Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management)

Postgraduate coursework

The Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management) is suited to those seeking a career in senior management in health service delivery.

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Course information

Deakin's MBA (Healthcare Management) is jointly run and managed by the Deakin Business School and the School of Medicine.  It offers the best of both worlds - the core of Deakin's MBA program and a tailored set of health units designed to prepare you to manage and lead healthcare services in Australia and overseas.

We recognise that the efficient management and delivery of healthcare will be one of the most pressing challenges facing economies over the coming years.  The program offers you the opportunity to tailor MBA studies to the particular issues and challenges associated with the healthcare sector.  You will learn the very latest in business and management thinking - and have the opportunity to tailor it to healthcare settings.

To excel in a healthcare organisational environment or management role today, you need more than mere business knowledge.  You need a comprehensive understanding of the policy context you work in, and skills to formulate and implement strategies that are necessary to operate efficiently and effectively.

To manage the growing challenges of the nation's health and provision of healthcare, you not only need to understand the health policy and funding context, but also the business end of healthcare delivery such as financing, marketing and economics.

This course offers an advanced combination of business insight and healthcare focus to succeed in this critical area of health service delivery.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Business Administration (Healthcare management), students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 8 credit points of core units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units offered by the Faculty of Health, plus completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0 -credit point compulsory unit). Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Students must also complete three 0 credit point units.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.

14

Core units

2

Elective units

16

Total units

Core units

Zero Credit Point Pre-Term units:

  • MBA071
  • MBA072
  • MBA073
  • Faculty of Business and Law Core

  • Academic Integrity MAI010 (0 credit points)
  • The Deakin Advantage: Leadership and Professional Development MBA700
  • MBR701/MBA701Strategy and Value Creation
  • MBR702/MBA702Financial Decision Making
  • The Economic Environment MBA703
  • MBR704/MBA704Marketing, Positioning and Consumers
  • Business Processes and Technology MBA705
  • MBR706/MBA706Leading People in Organisations
  • The Deakin Advantage: Capstone MBA707
  • MBR denotes Residential version of unit.

    Faculty of Health Core

  • Fundamentals of Health Informatics HME704
  • Health Law and Ethics HME711
  • Healthcare Operations HME712
  • Clinical Governance HME713
  • Comparative Health Systems HSH769
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice HSH725
  • Elective units

    The remaining 2 credit points may be selected from the list below:

  • Health Management Practicum HME710
  • Economic Evaluation 1 HSH719
  • Epidemiology 1 HSH744
  • Resource Allocation and Priority Setting HSH762
  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis HSH766
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management)
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    M703
    CRICOS code?
    093045F
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications 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 (online)

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 3 - November

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

    Additional course information

    Mandatory student checks
    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Course duration - additional information
    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

    In addition to attendance at structured learning activities (including classes, seminars, residentials and on-line) students are required to undertake individual and group activities and self-driven learning.  While structured activities vary between units and modes of delivery, students would normally be expected to allocate approximately 150 hours total to each unit.  Some core units may require attendance at residential presentations up to 5 days duration.

    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 the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

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

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

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

    Minimum admission criteria:

    •Bachelor degree in any discipline and three years relevant work experience*, or
    •Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and five years professional/managerial work experience, or
    •Graduate Diploma equivalent (professional pathways)

    *Must be in a managerial or professional role. Applicants must demonstrate decision making responsibility in a range of areas such as budgeting, staffing, project management, financial management, or other relevant professional experience.

    The following considerations may also be applied:
    (i) 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.
    (ii) 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).

    All applicants must provide the following with their application:

    • current curriculum vitae
    • current contact details of two referees who can be contacted concerning their work experience
    • a one page brief outlining why they believe that their work experience would be valued by their MBA peers

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $34,400 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    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 Recognition of 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.

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    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    Contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Frequently asked questions

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    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As healthcare service delivery becomes complex because of changing population, disease profile and medical technology; so has the requirement for qualified healthcare managers increased.  There is a pressing need for trained and skilled healthcare executives and leaders in Australia and the Asia-Pacific to lead and manage healthcare service delivery into the future.  The Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) course content has been developed in consultation with industry and by academics with several years of industry experience.  With the Deakin MBA (Healthcare Management) qualification in hand you are well positioned to either progress in your existing healthcare management career or embark as a healthcare manager.

    Professional recognition

    In addition to the world-renowned AACSB accreditation, the course has received Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)accreditation . ACHSM is the peak body for Healthcare Executives in the Asia Pacific, their accreditation not only ensures quality and industry relevance, but also enhances graduate employability and networking opportunities. The accredit tions and professional recognition indicate the industry’s appreciation of the quality and relevance of the program to industry needs.

    The MBA (Healthcare Management) and the School of Medicine is also associated with the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE), which enables ongoing quality improvement for the course content and alignment with current healthcare management trends and theories.

     

    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

    Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental business principles and concepts to develop insights into processes that drive healthcare systems and contribute to the development of new knowledge through use of appropriate research principles and methods.

    Communication

    Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental business principles and concepts to develop insights into processes that drive healthcare systems and contribute to the development of new knowledge through use of appropriate research principles and methods

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use digital technologies to locate, curate and disseminate information relevant to the operation of healthcare services and support the research and analysis of complex healthcare systems issues.

    Critical thinking

    Apply critical thinking and analysis skills to evaluate complex data, relationships and projects that underpin the functioning of healthcare services.

    Problem Solving

    Apply problem solving skills and creativity to arrive at evidence-based decisions and imagine strategies and the changes required to implement recommended courses of action.

    Self-management

    Developed an enhanced insight into leadership style and reflect on own ability to take personal accountability and act as a confident leader in the healthcare industry.

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate the ability to develop networks and business relationships and leverage these to achieve collaborative and mutually beneficial outcomes.

    Global Citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates awareness of and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in healthcare management.

    *Mid-year intake is not available for all courses and some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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