Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: 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.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of principles of financial, resource and information management in clinical health care systems
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of medico-legal issues in clinical health services management
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of basic elements of health care systems
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of health care quality assurance and quality improvement
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of factors which influence the design and implementation of health programs
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of epidemiological and statistical skills necessary for the understanding of evidenced based medicine, quality improvement and health program evaluations
  • be familiar with research initiatives in clinical health policy and clinical health policy and clinical health services planning
  • demonstrate skills in working in a team and team leadership
  • demonstrate skills in literature review, report writing, oral presentations, verbal and visual communications and the basic use of computers
  • demonstrate skills in 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 consists of seven core units and one elective.

Areas of study


Core units

  • MPH5020 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • MPH5265 Law for health systems
  • MPH5266 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH5267 Principles of health care quality improvement
  • MPH5268 Financial issues in health care management
  • MPH5269 Foundations of health policy
  • MPH5272 Reform and development of health services

Elective units

One of:

  • ECC5970 Introduction to health economics
  • GHS5850 Nursing leadership and management
  • MPH5042 Climate change and public health
  • MPH5285 Human factors for patient safety
  • MPH5286 Applying and practicing the principles of patient safety and quality improvement
  • NUR5211 Case management in health care
  • NUR5315 Advanced nursing practice in context
  • any postgraduate unit offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Suitable units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook; postgraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 4-5 and 9.

Progression to further studies

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

Students undertaking this course and wanting progress into 2872 Master of Health Services Management to satisfy the requirements for The Royal Australasian Medical, Administrator's (RACMA) registration need to complete the following units:

  • MPH5040 Introductory Epidemiology
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with 3870 Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management