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Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management

Course code: 2870 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertHlthServMt ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 2 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne - P/T only)

Course description

This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, targets professionals working within the health care sector who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the management of health services. It provides core competencies in health services management, including leadership, human resource and financial management of health services, and articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and then the Master of Health Services Management or can lead to the Master of Public Health. Students will be required to complete compulsory block requirements each semester.

Course objectives

On completion of this course, graduates should be able to: apply a detailed understanding of the principles of financial and resource management to a health care context; understand the difference between leadership and management; critically appraise the interface between health care management theory practice; develop skills in the analysis of management problems and problem solving techniques; demonstrate the interpersonal, communication and team leadership skills appropriate for senior health care managers; demonstrate skills in literature review, report writing, oral presentations, verbal and visual communications; and demonstrate knowledge and develop skills in two areas of interest.

Course structure

Students are required complete two core and two elective units.

Course requirements

Core units

  • MPH2066 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH2068 Financial issues in health care management

Elective units

  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • MPH2065 Law for health systems
  • MPH2067 Principles of health care quality improvement


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