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.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 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.
Admission and fees
Master by coursework
4 years PT
Part time study only.
You have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Online (Monash Online)
This course is taught online.
Master of Health Administration
Graduate Certificate in Health Administration
Graduate Diploma in Health Administration
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
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.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- apply comparison of health systems and theories of the policy process to critically analyse your 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.
This degree is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).
The course is structured in 12 units.
You will gain knowledge and skills in a broad range of areas that are relevant to management work in general health care administration and public health.
You will develop an understanding of the management within health care and public health organisations, basic accounting principles, use of economic tools, marketing, national health systems and health policy theory and development, biostatistics as applied to public health and management studies, key concepts of epidemiology, legal principles related to health care, health systems and health sector reforms, quantitative and qualitative research methods used in public health and improving the quality of care and patient safety.
You have the option to work towards the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrator's Fellowship, as the course is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).
The course comprises 72 points. All students complete all units.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
You must complete:
- Accounting for healthcare managers
- Health economics
- Marketing for healthcare managers
- Health systems and policy
- Biostatistics: Concepts and applications
- Leading and managing in public health and health care
- Epidemiology: Concepts and applications
- Introduction to health law principles
- Developing health systems
- Evaluation in public health or Safety and quality in health care*
- Advances in managing patient care processes
- Introduction to management
* If you are working towards the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrator's Fellowship you must complete; all other students must complete .
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in the master's course:
- Graduate Certificate in Health Administration after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
- Graduate Diploma in Health Administration after successful completion of 48 points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.