Health and Social Wellbeing


Study Online

A blended approach to study enables online flexibility within our structured Digital Intensive Classroom.


Study at your own pace

Options include up to 36 months part-time and as quick as 18 months full-time. 


FEE-HELP Available

As of 2021/2022, there is $106,319 in FEE-HELP available for students. No loan fees or application fees apply to postgraduate students.

Unlike traditional health degrees, Nan Tien’s Health and Social Wellbeing courses focus on mindful and compassionate care, and on ‘caring for the carer’. These courses facilitate the deep personal and professional transformation of individuals and communities, empowering graduates to offer service in a way that is skillful, sustainable, and responsive. 

Over the last five years, Nan Tien’s Health and Social Wellbeing program has been at the leading edge of combining science and the wisdom traditions, providing graduates with the skills to radically transform suffering on a personal, societal and global level. 

Informed by the latest science on resilience, self-awareness and wellbeing, our teaching staff include psychiatrists, medical specialists, senior nurse practitioners and therapists at the forefront of their field. Such experts share knowledge arising out of decades of personal experience in applying the insights of the contemplative traditions within healthcare settings.

Buddhism has recently gained scientific recognition in the West as an ancient tradition that has the potential to equip individuals with techniques, practices, and ways of thinking and being that promote greater resilience, creativity, and the capacity to tend to suffer sustainably. 

At the same time, a contemporary paradigm shift has emerged in the health and wellness movement that places compassion for self and others at the centre of caring for others and the world. The HSW courses draw on both of these trends, providing graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the ways compassion and mindfulness are currently being conceptualised and applied in health. They also provide the experiential training needed to foster a strong and life-long practice in self-compassion, self-reflection, and mindfulness.



Graduates of these courses will be empowered to

  • facilitate mindfulness and wellbeing initiatives in the workplace;
  • provide individual guidance to those seeking wellbeing advice;
  • carry out small-scale research projects on wellbeing;
  • offer compassionate and skilful care to clients, service users and the community;
  • become a leader in compassionate and mindful healthcare and integrate this knowledge into healthcare on a systemic level;
  • contribute to a vision of social change and wellbeing in a changing world;
  • undertake a radical journey of personal and professional development and growth.   

Specific areas of Focus

  • The science of compassion and mindfulness and its application in health and social policy contexts;
  • “Caring for the carer”: how individuals in the health and caring professions can take care of themselves and thrive as they serve others;
  • The building of personal and community capacity for acceptance, flexibility, creativity and resilience;
  • The therapeutic potential of mindfulness, compassion and ethical healthcare practice;
  • The use of creativity and art practice as a form of self-compassion and care;
  • Positive and contemplative approaches to health and wellness.

Master of Arts

(Health and Social Wellbeing)

Graduate Diploma

(Health and Social Wellbeing)

Graduate Certificate

(Health and Social Wellbeing)


Offering a high degree of flexibility, our online courses can be studied full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.