About the course
The Master of Health Services Management is appropriate for a diverse range of health professionals such as medical, paramedical, nursing, allied health and general administrative personnel. The interdisciplinary nature of the student group is a distinctive feature of the course.
The course aims to help students develop their managerial competencies by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate efficiency, effectiveness and a high quality of service in performance at personal, department and organisational level. A high quality of conceptualisation is required to be demonstrated at Master level. It is expected, for example, that students will be able to demonstrate a capacity to evaluate the relevance of different conceptual approaches to management issues in the context of their own experience and workplace.
A distinct feature of the program, which is only delivered by distance education, is its online support including electronic assignment transmission, forums or threaded bulletin boards, direct email to Course Coordinators, and access to electronic databases and journals. The forums allow students to raise issues of concern, and ensure not only contemporary learning, but also an exchange between professionals in different healthcare systems. There are no examinations and assessment tasks are largely workplace based or situated.
Study materials includes printed packages containing course overview, study guide and selected readings. Additional electronic resources are updated frequently and often within the session of study to complement the study resources provided.
Your course is recognised by industry
The course was designed in consultation with relevant professional bodies including the Australian College of Health Service Executives, the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and the Institute of Nurse Executives (NSW and ACT), taking cognisance of their accreditation requirements. This course is accredited by the Australian College of Health Service Executives. Applicants interested in pursuing affiliation with the relevant professional organisations should contact the Course Coordinator in the first instance to ascertain their eligibility for membership.
Applicants for whom the prospect of studying at the Master level is daunting may prefer to enrol initially in the Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management. On the basis of satisfactory performance in the first or subsequent year of that course, and following consultation with the Course Coordinator, a Graduate Diploma student may apply for admission to the Master program. Alternatively, on completion of 64 points of study, students may elect to exit the course with a Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management. If students complete 32 points of study, they may elect to exit the Master course with a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management.
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.