Violence and Trauma Studies - Master of Health Practice

Study the AUT Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies and explore different approaches to reduce violence in our communities and assist with healing from trauma.

The Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies offers training for health professionals to help reduce damaging behaviour in our communities. It's designed 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 agencies, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, peace workers, nurses, Civil Defence, ethnic health workers, and health promoters. It's also suitable for those working with trauma victims and in anger management, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, disability, prison, refugee, and children’s programmes.


This is part of the Master of Health Practice.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

This programme brochure will be available soon.

You need a total of 180 points to complete the Master of Health Practice. The programme builds your awareness and skills for working in your chosen area and solving problems of behaviour that reduces life potential.

You can select papers that reflect your career needs and interests. Students are expected to choose a particular issue to explore improving professional practice for themselves and others.

Papers are taught in two block courses, usually run in March and August each year:

  • March - COMH801 and COMH803
  • August - COMH801, COMH802 and COMH804

Complete the following papers

And select one professional paper

And select one research paper

And complete the following papers

And complete a practice project

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.