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Master of Health Leadership and Management

The Master of Health Leadership and Management (MHLM) program is the oldest and largest health management program in Australia. For 60 years it has provided students with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes required to undertake challenging senior leadership and managerial roles in health services in Australia and globally.

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 Leadership and Management program is to develop work-ready managers who can provide effective leadership on health service issues, teams and systems. The MHLM 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 School provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs. The MHLM 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 technologies. All courses offered by the School are available fully online which means our degrees can be completed from anywhere in the world. For some elective courses, there are optional workshops which are held at a residential school on campus one week before each Term starts.

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 MHLM program.

Health Management Degree Options

Students may enrol in a general Master of Health Leadership and 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 leadership and management degree is right for me?

Master of Health Leadership and Management (MHLM) - 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 Leadership and Management (Extension) (MHLM(Extn)) - 8902   12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The MHLM (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 Leadership and Management (MPH/MHLM) - 9047

  12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The MPH/MHLM 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 Global Health / Master of Health Leadership and Management (MGH/MHLM) - 9044

  12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The MGH/MHLM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to complete two Masters degrees in the areas of Global 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 Health Leadership and Management / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MHLM/MIDI) - 9041   12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
 

The Master of Health Leadership and Management / Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence dual program is an innovative approach to postgraduate health education enabling candidates to gain a better understanding of infectious diseases in the era of new and emerging disease threats, and management approaches for the identification, assessment, prevention and control of infectious diseases.

         

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

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MPH(Extn)/MHLM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of Public Health and Health Leadership & 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 Leadership and Management (Extension) (MPH/MHLM(Extn) - 9057

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MPH/MHLM(Extn) Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of Public Health and Health Leadership & 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 Global Health (Extension) / Master of  Health Leadership & Management (MGH(Extn) / MHLM) - 9053   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MGH(Extn)/MHLM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of Global Health and Health Leadership & 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 Global Health / Master of Health Leadership and Management (Extension) (MGH/MHLM(Extn)) - 9058

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The MGH/MHLM(Extn) Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of Global Health and Health Leadership & 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.
         
Dual Degree in Master of Health Leadership and Management / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension) (MHLM/MIDI(Extn)) - 9365   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MHLM/MIDI (Extension) program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, leadership and workforce management, strategic planning and change management, quality improvement, and health program and policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills and leadership needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and for research and evidence based professional practice. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.
         
Dual Degree in Master of Health Leadership and Management (Extension) / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MHLM(Extn)/MIDI) - 9368   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MHLM (Extension) / MIDI program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, leadership and workforce management, strategic planning and change management, quality improvement, and health program and policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills and leadership needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and for research and evidence based professional practice. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.

 

Master of Health Leadership and Management (MHLM) - 8901

The MHLM 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 Leadership and Management (Extension) (MHLM(Extn)) - 8902

The MHLM(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 Leadership and 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 Leadership and 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)

 

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:

For the following dual degrees candidates must complete 96 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 9 core courses (54 UOC), 3 elective courses (18 UOC) and Extension courses (24 UOC) which includes a 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 term:

  • 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 MHLM RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 1 Start
Term 1 (18 UOC)
PHCM9391 Strategy, Policy and Change (6 UOC)
PHCM9441 Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 2 (12 UOC)
PHCM9701 Health Leadership and Workforce Management (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 3 (18 UOC)
PHCM9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management (6 UOC)
PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)

 

FULL-TIME MHLM RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 3 Start
Term 3 (18 UOC)
PHCM9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management (6 UOC)
PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 1 (18 UOC)
PHCM9391 Strategy, Policy and Change (6 UOC)
PHCM9441 Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 2 (12 UOC)
PHCM9701 Health Leadership and Workforce Management (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)

 

PART-TIME MHLM RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 1 Start
YEAR 1
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9391 Strategy, Policy and Change (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9701 Health Leadership and Workforce Management (6 UOC)
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (6 UOC)
 

*Plus One Elective during any term (6 UOC)

YEAR 2
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9441 Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)*
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management (6 UOC)
 

*Plus One Elective during any term (6 UOC)

 

PART-TIME MHLM RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 3 Start
YEAR 1
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (6 UOC)
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9391 Strategy, Policy and Change (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9701 Health Leadership and Workforce Management (6 UOC)
 

*Plus One Elective during any term (6 UOC)

YEAR 2
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management (6 UOC)
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9441 Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)*
One Elective (6 UOC)
 

*Plus One Elective during any term (6 UOC)

 

 

Please note:

  • The above part-time study plan is only to be used as a guide. Students can amend their study plan to suit their needs, for example study one course per term.
  • Students from non-English speaking countries who have not previously completed a degree in Australia or other English speaking country are also required to take the core course PHCM9100 Academic Practice in their first term.

 

Am I eligible?

The entry criteria is:

  • 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, 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.]