Deakin's MBA (Healthcare Management) is jointly run and managed by the Deakin Business School and the School of Medicine. It offers the best of both worlds - the core of Deakin's MBA program and a tailored set of health units designed to prepare you to manage and lead healthcare services in Australia and overseas.
We recognise that the efficient management and delivery of healthcare will be one of the most pressing challenges facing economies over the coming years. The program offers you the opportunity to tailor MBA studies to the particular issues and challenges associated with the healthcare sector. You will learn the very latest in business and management thinking - and have the opportunity to tailor it to healthcare settings.
To excel in a healthcare organisational environment or management role today, you need more than mere business knowledge. You need a comprehensive understanding of the policy context you work in, and skills to formulate and implement strategies that are necessary to operate efficiently and effectively.
To manage the growing challenges of the nation's health and provision of healthcare, you not only need to understand the health policy and funding context, but also the business end of healthcare delivery such as financing, marketing and economics.
This course offers an advanced combination of business insight and healthcare focus to succeed in this critical area of health service delivery.Read More
To complete the Master of Business Administration (Healthcare management), students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 8 credit points of core units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units offered by the Faculty of Health. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.
Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.
Faculty of Business and Law Core
* MBR code denotes residential version of the unit
^ Includes Start Anytime unit offering
+ MBT code denotes study tour version of the unit
Faculty of Health Core
- HME713 Clinical Governance (offered 2019)
The remaining 2 credit points may be selected from the list below:
^ Denotes compulsory residential study mode at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
In addition to attendance at structured learning activities (including classes, seminars, residentials and on-line) students are required to undertake individual and group activities and self-drivien learning. While structured activities vary between units and modes of delivery, students would normally be expected to allocate approximately 150 hours total to each unit. Some core units may require attendance at residential presentations up to 5 days duration.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
IELTS/English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students' responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.
Minimum entry requirements~:
- Bachelor degree in any discipline and 3 years relevant work experience* OR
- Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or MQP Extended) and three years relevant work experience* OR
- Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and 5 years relevant work experience* OR
- Graduate Diploma equivalent (professional pathways)
For course entry purposes, the following considerations may also be applied:
(i) Full-time, minimum 12 months clinical internships taken post-graduation by MBBS/BMBS/MBChB/BDS graduates may be considered equivalent to one year of the required 3 years’ professional work experience.
(ii) All recognised^ postgraduate medical and/or dental fellowships may be considered as relevant professional work experience (^recognised by their country’s licensing or regulatory bodies).
~ Please note: all applicants must provide the following with their application:
- current curriculum vitae
- current contact details of two referees who can be contacted concerning their work experience
- a one page brief outlining why they believe that their work experience would be valued by their MBA peers
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
As healthcare service delivery becomes complex because of changing population, disease profile and medical technology; so has the requirement for qualified healthcare managers increased. There is a pressing need for trained and skilled healthcare executives and leaders in Australia and the Asia-Pacific to lead and manage healthcare service delivery into the future. The Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) course content has been developed in consultation with industry and by academics with several years of industry experience. With the Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) qualification in hand you are well positioned to either progress in your existing healthcare management career or embark as a healthcare manager.
In addition to the world-renowned AACSB accreditation, the course has received Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). ACHSM is the peak body for Healthcare Executives in the Asia Pacific, their accreditation not only ensures quality and industry relevance, but also enhances graduate employability and networking opportunities. The accreditations and professional recognition indicate the industry’s appreciation of the quality and relevance of the program to industry needs.
The MBA (Healthcare Management) and the School of Medicine is also associated with the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE), which enables ongoing quality improvement for the course.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply advanced and integrated understanding of the complex business processes that drive healthcare systems and contribute to the development of new knowledge through use of appropriate research principles and methods.
Communicate healthcare management information and strategy to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of modes.
Identify and use appropriate digital technology tools to locate, curate and disseminate information relevant to the operation of healthcare services.
Critically analyse and evaluate complex business and organisational issues that underpin the functioning of healthcare services.
Apply problem-solving skills to conceptualise, construct and recommend solutions for complex business and management issues relevant to the provision of healthcare services.
Demonstrate advanced skills to work and learn independently and to take responsibilitiy for personal actions.
Demonstrate advanced team work skills in a wide range of organisational contexts.
Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates awareness of and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in healthcare management.
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.