Master of Adolescent Health & Welfare

Course MC-AHW (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 200 credit points taken over 24 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Andrea Krelle


Andrea Krelle
Course Overview: The Master of Adolescent Health & Welfare program will provide a unique learning opportunity for students to develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in the specialist discipline of adolescent health and well being. The research component (subject and thesis) will require students to propose a research question, choose and design a methodology for a relevant adolescent health issue. They then conduct the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor and apply what is learnt to their own workplace and practice. This research cycle, from conception to implementation and adaptation, serves as a rigorous exercise in academic excellence.
  • Further develop and apply critically reflective, evidence-informed approaches to adolescent health and welfare practice, program development and policy analysis;
  • Analyse and critically evaluate contemporary theories of adolescence and adolescent development (including historical and cultural contexts), to enhance own practice in working with young people, families, communities and agencies;
  • identify national and international adolescent health issues and trends and relate these to the broader socio-environmental contexts impacting on the health and wellbeing of young people;
  • identify the principles associated with 'micro' and 'macro' approaches to practice and use these to develop enhanced prevention and intervention strategies when working with young people, families, communities and agencies;
  • analyse, evaluate and apply ecological models of resiliency, risk and protection in adolescent health;
  • engage young people, families and other professionals in the development and implementation of strategies to promote adolescent health and wellbeing;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to critical enquiry and evidence-based practice so as to maintain currency with contemporary debates and continuously inform practice;
  • Analyse and reflect on national and international adolescent health issues and trends as they relate to particular communities and professional practice settings;
  • Further develop and apply principles associated with 'micro' and 'macro' approaches to practice in adolescent health and welfare;
  • Plan, implement and evaluate effective prevention, early intervention and intervention strategies relevant to work with young people.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: Six core subjects and eight electives from lists below. Students have the option of exiting at a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level.
Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Electives Year One

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Not offered in 2011
Semester 1, Semester 2

Electives Year Two

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Entry Requirements:
  • A degree in education, teaching, youth work, health science, health/welfare-related disciplines or sociology
  • Limited places are available for those without tertiary qualifications but with significant relevant work experience (please contact the Course Coordinator)
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :
Graduate Attributes:

In addition to the objectives outlined above, the Master of Adolescent Health & Welfare is designed to enable students to:

  • Further develop and apply holistic, evidence informed approaches to practice with young people in a cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary context;
  • Develop the ability to design and undertake advanced researhc at a postgraduate level;
  • Prepare an adolescent health minor thesis that contributes to our understanding of young peoples health and wellbeing.

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