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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipHlthServMt
CRICOS code037848B
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Professor Just Stoelwinder


  • Students are required to complete compulsory block requirements each semester.


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.


On completion of the course, graduates should be able to demonstrate a detailed understanding of:

  • principles of financial, resource and information management in clinical health care systems
  • medico-legal issues in clinical health services management
  • basic elements of health care systems
  • health care quality assurance and quality improvement
  • factors which influence the design and implementation of health programs
  • epidemiological and statistical skills necessary for the understanding of evidenced based medicine, quality improvement and health program evaluations.

Students should also be familiar with research initiatives in clinical health policy and clinical health policy and clinical health services planning, and have skills in:

  • working in a team and team leadership
  • literature review, report writing, oral presentations, verbal and visual communications and the basic use of computers
  • analysis of the economic, political, cultural, ethical, industrial, technological and psycho-social determinants of clinical health care systems and their relationship to health policy initiatives.


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


The course consists of 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

One of:

  • CPE7603 Contemporary issues in health informatics
  • DEPM postgraduate units
  • ECX9700 Introduction to Health Economics
  • GHS9850 Nursing practice and management
  • MPH2085 Human factors for patient safety
  • MPH2086 Applying and practicing the principles of patient safety and quality improvement
  • NUR9201 Case management and care integration
  • NUR9215 Advanced nursing practice in context

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with the Master of Health Services Management or can lead to the Master of Public Health.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management providing all requirements of that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management