Master of Health and Human Services Management



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.



2 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

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

Trimester 2

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


Trimester 3

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


Key information

Award granted

Master of Health and Human Services Management


2017 course information

Tuition fee rate

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Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Entry requirements

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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree.  Applicants must provide a written statement outlining reasons for undertaking the course. Involvement in professional activities related to health promotion and/or health industry experience would be advantageous.

International students must also meet the English language requirements.

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 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 below).

Core units

This course is offered to students commencing in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to the H746 Master of Health and Human Services Management course entry.

Core units

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health HSH701
  • 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
  • Financial Interpretation MPA702
  • Marketing Management MPK732
  • Business Process Management MPM701
  • Human Resource Management MPM722
  • Electives

    Option A: Public Health specialisation

  • Minor Project A HSH731
  • Minor Project B HSH732
  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • Comparative Health Systems HSH769
  • Plus one credit point from:

  • Health Promotion HSH703
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment HSH709
  • Health Equity and Human Rights HSH728
  • Option B: Health Economics specialisation

  • Minor Project A HSH731
  • Minor Project B HSH732
  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis HSH766
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • Plus

    EITHER two credit points from:

  • Financing Health Care HSH763
  • Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice HSH764
  • Health Economics in an International Context HSH768
  • Comparative Health Systems HSH769
  • OR both the following:

  • Biostatistics 1 HSH746
  • 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 credit point from:

  • Business Practicum MWL702
  • Team Internship MWL703
  • Work Based Learning MWL704
  • Plus two credit points from:

  • Financing Health Care HSH763
  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis HSH766
  • People Management MPM721
  • Business Communication for Managers MPM731
  • Option D:  Business Administration specialisation with Practicum *

  • Business Strategy and Analysis MPM703
  • Business Communication for Managers MPM731
  • Critical Thinking for Managers MPM732
  • Work Based Learning MWL704
  • Plus two credit points from:

  • Organisational Development and Change MMH707
  • Employment Relations for Organisational Effectiveness MMH709
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • People Management MPM721
  • *Students choosing this option must obtain approval from the Course Director

    Other combinations of elective units within the specialisation options are possible with the approval of the Course Director

    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 how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Course pathways

    Am I eligible to receive 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


     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.

    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

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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