English language requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
At Deakin, we recognise that the efficient management and delivery of healthcare will be one of the most pressing challenges facing economies over the coming years. Jointly run and managed by the Deakin Business School and the School of Medicine, Deakin’s MBA (Healthcare Management) gives you the best of both worlds. Prepare to manage and lead healthcare services in Australia and overseas by undertaking the core of our MBA program plus a tailored set of health units.
Tailor your MBA studies to issues and challenges associated with the healthcare sector. Learn the very latest in business and management thinking then apply your newfound knowledge to healthcare settings.
To excel in a healthcare organisational environment or management role today, you need more than mere business knowledge. A comprehensive understanding of the policy context you work in is vital, along with the skills to formulate and implement strategies that are necessary to operate efficiently and effectively.
Develop the specialised knowledge and skills to manage the growing challenges of our nation's health and provision of healthcare. As a graduate you’ll not only have a deep understanding of health policy and funding context, but also the business end of healthcare delivery, such as financing, marketing and economics.
This course also offers an advanced combination of business insight and healthcare focus to succeed in this critical area of health service delivery.Read More
- Award granted
- Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management)
2023 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 093045F Burwood (Melbourne)
- 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.
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 the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.
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.
Faculty of Business and Law Core
^MBR code denotes Residential version of unit.
*MBT code denotes study tour version of the unit
Faculty of Health Core
Compulsory 0-credit point module
To be completed in the first trimester of study:-
The remaining 2 credit points may be selected from the list below:
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.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
Additional course information
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.
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.
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.
This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.
Minimum admission criteria:
•Bachelor degree in any discipline and two years relevant work experience*, or
•successful completion of a Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) and two years relevant work experience, or
•Graduate Certificate in a related discipline and three years relevant work experience, or
•Graduate Diploma equivalent (professional pathways)
* Must be in a managerial or professional role with evidence of leading teams, including either direct or indirect reports as a supervisor or manager.
Applicants must demonstrate decision making responsibility in a range of areas including budgetary oversight, staffing and management, involvement in strategy and planning development and operational implementation or other relevant professional experience at senior management, executive or company director level.
For course entry purposes, 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
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a range of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
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
Recognition of prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 eight 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 tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
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.
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
The more complex healthcare service delivery becomes from changing population, disease profile and medical technology, the greater the need for qualified healthcare managers. There is a pressing desire 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’re well positioned to either progress in your existing healthcare career or embark on a new one as a healthcare manager.
Deakin Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally by holding 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.
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 accreditations and professional recognition indicate the industry’s appreciation of the quality and relevance of the program to industry needs.
Further, the course is the only MBA recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) for their Fellowship training.
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
Demonstrate high level written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills to communicate healthcare management information and strategy
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
Apply critical thinking and analysis skills to evaluate complex data, relationships and projects that underpin the functioning of healthcare services
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
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
Demonstrate the ability to develop networks and business relationships and leverage these to achieve collaborative and mutually beneficial outcomes
Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates awareness of and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural, and environmental contexts in healthcare management