Master of Health Administration
Course code: M6007
The Master of Health Administration has been developed for aspiring general managers and experienced leaders in the health care industry. The course focuses on developing skills in broad areas of management such as leadership, accounting, marketing and economics with an emphasis on health care organisations and specific health-focused domains such as epidemiology, biostatistics and managing the patient care process.
Accredited by The Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
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Six intakes a year – start whenever you are ready
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The Master of Health Administration postgraduate degree focuses on a skills-based curriculum that teaches business as applied to health management. The dynamic course units have been developed cooperatively by staff from The School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine and from the Faculty of Business and Economics.
Each unit is worth 6 credit points, and you will need to complete a total of 72 credit points to complete your degree.
You will study:
The aim of this unit is to provide health service managers and public health practitioners with the knowledge and skills to manage health care organisational units.
Over 6 weekly modules students will explore key management theories, leadership skills, managing health professionals, designing and coordinating health professional work processes, managing change and projects.
Each module includes an overview of the relevant concepts and resources, guided readings and online, instructor moderated, discussions of applied issues with student peers.
This unit will provide you with an introduction to concepts and applications in epidemiology, such as the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health.
This unit provides an understanding of the microeconomic approach to resource allocation, both in general and specifically, in relation to the health sector. It introduces students to the use of economic tools in the analysis of the 'market' for health care, in terms of efficiency and equity. It also provides an analytical framework for assessment of the Australian health care system, and health policy generally, from an economic perspective.
You will study the historical, political and social factors that impact the measurement of health care quality using epidemiological and statistical quality measurement principles.
This unit explores the health care industry from a legal perspective. Common law principles and statues are reviewed with a focus on medical and health law including such issues as negligence, consent, human rights, and ethics.
This unit introduces you to basic accounting principles, such as how to read, analyse and interpret financial statements and assess financial performance. You will also learn about budgeting, cost management and performance measurement that may be part of the financial responsibilities of health care managers.
If are pursuing a RACMA Fellowship, then you must complete this unit in place of MPH5311. In this unit, you’ll learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods used in public health as well as the evaluation of disease prevention and health promotion strategies. Practical case studies will be used to study evaluation challenges due to the complexities in public health.
The aim of this unit is to provide health service managers and public health practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the major components of national health systems and how health policy is created to adapt and reform these systems.
Over 6 weekly modules students will explore relevant policy theories, stakeholders and policy actors and processes that address major health policy challenges. Each module includes an overview of the relevant concepts and resources, guided readings and online, instructor moderated, discussions of applied issues with student peers.
This unit introduces experienced students to key activities associated with managing teams and individuals in an organisation, and includes topics such as managing in challenging environments, teamwork and the importance of individuals, effective decision-making, managing conflict, corporate culture and ethics.
This unit will examine marketing activities undertaken by organisations with a special emphasis on the healthcare industry. It provides an introduction of marketing concepts and techniques covering aspects like value exchange, development of corporate and marketing strategic plans, product and service development, the use of marketing decision making tools and fundamentals of consumer behaviour.
This unit introduces students to biostatistics as applied to public health and management studies. Biostatistics is the science of describing, summarising and analysing health-related data. It is essential to understand biostatistics in order to design, conduct and interpret health-related research. The basic principles and methods used in biostatistics are covered in this unit. This includes the technical qualifications necessary for analysing and interpreting data on a descriptive and bivariate level.
Topics include: classification of health data; summarizing data using simple statistical methods and graphical presentation; sampling distributions, quantifying uncertainty in results from a sample; statistical distributions; comparing two/more groups/methods using confidence intervals and hypothesis tests (p-values); assessing the association between an outcome and an exposure using the chi-squared test; risk comparisons (RR & OR); prediction of an event or identifying risk factors for an event of interest where the event is measured on a continuous scale or a binary scale (yes/no); sample size calculations.
During this unit you will develop the skills needed to describe and analyse health systems and health sector reforms. Various different analytical frameworks are considered, including ways those frameworks can be used to review health systems both in Australia and offshore.
A Master’s degree is typically part of the key selection criteria for leadership and management positions in the health industry. A Master of Health Administration can give you the edge if you’re looking to advance your career in a variety of health sectors, including in health service management, practice management, health advocacy or in the not-for-profit sector. Some job titles could include:
Department or division director
Health and welfare services manager
Private health enterprise manager
Health policy and advocacy manager
Nursing director/nurse manager
Health care consultant
Medical records manager
The career outcomes are broad for graduates of the Master of Health Administration, and future growth is strong for jobs in the healthcare industry. The average annual wage for health managers, and related roles, in Australia is $102,824 (Payscale).
For entry into the Master of Health Administration, you will need:
an Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline, including health science, business, commerce, economics or law, or qualification/ experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent, and
a minimum of one to two years of management experience,
to meet the minimum entry requirements for admission to Monash University,
to meet the English language requirements.
$3,500.00 per unit*
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