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Health Science


Graduate Certificate


Graduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma


Master's by coursework


Master's by research



Responsible faculty or institute:
Health Science (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 6 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


The Doctor of Health is a professional doctorate, consisting of a rigorous program of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of health industry and health professional groups. It fosters excellence in health professional practice by developing the capacity of individuals to lead development of knowledge in their professional contexts. It encourages close cooperation across the university/industry/professional interface and provides a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly inquiry.

The Doctor of Health is designed for health professionals with a Masters degree who are interested in conducting research relevant to their workplace setting. It is designed to enable participants to pursue higher degree research within the context of their role in the workplace and to receive academic support and recognition of this. The emphasis is on action research and associated organisational change, the contribution to knowledge, and dissemination of research findings through publication.

The degree takes place over 3 years of study or equivalent part-time and normally results in a thesis written in English of approximately 50-60,000 words (depending on the discipline), or a portfolio of published papers and an integrated overview of the research of approximately 50-60,000 words.

Further information on the research areas of supervisors in this discipline is available from the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

Currently there are no fees for domestic candidates as they are provided with a Commonwealth Research Training Scheme place. Fees for international candidates are here.

To apply, see Graduate Research: for application information.

Admission & Prerequisites

  • A recognised Australian or International postgraduate qualification and an established research/publication record,
  • A recognised Australian or International postgraduate qualification which includes 25% or more research methods and 25% or more workplace project or equivalent candidates must have achieved a minimum of a credit average in their graduate coursework studies as a demonstration of their capacity to undertake graduate research at an advanced level.
Applicants must provide their employer's written endorsement of their candidature.

International applicants must also meet the University's English language requirements for admission:

Course Objectives

Candidates will make a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in their professional context and may formalise workplace-based research and development.

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Doctor of Health to meet its Generic Attributes for higher degrees by research.

Career Outcomes

The Doctor of Health will provide senior health professionals with a learning pathway to the benefit of the organisation across a range of health and health-related disciplines.

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