Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 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.

Course code4528
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMHA
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT

Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: 1300 175 904


Course coordinator

Professor Just Stoelwinder


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2014. For details of changes, please consult the Handbook change registerHandbook change register (

The course aims to provide the academic preparation for managers in health care and public health and those that aspire to such a career. This includes managers in the broad range of health care organisations from central agencies, health insurers, non-government organisations and the various health provider organisations. It involves structured learning in the key management disciplines including policy, organisational theory, financial management, human resources management, economics and marketing, with an emphasis on health care organisations and specific health-focused domains such as epidemiology, biostatistics and managing the patient care process. The course adopts an adult learning approach, encouraging self-directed learning, independent research and enquiry, reflection from practice, and peer learning with guidance from experienced academics in their respective fields.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  • apply comparison of health systems and theories of the policy process to critically analyse their own health system and to contextualise reform initiatives
  • master and critically appraise the relevant body of health management theories, knowledge and sources of information for application in management practice in healthcare and public health
  • use epidemiological and statistical principles and tools to research and evaluate complex health management problems and innovations
  • use management, leadership and organisational theories in the practice of health care administration
  • apply the principles of financial information and control to health care administration
  • evaluate patient care safety and quality and apply techniques and tools to improve the patient care process and governance
  • demonstrate an understanding of legal principles and ethics as they apply to health care administration
  • appreciate concepts of health economics and how to apply them to understand research and evaluation of health care interventions
  • apply concepts of marketing in health care to health administration and health care
  • demonstrate capacity in synthesising at an advanced academic level and communicating ideas to health administration problems and issues
  • apply and use knowledge, together with practical understanding, of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create, develop and interpret knowledge in health care and health administration.


Assessment includes web-based tasks, written exercises, assignments and examinations.

Professional recognition

This degree is accredited by The Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).


This course consists of twelve core units.


All students must complete:

  • ACF5268 Accounting for healthcare managers
  • ECC5979 Health economics
  • MGF5963 Introduction to management
  • MKF5505 Marketing for healthcare managers
  • MPH5301 Health systems and policy
  • MPH5302 Biostatistics: Concepts and applications
  • MPH5304 Leading and managing in public health and health care
  • MPH5305 Epidemiology: Concepts and applications
  • MPH5307 Introduction to health law principles
  • MPH5308 Developing health systems
  • MPH5306 Evaluation in public health or MPH5311 Safety and quality in health care*
  • MPH5312 Advances in managing patient care processes

* Students who are working towards the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrator's Fellowship must complete MPH5306; all other students must complete MPH5311.

Areas of study

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 2870 Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management
  • 2314 Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management


Master of Health Administration