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 titleGradCertHlthServMt
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-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 is not available to international student visa holders
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 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, targets professionals working within the health care sector who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the management of health services. It provides core competencies in health services management, including leadership, human resource and financial management of health services.


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:

  • apply a detailed understanding of the principles of financial and resource management to a health care context
  • understand the difference between leadership and management
  • critically appraise the interface between health care management theory and practice
  • develop skills in the analysis of management problems and problem solving techniques
  • demonstrate the interpersonal, communication and team leadership skills appropriate for senior health care managers
  • demonstrate skills in literature review, report writing, oral presentations, verbal and visual communications
  • demonstrate knowledge and develop skills in two areas of interest.


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


This course consists of two core and two elective units.

Areas of study


Core units

  • MPH5266 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH5268 Financial issues in health care management

Elective units

Two of:

  • MPH5020 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • MPH5265 Law for health systems
  • MPH5267 Principles of health care quality improvement

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with 2314 Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and then 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


Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management