Master of Organisational Health Psychology

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Why study a Master of Organisational Health Psychology at JCU?

JCU's unique Master of Organisation Health Psychology course is designed to produce graduates with an extended and integrated understanding of both Psychology and Exercise Science. It combines the professional fields of organisational, health and exercise psychology to prepare graduates for a range of roles in the contemporary workplace, focusing on mental and physical health of employees. To conclude your studies you will apply these skills to an authentic research project in a relevant workplace setting.

The course is presented externally in blended mode, with a brief on-campus component. It comprises one and a half years of study, mostly external, with a short residential component on the Cairns Campus. It is available part-time.

Start dates
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

JCU's Master of Organisational Health Psychology graduates will have the ability to apply their knowledge in a range of roles, particularly human resource related, in contemporary organisations, including those in regional/remote tropical locations. The course will appeal to recent graduates of Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Exercise Science as well as those with years of industry experience who wish to forge a distinctive career leading holistic workplace health initiatives or as a pathway for further learning. Graduates will be particularly well-placed for employment in the resources sector such as mining, which relies on a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforce, but also generally across the board of private, consulting, government, and educational organisations where the combined mental and physical wellbeing of the workforce is increasingly understood to impact on productivity.

Course highlights

JCU's Master of Organisational Health Psychology is the only postgraduate course available in Australia that integrates the lenses of exercise behaviour and physical health into organisational psychology. Building on an advanced body of knowledge in both Psychology and Exercise Science, you will explore such concepts as:

  • Corporate and individual wellness interventions and initiatives,
  • The impact of unhealthy workplaces,
  • Individual and organisational behaviours,
  • Managing workplace diversity, and
  • Leadership.

Course overview

JCU's Master of Organisational Health Psychology studies make extensive use of blended and online learning delivery. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to develop, conduct and present a work-based initiative as your major research project. This is a capstone experience where you independently undertake, evaluate and present the findings of a workplace-based project. The project involves the development of an evidence-based work-based initiative and is presented in a professional written report (thesis) and oral presentation.

There will be practical content delivered on the Cairns campus as a 4-day block in subject HS4901, with access to the JCU Sport and Exercise Science laboratory and associated specialist health and fitness measurement and training equipment.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

What is a Master of Organisational Health Psychology?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.