Master of Health Administration
Course code: M6007
Begin the next phase of your leadership journey in the health industry with Monash Online. Our Master of Health Administration offers a comprehensive and unique learning experience to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in both health care and business management.
Our degree offers:
- 100% online learning – Study and take exams at home.
- Six-week teaching periods – Focus on one unit at a time.
- Six intakes throughout the year – Achieve your goals sooner.
If you’re looking to excel in health care administration, begin your professional development with an in-depth degree. By studying online, you can continue working while you build the next step in your career.
Our Master of Health Administration has been constructed with relevant accreditation in mind – accredited by The Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM). And according to the Fellowship Training Program of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administration (RACMA), the curriculum’s core master’s subject area requirements are covered.
We’ve created our Master of Health Administration to benefit aspiring general managers and experienced leaders in health care organisations. With Monash Online, you can earn a respected, accredited qualification in the field and help move your career forward.
Monash University is ranked 38th in universities across the world for studying health.
Similar to an MBA, the Master of Health Administration focuses on building your ability to lead and manage effectively. To achieve this, each dynamic course unit was developed cooperatively by staff from The School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine and from the Faculty of Business and Economics. This mix of faculties has merged leading business practices with detailed health care issues and practices.
The Master of Health Administration consists of 12 units. Each unit you’ll undertake is skills-based and delves into many areas including leadership, health systems, policies and laws, economics, and epidemiology.
Your course curriculum can be divided into three course areas:
Management and leadership
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Health care systems
This unit will provide you with a broad understanding of the mechanisms of national health systems and how policies are tailored to improve and reform these systems. You will explore policy theories, stakeholders and processes in the context of major health policy challenges.
This unit acts as an introduction to biostatistics in relation to the design and interpretation of health-related research. All basic principles of biostatistics are covered, including the technical qualifications necessary for analysing data on a descriptive and bivariate level.
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 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.
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.
You will study the historical, political and social factors that impact the measurement of health care quality using epidemiological and statistical quality measurement principles.
"Steady growth in the health administration job market makes this a promising career path. For example, the number of Health and Welfare Services Manager positions is expected to grow from 19,600 in 2018 to 23,900 in 2023." -Australian Government Job Outlook, 2016
As the health care industry continues to expand and evolve, the importance of capable managers is growing. Our postgraduate degree takes you through the vast field of business-related practices in health care management. It’ll position you to take on a range of high-level roles within the industry.
Your career opportunities include:
- Chief Executive Officer
- Executive leadership positions
- Department of Division Director/Manager
- Service Unit Manager
- Quality and Safety Manager
- Aged and Residential Care Manager
- Community care leadership positions
- Government/health policy leadership roles
Whether you’re looking to work for a health care organisation, an NGO or in the government sector, the Master of Health Administration will help you form valuable skills and gain deep insights in management within the industry.
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).
To be eligible to study the Master of Health Administration, you’ll 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 industry/management experience,
to meet the minimum entry requirements for admission to Monash University,
to meet the English language requirements.
Course Fees (2020 Pricing)
$3,625.00 per unit
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