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Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management

Course code: 2314 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipHlthServMt ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 semesters full-time, 4 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus - for international students (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne)

Off-campus - for domestic students (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne)

Course description

This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, provides a broad framework from which to manage clinical health care systems by attention to human resource, financial, information, medico-legal, political, cultural, economic, ethical, industrial, technological and psychosocial issues. This course articulates with the Master of Health Services Management or can lead to the Master of Public Health. Students are required to complete compulsory block requirements each semester.

Course objectives

On completion of the course, graduates should be able to demonstrate a detailed understanding of: the principles of financial, resource and information management in clinical health care systems; the medico-legal issues in clinical health services management; the basic elements of health care systems; health care quality assurance and quality improvement; the factors which influence the design and implementation of health programs; the epidemiological and statistical skills necessary for the understanding of evidenced based medicine, quality improvement and health program evaluations; a familiarity with research initiatives in clinical health policy and clinical health policy and clinical health services planning; skills in working in a team and team leadership; in literature review, report writing, oral presentations, verbal and visual communications and the basic use of computers; and to analyze the economic, political, cultural, ethical, industrial, technological and psycho-social determinants of clinical health care systems and their relationship to health policy initiatives.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete seven core units and one elective.

Core units

  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • MPH2065 Law for health systems
  • MPH2066 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH2067 Principles of health care quality improvement
  • MPH2068 Financial issues in health care management
  • MPH2069 Health systems policy
  • MPH2072 Reform and development of health services

Elective units

  • ECX9700 Introduction to Health Economics
  • One elective (selected from DEPM postgraduate units)

Alternative elective units

  • CPE7603 Contemporary issues in health informatics
  • GHS9850 Nursing practice and management
  • NUR9201 Case management and care integration
  • NUR9215 Advanced nursing practice in context


Assessment includes web-based tasks, written assignments, examinations, and individual and group presentations.

Contact details

Postgraduate office: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Just Stoelwinder