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  • Objectives
    The course aims to enhance the competencies of middle level health service managers, equipping them to move to more senior management positions. It is designed to allow students to investigate advanced issues in management through both industry-based research topics and seminar topics offered only at the masters level.The course prepares graduates for entry to the Australian College of Health Service Executives; assists medical practitioners to enter the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and assists registered nurses to gain admission to the Royal College of Nursing.These aims are accomplished by utilising the expertise of staff throughout the University and leading health service managers in both the public and private sectors through direct input to the lecture programs.Learning outcomesOn completion of the program graduates are expected to be able to: * apply management theories and principles to the solution of management problems in health and aged care; * analyse and critically discuss current issues and dilemmas in health services; * apply their skills in policy creation and critique; * demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the health system and its financial, economic and statistical models and methods; and * exercise an enhanced understanding of the legal and ethical framework of management practice in health.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must: 1. normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have not less than four years' professional experience in the health sector following completion of the degree or equivalent qualification; or 2. hold either the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration or equivalent, or the Graduate Diploma in Health Administration or equivalent from Flinders University. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Health Administration
  • Course description
    The Master of Health Administration is a 54-unit program offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a fee-paying basis. The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, the Graduate Diploma in Health Administration and the Master of Science (Health Administration) and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards.

    Students who hold either the graduate certificate or the graduate diploma are awarded credit for topics already taken.

    The course is also offered in Singapore and Nankai, China.*

    *In Nankai the course is offered as the Master of Hospital Administration.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Health Administration, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board, the program must be completed full-time within four consecutives semesters or part-time within ten consecutive semesters. A lesser period may be set where credit has been granted for previous studies.

    AUSTRALIAN PROGRAM

    Core and Elective topics
    Students select topics from the following (or other masters level topics offered by a tertiary institution as approved by the Board) to complete the 54 units. Core components are determined by College requirements and are indicated by an asterisk (*).

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    Note: The introductory core topics HSMT9012 and HSMT9013 should normally be completed prior to take other core and elective topics.

    HSMT9004
        

    Health Systems and Health Policy *
        

    6

    HSMT9005
        

    Health Economics and Resource Allocation
        

    6

    HSMT9006
        

    Strategic Management in Health *
        

    6

    HSMT9007
        

    Risk Management and Clinical Governance
        

    6

    HSMT9008
        

    Major Project in Health Management *
        

    6/12/18

    HSMT9009
        

    Health Services Ethics
        

    6

    HSMT9010
        

    Health Services Law *
        

    6

    HSMT9011
        

    Managing Communications and Partnerships
        

    6

    HSMT9012
        

    Managing People and Organisations in Health and Aged Care *
        

    6

    HSMT9013
        

    Health Care Financial Management *
        

    6

    Note: Students who commenced the Master of Health Service Management award prior to 2008 and who complete the award after the award name change can choose to take their award as either the Master of Health Service Management or the Master of Health Administration.

    Compulsory Masters topic [HSMT9008 - configurations]

    HSMT9008A
        

    Major Project in Health Management A
        

    6

    HSMT9008B
        

    Major Project in Health Management B
        

    6

    HSMT9008C
        

    Major Project in Health Management C
        

    6

    HSMT9008D
        

    Major Project in Health Management D
        

    12

    HSMT9008E
        

    Major Project in Health Management E
        

    18

        * Students undertaking 6 units of the Major Project enrol in HSMT9008A only.
        * Students undertaking 12 units of the Major Project over two semesters, enrol in HSMT9008A and HSMT9008B which are assessed as a continuum.
        * Students undertaking 18 units over three semesters, enrol in topics HSMT9008A, HSMT9008B and HSMT9008C and these are also assessed as a continuum.
        * Students undertaking 12 units in one semester enrol in HSMT9008D.
        * Students undertaking 18 units in one semester enrol in HSMT9008E.

    SINGAPORE PROGRAM
    The Master of Health Administration 54-unit program is also offered in Singapore and is taught in conjunction with the CSM Academy International Pte Ltd. The course can be completed on a part-time basis over 2 years.

    Students must complete eight topics and a 6-unit (6,000 word) Major Project in Health Management. In conjunction with the Department of Health Management, students may elect to do seven topics and a 12-unit (12,000 word) Major Project in Health Management or six topics and an 18-unit (18,000 word) Major Project in Health Management.

    Flinders University delivers the following topics which are taught by a combination of visiting staff from Australia and the UK and local Singaporean teaching staff:

    HSMT9004
        

    Health Systems and Health Policy
        

    6

    HSMT9006
        

    Health Services Planning and Development
        

    6

    HSMT9007
        

    Risk Management and Clinical Governance
        

    6

    HSMT9008
        

    Major Project in Health Management *
        

    6

    HSMT9009
        

    Health Services Ethics
        

    6

    HSMT9010
        

    Health Services Law
        

    6

    HSMT9011
        

    Managing Communications and Partnerships
        

    6

    HSMT9012
        

    Managing People and Organisations in Health and Aged Care
        

    6

    HSMT9013
        

    Health Care Financial Management
        

    6

    *This compulsory Masters topic is available in the various configurations as in the Australian program.


    NANKAI PROGRAM

    Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) available in China with Nankai University.

    A coursework program taught jointly with Nankai University. Flinders offers a Master of Hospital Administration taught jointly with Nankai University in English or Chinese. The course can be completed on a part-time basis over 2 years.

    Flinders delivers the following topics in English:

    HSMT9006A
        

    Health System Planning
        

    3

    HSMT9007A
        

    Risk Management and Clinical Governance
        

    3

    HSMT9011A
        

    Managing Communications and Partnerships
        

    3

    HSMT9015
        

    Hospital Financial Resource Management
        

    3

    HSMT9016
        

    Health Systems: an International Perspective
        

    3

    HSMT9017
        

    Introduction to Hospital Administration and Health Service Management
        

    3

    HSMT9018
        

    Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis for Hospital Managers
        

    3

    Nankai University delivers the following topics in Chinese:

        * Management Science
        * Professional English
        * Hospital Information Management
        * Service Marketing
        * Human Resource Management
        * Western Economics
        * Financial Management
        * Chinese Hospital System Management

    Flinders University delivers the following topic in English:

    HSMT9008A
        

    Major Project in Health Management **
        

    6

    **HMST9008A (6 units) is the only configuration of the Major Project offered at Nankai.

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