Master of Health and Human Services Management

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Health and Human Services Management
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$22,730* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code056060C
Deakin course code H756

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Health and Human Services Management will prepare you to be an effective manager and leader and 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 this industry.

The course will provide students with opportunities to develop core competencies required for leadership and strategic planning, evidence-based decision making, health needs assessment and evaluation, program planning and monitoring, resource and project management, communication and negotiation.

The course focuses on evidence based decision making and health service delivery outcomes and allows 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

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 rules

The course comprises of 16 credit points including ten core units (10 credit points) and six elective units (6 credit points).

Course structure

Core units

HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

HSH762Resource Allocation and Priority Setting

MPA702Financial Interpretation

MPK732Marketing Management

MPM701Business Process Management

MPM722Human Resource Management


Option A: Public Health specialisation

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH746Biostatistics 1

HSH769Comparative Health Systems

HSH731Minor Project A

HSH732Minor Project B

plus one credit point from:

HSH703Health Promotion

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment

HSH728Health Equity and Human Rights


Option B: Health Economics specialisation 

HSH766Economics and Health Policy Analysis

HSH761Health Technology Assessment 1

HSH731Minor Project A

HSH732Minor Project B

MPE781Economics for Managers

plus one credit point from:

HSH763Financing Health Care

HSH764Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice

HSH768Health Economics in an International Context


Option C: Business Administration specialisation

MPE781Economics for Managers

MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis

MPM732Critical Thinking for Managers

plus one credit point from:

MPI700Postgraduate Internship

MPI702Applied Business Project

plus two credit points from:

HSH763Financing Health Care

HSH766Economics and Health Policy Analysis

MPM721Organisational Behaviour

MPM731Business Communication for Managers


Option D: Business Administration specialisation with Practicum *

MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis

MPM731Business Communication for Managers

MPM732Critical Thinking for Managers

MPI701Business Practicum

plus one credit point from:

MMH707Managing Transitions and Change

MMH709Employment Relations for Organisational Effectiveness

MPE781Economics for Managers

MPM721Organisational Behaviour

*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

Entry requirements - general

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.

Entry requirements - specific

The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. Applicants must provide a written statement outlining reasons for undertaking the course and demonstrated involvement in professional activities related to public health and/or health industry experience.  
International students must also meet the English language requirements.


Career opportunities for graduates of the Master of Health and Human Services Management exist in hospitals and health services, welfare organisations, government departments and agencies and non-government organisations. Employment opportunities exist locally and overseas.

The course is designed within an international context

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.