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Doctor of Health

University of Tasmania
Program overview
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
38,392 AUD
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38,392 AUD
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38,392 AUD
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38,392 AUD
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38,392 AUD
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Program description

Doctor of Health

The Doctor of Health is a professional doctorate consisting of higher degree coursework and research, designed specifically to meet the research needs of health industry and health professional groups.

The Doctor of Health fosters excellence in health professional practice by developing the capacity of individuals to conduct research within 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 course normally takes up to four years of full-time equivalent (EFT)* study and consists of coursework (30%) and research (70%) components. The research component of circa 60-80,000 words in English, can be presented as either a traditional thesis or a portfolio of published papers and a substantial integrated overview of the research.

This award is independently assessed by a minimum of two examiners external to the University on the successful completion of the dissertation or portfolio of published papers and coursework components.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

The research topic will reflect the interests of the candidate, their workplace and the expertise of their supervisors. To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

Course Objectives

The Doctor of Health will provide experienced health professionals with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in their professional context and may formalise workplace-based research and development. Its interdisciplinary nature and opportunity for inter-professional research provides a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly enquiry.

The course aims to develop the research competencies of candidates by equipping them with the ability to evaluate different conceptual approaches to health related issues in the context of their own experience and workplace. The emphasis is on applied and translational research and associated organisational change, the contribution to knowledge, and dissemination of research findings through publication.

Candidates will acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.

At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

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 Philosophy to meet its Generic Attributes.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Professional Doctorate is based on a demonstrated capacity to undertake significant research in the field of Health and Health Services. Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant Health sector experience (usually a minimum of 5 years) and demonstrate their level of competency against four skills areas:

  1. Conceptual and theoretical understanding/knowledge of the field;
  2. Research design, data collection and data management skills/ ability to undertake research;
  3. Analytical and interpretative skills (e.g. data analysis, critical analysis, problem solving); and
  4. Communication skills

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Higher Degree by Research
  • Foundations of Research Literacy

Year 2

  • Health Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be able to:

  • Make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice;
  • Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice; and
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be independent researchers able to:

  • Evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of various perspectives, methods and processes in research projects;
  • Independently and systematically develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice;
  • Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning; and
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
  • Work collaboratively in a team, recognising the need for and value of complementary expertise/skill sets, and work productively with other people; and
  • Communicate orally and in written form sufficient to publish and present their work, and communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Application of Knowledge

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Undertake research with autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
  • Understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.

Career opportunities

Professional Doctorate graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths across a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector. The Doctor of Health will provide experienced 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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University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

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We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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Private Bag 51
TAS 7001 Hobart

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