School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Master of Health Management

The Master of Health Management (MHM) program is the oldest and largest health management program in Australia. For 60 years the MHM has provided students with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes required to respond to the constantly changing challenges faced by health managers and leaders.

Program Description

The Health Management program provides students with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes required to undertake challenging senior managerial roles in health services either in Australia or internationally. A key focus of the program is promoting both current and future leaders who are skilled in strategic planning, quality and safety improvement and monitoring, and policy making within a wide variety of contexts. These include the hospital and community healthcare services, aged care services, Ministries and Departments of Health, Government and Non-Government and voluntary organisations, primary care and general practice, in both public and private sectors.

Program Objectives

The objective of the Master of Health Management (MHM) program is to develop work-ready managers who can provide effective leadership on health service issues, teams and systems. The MHM program ensures that students have a strong grounding in the principles underpinning health systems and services, strategic planning, change management, financial management and health economics, evidence informed decision and policy-making, clinical governance and risk management, and innovation and improvement strategies.

Mode of Delivery

The MHM program can be undertaken either full-time or part-time.  Courses are offered internally on campus with face-to-face teaching, or externally by distance mode using online teaching. All courses offered by the school are available in distance mode. The degree can be completed online anywhere in the world without any attendance requirements.  The school provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs. The School also runs an optional Residential Week on campus where workshops are held for courses before the official commencement of semester. There are two residential weeks, in late February and July. The school also runs a comprehensive Summer School each year with courses offered in the face-to-face mode and via distance from mid-November to mid-December.

Professional recognition

Our health management program is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). It is also accredited by and recognised as providing the core competencies required for individuals wishing to apply for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). Please note that RACMA has specific requirements for the courses taken by candidates to fulfil requirements, so potential Fellowship candidates should check with RACMA before selecting their electives in the MHM program.

Health Management Degree Options

Students may enrol in a general Master of Health Management degree or a specialisation, an extension degree (which includes a research component) or a dual degree. See Degrees for more information.

 

Articulation

The Masters’ program articulates with the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. Credit for courses completed as part of the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate may be transferred to the Master’s program in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer.

Which health management degree is right for me?

Master of Health Management (MHM) - 8901   8 courses (48 Units of Credit)
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  The objective of the Masters program is to develop work-ready managers who can provide effective leadership on health service issues, teams and systems. Students will acquire a deeper understanding of knowledge and skills for research, professional practice and further learning.
         
Master of Health Management (Extension) (MHM(Extn)) - 8902   12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The MHM (Extension) is designed for students wishing to complete a Masters degree with a research component.  It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program.
         
Graduate Diploma in Health Management (GradDipHM) - 5509   6 courses (36 Units of Credit)
1 year full-time; 1.5 years part-time
  The Graduate Diploma will suit students wishing to focus on the basic principles of health management, and/or wish to learn more about a particular aspect of health management. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce by updating their skills and knowledge.
         
Graduate Certificate in Health Management (GradCertHM) - 7360   4 courses (24 Units of Credit)
1 year part-time
  The Graduate Certificate will suit students wishing to focus on the basic principles of health management, and/or wish to learn more about a particular aspect of health management. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce by updating their skills and knowledge.
         

Dual Degree in Master of Public Health / Master of Health Management (MPH/MHM) - 9047

  12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The MPH/MHM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to complete two Masters degrees in the areas of Public Health and Health Management. It provides graduates with essential knowledge, skills and attributes to carry out senior managerial and leadership roles in population, clinical and departmental health services.
         

Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management (MIPH/MHM) - 9044

  12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The MIPH/MHM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to complete two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Health Management. It provides graduates with essential knowledge in working with international aid organisations, and the skills and attributes to carry out senior managerial and leadership roles in population, clinical and departmental health services.
         

Dual Degree in Master of Public Health (Extension) / Master of Health Management (MPH(Extn)/MHM) - 9056

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MPH(Extn)/MHM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of Public Health and Health Management as well as complete a Research Project in public health. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. This program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake population health and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally.
         

Dual Degree in Master of Public Health / Master of Health Management (Extension) (MPH/MHM(Extn) - 9057

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MPH/MHM(Extn) Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of Public Health and Health Management as well as complete a Research Project in health management. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. This program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake population health and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally.
         
Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health (Extension) / Master of  Health Management (MIPH(Extn) / MHM) - 9053   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MIPH(Extn)/MHM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Health Management as well as complete a Research Project  in international health. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. The dual program meets a well-recognised need to strengthen public health, health leadership and health management capacities within resource-constrained settings in international and global contexts.
         

Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management (Extension) (MIPH/MHM(Extn)) - 9058

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MIPH/MHM(Extn) Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Health Management as well as complete a Research Project  in health management. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. The dual program meets a well-recognised need to strengthen public health, health leadership and health management capacities within resource-constrained settings in international and global contexts.

 

Master of Health Management (MHM) - 8901

The MHM consists of the following components, for a total of 8 courses comprising 48 units of credit (UOC):

  • Core courses - 5 courses (30 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 3 courses (18 UOC)

 

Master of Health Management (Extension) (MHM(Extn)) - 8902

The MHM(Extn) consists of the following components comprising 72 units of credit (UOC):
  • Core courses - 5 courses (30 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 3 courses (18 UOC)
  • Extension courses (including research project)  - (24 UOC)

 

Graduate Diploma in Health Management (GradDipHM) - 5509

The GradDipHM consists of the following components, for a total of 6 courses comprising 36 units of credit (UOC):

  • Core courses - 3 courses (18 UOC)
  • Elective courses from a prescribed list - 3 courses (18 UOC)

 

Graduate Certificate in Health Management (GradCertHM) - 7360

The GradCertHM consists of the following components, for a total of 4 courses comprising 24 units of credit  (UOC):
  • Core courses - 2 courses (12 UOC)
  • Elective courses from a prescribed list - 2 courses (12 UOC)

Please note: The Graduate Certificate in Health Management cannot be completed on a full-time basis if students commence in Semester 1 or Summer. Students should apply to commence in Semester 2 if they want to complete the program on a full-time basis.


 

Dual Degrees (18 months duration)

For the following dual degrees candidates must complete 72 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 7 core courses (42 UOC) and 5 elective courses (30 UOC):

For the following dual degrees candidates must complete 72 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 9 core courses (54 UOC) and 3 elective courses (18 UOC):


 

Dual Degrees (2 years duration)

For the following dual degrees candidates must complete 96 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 7 core courses (42 UOC), 5 elective courses (30 UOC) and Extension courses (24 UOC) including 1 research project:

 

Please note:
International students who have not previously completed a degree in Australia and are enrolled in the full time program in Sydney (Kensington campus) are required to take the following additional course in their first semester:

  • PHCM9100 Academic Practice (0 UOC)

This course is available for all students to assist them with academic literacy practice and includes critical reading, thinking and writing, oral communication and managing postgraduate study. The course is made available at no charge to students and does not contribute to the program requirements of the degree. Local students who are returning to study after a long absence are also welcome to enrol in the course

 

FULL-TIME MHM RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
One Year Completion
Semester 1 (24 UOC)
PHCM9391 Strategy, Policy and Change (6 UOC)
PHCM9441 Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (6 UOC)
Elective (6 UOC)
Elective (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (24 UOC)
PHCM9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management (6 UOC)
PHCM9701 Health Leadership and Workforce Management (6 UOC)
PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (6 UOC)
Elective (6 UOC)

 

PART-TIME MHM RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
1st Year
Semester 1 (12 UOC)
PHCM9391 Strategy, Policy and Change (6 UOC)
PHCM9441 Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (12 UOC)
PHCM9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management (6 UOC)
PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (6 UOC)
2nd Year
Semester 1 (12 UOC)
Elective (6 UOC)
Elective (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (12 UOC)
PHCM9701 Health Leadership and Workforce Management (6 UOC)
Elective (6 UOC)

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have either:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)* and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience.  This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS,  MD).

  OR

  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management*.

[*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, social work, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]

If you have any further enquiries please contact the SPHCM Student Services team postgrad-sphcm@unsw.edu.au