M5007 - Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management - 2017

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Admission and fees


Course type

Graduate diploma

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Alfred Hospital)

Multi-modal (Alfred Hospital)


Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management

Alternative exit

Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


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 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

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

  1. demonstrate a detailed understanding of principles of financial, resource and information management in clinical health care systems
  2. demonstrate a detailed understanding of medico-legal issues in clinical health services management
  3. demonstrate a detailed understanding of basic elements of health care systems
  4. demonstrate a detailed understanding of health care quality assurance and quality improvement
  5. demonstrate a detailed understanding of factors which influence the design and implementation of health programs
  6. demonstrate a detailed understanding of epidemiological and statistical skills necessary for the understanding of evidenced based medicine, quality improvement and health program evaluations
  7. be familiar with research initiatives in clinical health policy and clinical health policy and clinical health services planning
  8. demonstrate skills in working in a team and team leadership
  9. demonstrate skills in literature review, report writing, oral presentations, verbal and visual communications and the basic use of computers
  10. 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.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Executives for entry and advancement purposes.


The course comprises 48 points structured into eight units.

Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.


The course comprises 48 points. All students complete seven core units and one elective unit.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-m5007.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Students complete a. and b. below.

a. Students complete:

  • 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

b. Students complete one of:

  • ECC5970 Introduction to health economics
  • MPH5042 Climate change and public health
  • MPH5285 Human factors for patient safety
  • MPH5286 Applying and practicing the principles of patient safety and quality improvement
  • any 6-point postgraduate unit offered by the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, except MPH5301-MPH5313 and EPM5001-5015. Suitable units can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool in the current edition of the Handbook; postgraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 4, 5 and 9.

Alternative exits

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following award, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.