Postgraduate coursework

Master of Health and Human Services Management

Refine your leadership skills while expanding your knowledge in a postgrad Master of Health and Human Services course.

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Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

This course sets you on track for the next step in your health career toward management and leadership.

Learn to make evidence-based decisions that focus on improving the quality of health service delivery – a sector that has seen strong growth in recent years.

Deakin’s Master of Health and Human Services Management focuses on business and management issues within health, making it the most relevant business administration course for the health sector.

This course is particularly well suited to those interested in working in the health and human services sector as well as those who currently hold senior positions in the industry.

You will develop core skills required for leadership and strategic planning, health needs assessment and evaluation, program planning and monitoring, resource and project management, communication and negotiation.

This course offers enormous flexibility, allowing you to choose elective study options that align with your career aspirations and interest areas. Elective units can be chosen from specialty areas such as health economics, public health research and business administration.

There is also flexibility of choice between research and coursework, enabling you to construct a study program that best meets your interests and career aspirations.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Health and Human Services Management students must attain 16 credit points. All units are equal to 1 credit point.

The course comprises 10 core units (these are compulsory) and 6 elective units (you can choose which ones to study from the options in the course structure).

Core units

This course structure applies to students commencing in 2018. Students that commenced in 2015, 2016 or 2017 should refer to previous handbooks. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to the H746 Master of Health and Human Services Management course entry.

  • Introduction to Health Informatics Management HME704
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies HSH702
  • Health Economics 1 HSH717
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice HSH725
  • Resource Allocation and Priority Setting HSH762
  • Health Law and Ethics HME711
  • Financial Interpretation MPA702
  • Business Process Management MPM701
  • Human Resource Management MPM722
  • Electives

    The MHHSM has three specialisations: Public health, Health Economics and Business Administration plus a Research Pathway.  Students must choose one of the following four options

    Option A: Public Health specialisation

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health HSH701
  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • Comparative Health Systems HSH769
  • Plus two units from:

  • Healthcare Operations HME712
  • Health Promotion HSH703
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709
  • Health Equity and Human Rights HSH728
  • Minor Project A HSH731 -must be taken as a pair with HSH732
  • Minor Project B HSH732 - must be taken as a pair with HSH731
  • Option B: Health Economics specialisation

  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis HSH766
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • Plus three units from:

  • Healthcare Operations HME712
  • Financing Health Care HSH763
  • Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice HSH764
  • Health Economics in a Global Context HSH768
  • Comparative Health Systems HSH769
  • Health Technology Assessment 1 HSH761
  • Option C: Business Administration specialisation

  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • Business Strategy and Analysis MPM703
  • Critical Thinking for Managers MPM732
  • Plus one unit from:

  • Business Internship Experience MWL701
  • Business Practicum MWL702
  • Team Internship MWL703
  • Work Based Learning MWL704
  • Plus two units from:

  • Healthcare Operations HME712
  • Financing Health Care HSH763
  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis HSH766
  • Marketing Management MPK732
  • Business Communication for Managers MPM731
  • Option D: Research specialisation*

  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • Major Project A HSH733
  • Major Project B HSH734
  • Students choosing this option must obtain approval from the course director

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Health and Human Services Management
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    H756
    CRICOS code
    056060C
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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 Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    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.

    Workload

    In the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline

    OR

    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $24,384 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    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.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of this course you will be well prepared for management and leadership roles in public health, hospitals, welfare organisations, health services and the broader human health services sector, including government departments, health services and networks, local government and major health, welfare and human service delivery organisations. Recent graduates have gone on to work in international agencies with a presence in public health, divisions of general practice, health administration departments, hospitals and associated networks.

    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 a critical and advanced knowledge in the area of Health and Human Services Management including research and current professional practices in the areas of:

    • leadership and strategic planning,
    • evidence-based decision making,
    • health needs assessment and evaluation,
    • program planning and monitoring,
    • resource and project management,
    • communication and negotiation.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively with a range of individuals and groups, using a variety of modes and methods in a Health and Human Service context.

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use digital technologies to locate, evaluate and disseminate research to address complex health and human service management issues.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate and synthesise complex information, problems, ideas, concepts and theories within a health and human services context.

    Problem Solving

    Apply creative strategies to address complex and ill-defined health and human services management problems.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate critically reflective self-management with relevant workloads, commitments and timeframes while displaying a commitment to ethical health and human services management practice and lifelong learning.

    Teamwork

    Interact collaboratively and constructively with a diverse range of people across multiple teams and contexts to achieve targeted health and human services management outcomes.

    Global Citizenship

    Demonstrate a critical awareness and sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, religious, social and political issues in health and human service management contexts. 

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor in the same discipline or major sequence in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points). If you have a Bachelor (Honours), in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units, which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points). If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent. If you have a Masters degree in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 10 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

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    A ‘same discipline’ award for this course can be in management, health economics or public health, a ‘related discipline’ award for this course is health sciences, business administration or other related field.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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