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Violence and Trauma Studies - Master of Health Practice

In the Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies you'll investigate Māori and Western approaches to healing from violence and trauma, and gain an understanding of violence and power in society.

The Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies is intended for health professionals with at least three years of clinical experience.

This degree caters for a wide range of ‘people professionals’ - community agency workers, social workers, counsellors, group workers, psychotherapists, probation officers, refugee workers, the military, the police, marae and iwi services, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, nurses, Civil Defence, health workers, health promoters and first responder emergency services.

This violence and trauma studies degree is suitable for professionals working with children, young people adults, families and whānau experiencing interpersonal violence and trauma, drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues and disability issues.


This is part of the Master of Health Practice.

Start date: 2023

You need a total of 180 points to complete the Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies. You can select courses that reflect your career needs and interests. Students are expected to choose a particular issue to explore improving professional practice for themselves and others.

Courses are taught in block courses, usually run in March and August each year.

Complete the following courses

And select one professional course

And select one research course

And complete a practice project

Practice as a health professional in New Zealand is governed by legislation and a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ (such as the NZ Psychologist Board, Physiotherapy Board and the Nursing Council who register practitioners). Overseas qualified health professionals who wish to practise in New Zealand should communicate directly with the relevant Responsible Authority. Qualifications recognised for professional registration at AUT are undergraduate; study at postgraduate level is not considered equivalent recognition for NZ Board certification.

Key features
  • Focuses on violence and trauma in homes and communities as well as in nations
  • Open to both experienced professionals and recently graduated undergraduate students
  • Close links to the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research
  • Can be tailored to your needs and interests
  • Includes a practice project in an area of your interest

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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