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 titleMHlthServMt
CRICOS code038564F
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 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.
  • + International students - this course is only available in on-campus mode + 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 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.


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
  • 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.


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


This course comprises eight core units and three elective units


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
  • MPH2073 Case study in health services management

Elective units

Three of:

  • any postgraduate unit offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • MPH2085 Human factors for patient safety
  • MPH2086 Applying and practicing the principles of patient safety and quality improvement
  • 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

Alternative exit(s)

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


Master of Health Services Management