Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Professor Just Stoelwinder


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site study blocks 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.


This course comprises 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 Foundations of health policy
  • MPH2072 Reform and development of health services

Elective units

One of:

  • MPH2085 Human factors for patient safety
  • MPH2086 Applying and practicing the principles of patient safety and quality improvement
  • any postgraduate unit offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • MPH5042 Climate change and public health
  • ECX9700 Introduction to health economics
  • GHS5850 Nursing practice and management
  • NUR5211 Case management in health care
  • NUR5315 Advanced nursing practice in context

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with the Master of Health Services Management 2872 or can lead to the Master of Public Health 0046.

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