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Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Management

Postgraduate coursework

Develop the essential skills required to manage and lead healthcare services in Australia and overseas. On completion, you may pursue a master degree.

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Course overview

Develop the essential skills and capabilities required to manage and lead healthcare services in Australia and overseas with Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Management. Jointly run and managed by the Deakin Business School and the School of Medicine, this course aims to develop business acumen in healthcare practitioners.

Are you a healthcare practitioner looking to build your management expertise?

If you are a physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, allied health professional or healthcare manager facing increasing management responsibilities or seeking to advance into a more management-focused role, this course will particularly benefit you.

Keeping your options open for further study? This course is a pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management).

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Management
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
M543
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Management, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 2 credit points of core units, 2 credit points of course elective units from a specified list, plus completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module.

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Core units

  • Strategy and Value Creation ^
  • Healthcare Operations #
  • ^MBR code denotes residential version of the unit

    As an alternative to HME712, students can complete the following two stackable short courses in a flexible study mode: 
    HMC701-OD Patient Flow Management
    HMC702-OD Patient journey and System Design 

    Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course elective units

    2 credit points of specified elective units, comprised of:

  • The Deakin Advantage: Leadership and Professional Development
  • The Economic Environment *
  • Marketing, Consumers, and the Marketplace *^
  • Leading People in Organisations ^
  • Fundamentals of Digital Health
  • Healthcare Financing
  • Health Law and Ethics
  • Clinical Governance
  • or

    0.5 cp Microcredential/Masterclass units offered by Deakin University (max 2)

    ^MBR code denotes residential version of the unit

    *MBT code denotes study tour version of the unit

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, 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.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline and at least three years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)*
    • at least five years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)#

    *Definition of minimum work experience:

    • three years' relevant work experience and must include at least two years' (full-time equivalent) in a managerial or professional role with responsibilities for decision-making in a range of areas including budgetary oversight, staffing and management, involvement in strategy and planning development and operational implementation

    #Definition of minimum work experience:

    • Five years' relevant work experience and must include at least three years' (full-time equivalent) in a managerial or professional role with responsibilities for decision-making in a range of areas including budgetary oversight, staffing and management, involvement in strategy and planning development and operational implementation

    The following considerations may also be applied:

    • 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.
    • 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)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway into: Graduate Diploma of Business Administration [M601], Master of Business Administration (MBA) [M701] or Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management) [M703].

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Management has been developed to fill a gap in Australia and the Asia-Pacific for qualified professionals with skills and knowledge to lead and manage healthcare service delivery.

    This course will benefit:

    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Nurse practitioners
    • Allied health professionals
    • Healthcare managers.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide

    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 Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate an understanding of how contemporary business processes impact and drive the management of healthcare systems

    Communication Articulate complex business situations and challenges facing healthcare services and communicate insights and recommendations in addressing these
    Digital literacy

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award

    Critical thinking Critically analyse and evaluate complex business and organisational issues that underpin the functioning of healthcare services
    Problem solving

    Apply problem-solving skills to analyse, develop and recommend solutions for complex business and management issues relevant to the provision of healthcare services

    Self-management

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award

    Teamwork

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award

    Global citizenship

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award