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Master of Health and Human Services Management

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Health and Human Services Management
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$22,220* - 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 H746

Course structure for students who commenced in 2012 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2012 must follow the course structure applicable to their year of commencement and should discuss unit selections with their enrolment officer. Refer to course entry in the 2011 online handbook.

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, health promotion, 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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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 http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/fees/

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 2014, 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 2014 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.

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Course rules

The course comprises of 12 credit points including eight core units (8 credit points) and four elective units (4 credit points).

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Course structure

Core units

HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

HSH717 Health Economics 1  

HSH719 Economic Evaluation 1  

MPA702 Financial Interpretation  

MPK732 Marketing Management  

MPM701 Business Process Management  

MPM722 Human Resource Management  


Elective units

You may choose to complete the 4 credit points of elective units according to one of the three options outlined below. To add flexibility and diversity to your studies, you may choose to undertake your elective units in management and public health, or select elective units of study from approved postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to availability and approval from the course coordinator).

Option A – Minor research project
This option requires the completion of a minor research project and two elective units which you may choose from the Master of Public Health or the Master of Business Administration (see Option C below). If you undertake your two elective units from the Master of Public Health, this option will provide you with the opportunity to obtain a Master of Public Health in addition to a Master of Health and Human Services Management, by undertaking an additional 4 credit points of study to cover the remaining core and appropriate selective/elective units from the Master of Public Health.  

HSH731 Minor Project A  

HSH732 Minor Project B  

plus two electives from the MPH or MBA elective streams

Option B - Major research project

This option requires the completion of a major research project. If you undertake your research project in a topic area relevant to public health, this option will provide you with the opportunity to obtain a Master of Public Health in addition to a Master of Health and Human Services Management, by undertaking an additional 4 credit points of study to cover the remaining core and appropriate selective/elective units from the Master of Public Health.


HSH733 Major Project A  

HSH734 Major Project B  


Option C elective units from the elective unit listed
Students who wish to undertake the second Master option, please note that:

  • for the Master of Business Administration as a second Master, choose four units from the MBA elective list and also ensure that core unit requirements are met.
  • For the Master of Public Health as a second Master, choose four units from the Health elective list and also ensure that core unit requirements are met.
  • For the Master of Health Promotion as a second Master, choose four units from the Health elective list and also ensure that core unit requirements are met as far as possible.

Health elective list

HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine  *

HSH703 Health Promotion  

HSH704 Health Communication  

HSH705 Needs Assessment and Health Program Planning  

HSH706 Social Epidemiology  

HSH707 Social and Cultural Influences On Population Health  

HSH709 Health and Social Impact Assessment  

HSH715 Qualitative Health Research  

HSH724 Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities  

HSH725 Research Literacy for Health Practice  

HSH728 Health Equity and Human Rights  

HSH736 Community Consultation and Participation  

HSH739 International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning  

HSH740 People, Health and Planning  

HSH744 Epidemiology 1  

HSH745 Health Program Evaluation  

HSH746 Biostatistics 1  

HSH760 International Perspectives in Health and Social Development  

HSN701 Principles of Nutrition  

HSN702 Lifespan Nutrition  

HSN705 Public Health Nutrition  

HSN706 Food Policy and Public Health  

HSN713 Food, Nutrition and Behaviour  

HSN734 Obesity Prevention  


Master of Business Administration (MBA) elective list

MPA711 Corporate Governance and Ethics  

MPA751 Financial Reporting and Analysis  

MPE781 Economics for Managers  

MPF753 Finance  

MPM703 Business Strategy and Analysis  ^

MPM706 Strategic Management  

MPM721 Organisational Behaviour  

MPM735 International Business Management  


*HMF701 includes a 5 day intensive seminar held in February

^This unit should be completed by those interested in the Master of Business Administration (International)

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The Master of Health and Human Services Management is constructed to provide you with the opportunity to gain a second masters degree with only one additional trimester of full-time study. You may choose to combine the Master of Health and Human Services Management with the Master of Health Promotion or Master of Public Health. Enrolment in a second masters degree is subject to application and selection. To take advantage of this opportunity, eligible students are advised to speak to the course director regarding how to structure their course to ensure the appropriate subjects are chosen early and allow this option to develop.


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.

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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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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