Master of Health and Human Services Management

Postgraduate coursework

Refine your leadership skills and knowledge in health and human services through a postgraduate Master of Health and Human Services Management.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0. More information is available at


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Build the leadership, managerial and analytical skills to influence positive change in healthcare with the Master of Health and Human Services Management. Open the door to senior roles within the health sector and use your platform to improve healthcare delivery and contribute to healthier communities.

Want the skills to lead from the front in the growing health and human services sector?

Healthcare managers are collectively responsible for managing the many billions of taxpayer dollars that fund this area. That is a significant responsibility, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to make positive changes that benefit individuals, communities and countries. With a Master of Health and Human Services Management, you’ll have a significant role to play not just in the allocation of precious resources, but also in the way healthcare organisations operate, evolve and deliver health services into the future.

The course is about more than just applying business and management skills in a health context. It explores what best practice looks like in the complex world of health services management. Everything you learn – and the way you learn – prepares you to navigate the exact challenges faced by health and human services professionals today.

Develop core skills that allow you to make evidence-based decisions that improve the quality of health services, including:

  • leadership and strategic planning
  • health needs assessment and evaluation
  • healthcare planning and monitoring
  • resource and project management
  • communication and negotiation.

You will have the opportunity to select from a broad range of elective units across five specialisation areas: public health, health economics, business administration, disability and inclusion and research. Electives allow you to build an impressive set of specialised skills curated to your unique interests and career goals. Whether you see yourself managing a clinic or hospital, leading projects promoting mental health, or shaping policy at a government level, you will graduate with the skills to manage every challenge your role throws at you.

For those who like to learn by doing, the course’s many practical learning opportunities are a highlight. In particular, the new work-integrated learning elective allows you to undertake 150 hours of valuable industry experience. This can be an agency-based work placement with one of our many industry partners, or agency-sponsored work based at the Deakin Freelancing Hub. These projects convert the theoretical knowledge you gain through coursework into lived experience, which in turn boosts your work readiness and employability. They also allow you to work alongside influential figures in the health services sector and build professional networks that unlock new career pathways. On top of that, you can gain a global perspective of leading management practices by joining an overseas study tour, and get even more industry experience with an internship at a prominent NGO, such as the United Nations.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Health and Human Services Management students must attain 16 credit points. All units except Major Research Project units are equal to 1 credit point.

The course comprises 10 core units (these are compulsory) and 6 Specialisation units (you can choose which ones to study according to the prescribed units in each of the Specialisations in the course structure).

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

Students who commenced in between 2015 and 2018 should refer to previous handbooks.

All students must complete the following core units and one zero credit point unit

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Fundamentals of Health Informatics
  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies
  • Health Economics 1
  • Economic Evaluation 1
  • Research Literacy
  • Resource Allocation and Priority Setting
  • Health Law and Ethics
  • Financial Interpretation
  • Business Process Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Electives

    The MHHSM has five Specialisations: Public Health, Health Economics, Business Administration, Disability and Inclusion and Research. Students must choose one of the following Specialisations, in addition to the ten core units.

    Public Health Specialisation 

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Epidemiology 1
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Plus two units from:

  • Healthcare Operations
  • Health Promotion
  • Health and Social Impact Assessment
  • Health Equity and Human Rights
  • Minor Project A -must be taken as a pair with HSH732
  • Minor Project B - must be taken as a pair with HSH731
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • International Perspectives in Health and Social Development *
  • * Limited places in this unit are allocated based on an interview process and academic merit.

    Health Economics Specialisation 

  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Economics for Managers
  • Plus three units from:

  • Healthcare Operations
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • Financing Health Care
  • Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice
  • Health Economics in a Global Context
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Health Technology Assessment 1
  • Business Administration Specialisation 

  • Economics for Managers
  • Business Strategy and Analysis
  • Critical Thinking for Managers
  • Plus one unit from:

  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • Internship
  • Consultancy Experience
  • Entrepreneurship Experience
  • Cultural Experience
  • Plus two units from:

  • Healthcare Operations
  • Financing Health Care
  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Business Communication for Managers
  • Disability and Inclusion Specialisation 

  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course
  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion
  • Plus two units from: 

  • Inclusive Design and Technology
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Health Equity and Human Rights
  • Epidemiology 1
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Economics and Health Policy Analysis
  • Postgraduate Health Practicum
  • Research Specialisation*

  • Epidemiology 1
  • Biostatistics 1
  • Major Project A
  • Major Project B
  • * Students choosing this option must obtain approval from the course director and have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 or more

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Health and Human Services Management

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    056060C 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.

    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

    Trimester 2 - July

    Trimester 3 - November

    Additional course information

    There are two alternative exit points available from H756 Master of Health and Human Services Management:

    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

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a National Police Record Check, a Working with Children Check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.


    In the Faculty of Health 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.

    Work experience

    Students who select the Business Management Specialisation are required to complete a one credit point work integrated learning unit (coded HSH755 or MWL***)

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline


    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number 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

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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.

    Scholarship options

    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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    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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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor in the same discipline or major sequence in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points). If you have a Bachelor (Honours), in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units, which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points). If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline or related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent. If you have a Masters degree in a related discipline, you may be eligible for credit for up to 10 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

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    A 'same discipline' award for this course can be in management, health economics or public health, a 'related discipline' award for this course is health sciences, business administration or other related field.


    Career outcomes

    The healthcare sector is projected to be Australia’s biggest and fastest-growing sector over the next five years*. With a Master of Health and Human Services Management, you will have an incredibly important role to play in managing the new projects, services and jobs that emerge from this growth.

    Your specialised skills combined with your practical experience will prepare you for management and leadership roles across a variety of areas including:

    • public health departments
    • hospital management
    • nursing home management
    • clinic management
    • medical practices
    • mental health organisations
    • community health centres
    • rehabilitation centres
    • skilled nursing facilities
    • healthcare associations
    • welfare and human service delivery organisations
    • policy roles within government
    • major healthcare infrastructure projects

    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.

    *Industry Employment Projections 2019 Report, Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

    Professional recognition

    Deakin's Master of Health and Human Services Management is now accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). As a graduate, you may apply for membership with the ACHSM.

    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

    Apply a critical and advanced knowledge in the area of Health and Human Services Management including research and current professional practices in the areas of:

    • leadership and strategic planning,
    • evidence-based decision making,
    • health needs assessment and evaluation,
    • program planning and monitoring,
    • resource and project management,
    • communication and negotiation.


    Communicate effectively with a range of individuals and groups, using a variety of modes and methods in a Health and Human Service context.

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use digital technologies to locate, evaluate and disseminate research to address complex health and human service management issues.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate and synthesise complex information, problems, ideas, concepts and theories within a health and human services context.

    Problem Solving

    Apply creative strategies to address complex and ill-defined health and human services management problems.


    Demonstrate critically reflective self-management with relevant workloads, commitments and timeframes while displaying a commitment to ethical health and human services management practice and lifelong learning.


    Interact collaboratively and constructively with a diverse range of people across multiple teams and contexts to achieve targeted health and human services management outcomes.

    Global Citizenship

    Demonstrate a critical awareness and sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, religious, social and political issues in health and human service management contexts.