of policy, practice and evidence in the delivery of quality management and care.

Code: BUHEA6902

Credit Points: 15

This unit builds skills in the politics and policies related to health services management. It primarily focuses on public policy but also draws on policy applicable globally as well as the student's country of origin. Policy analysis includes both the process of identifying, structuring, and analysing information to design better policy within the health sector, and evaluation of existing policies.

Credit Points: 15

This unit prepares new, aspiring, and middle managers to assume leadership roles in a range of healthcare settings. This is achieved through examination of leadership theory and models, organisational culture, understanding power and influence, and the practical aspects of leading teams and change. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness in leadership development.

Code: BUHEA6904

Credit Points: 15

This unit enables students to examine and develop an in-depth understanding of the meaning and significance of evidence-based practice in health care, including an evolutionary account of the development of the philosophy and the current state of evidence-based practice in health services management.

What you will learn

This unit will prepare you with advanced practice knowledge and leadership in preparation for roles in leadership, management, education or the development and implementation of change in policy for practice development.

Provide quality management and care to the specific needs of individual patients – including in areas such as disability, chronic pain, and end-of-life care.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a three-year (minimum) Bachelor level qualification in Nursing. You cannot enter based on Diploma level studies.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate current and satisfactory registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse.

Completion of the Master of Health provides a pathway into Doctoral studies with Federation University.


2024 Indicative Fees

$4,445 student contribution amount (Commonwealth Supported Place)

If you’re offered a Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your fees (student contribution) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual enrolled units, not the overall course. Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution amount.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only. Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

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 unit 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

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

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.

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