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Master of Health Specialisation Rural & Remote

Master of Health Specialisation Rural & Remote (MOHH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 1.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
Note: This degree is currently being re-accredited and, as a consequence, is likely to undergo some changes.


  • With USQ’s Master of Health (Rural and Remote Health) will allow you to further develop skills in rural and remote health care, including emergency nursing and management of immunisation programs. You will also work with a senior academic and researcher to plan and design an independent research project.
  • If you are a Registered Nurse wishing to further your knowledge and advance your skills in rural and isolated practice, this specialisation incorporates scheduled medicines, and enables you to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement for nursing practice in a rural and isolated practice area.
  • A Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse (RIPERN/RIPRN) is authorised to obtain, supply and administer Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines, under protocol.
  • If you are not sure whether you would like to complete an entire masters degree, apply to study USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Health or Graduate Diploma of Health and take the credit from your studies to the Master of Health if you decide to continue studying.

Further study

Successful completion of the Master of Health will qualify you to apply for PhD entry.

Professional accreditation

If you elect to study the scheduled medicines courses within the Master of Health (Rural and Remote), the Scheduled Medicines program is accredited with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to enable you to apply for scheduled medicines endorsement through Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Career outcomes

  • This degree will enhance your career opportunities in the rural and remote health field as a specialist, and contribute to and research your specialised area of health.

Entry requirements

  • 3-year undergraduate degree in a health-related area from an Australian or internationally recognised University, or equivalent
  • Be registered as a Division 1 Registered Nurse of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and must be able to demonstrate at least one years' full-time clinical experience. 
  • Applicants must provide a detailed CV including education, clinical experience, professional development, and full time equivalent for each employer. 
  • USQ requires written confirmation that the applicant is currently practicing as an Registered Nurse and can complete required hours of clinical mentorship in their workplace.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 12 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 5
Specialisation courses 6
1 x elective 1
Total 12

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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