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Master of Health Services Management

Course code: 2872 ~ Course abbreviation: MHlthServMt ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 3 semesters full-time, 6 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 professionals currently in, or seeking to be in, middle and senior health care management positions who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the management of health services. It caters for the special needs of medical and general hospital administrators, clinical doctors, quality assurance managers, team leaders, senior nursing administrators, unit managers and a range of general task coordinators within the health care system. Students are required to complete compulsory block requirements each semester.

Course objectives

On completion of this course, graduates should be able to: apply the principles of financial and information management to a health care; appreciate the economic and political influences and their relationships to health policy; analyse the basic elements of health care systems and compare recent health care reforms; critically appraise the interface between health care management theory and practice; develop the epidemiological and statistical skills necessary for Evidence-Based Medicine, quality improvement and program evaluations; use international comparisons of health care systems and recent reforms to analyse the various models of funding, delivering, co-coordinating and developing health care systems; demonstrate an understanding of medico-legal issues and business law as applied to the management of health services, Understand and develop skills in health care quality measurement, quality assurance, and quality improvement; analyse complex work place management problems and appropriate problem solving techniques; and demonstrate interpersonal, communication and leadership skills appropriate for health care managers, skills in literature review, report writing, oral presentations, verbal and visual communications and the basic use of spreadsheet, data-base, statistical and word-processing computer software and develop skills in a number of areas of special interest as defined in the specific objectives of individual elective units.

Course structure

This program is comprised of eight core units and three elective units.

Course requirements

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
  • MPH2073 Case study in health services management

Elective units

  • ECX9700 Introduction to health economics
  • two electives (selected from DEPM postgraduate units)

Alternate 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