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$16,500 total course fee

Advancing health and change lives

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A rising demand

This course is the pathway to exploring concepts key to management systems and outcomes and leadership practices within health, providing skills applicable across healthcare settings.

Strong job growth rate

14.9% growth predicted over a 5-year period.

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Safety & quality in healthcare

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These factors are historical, political and social.

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Advancing health and changing lives

With rapid growth of the health-care sector, the world’s demand for healthcare practitioners expertly trained in managerial practices is also rising. A Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, the pathway to exploring concepts key to management systems and outcomes and leadership practices within health, provides skills applicable to managerial decision-making across healthcare settings. Taught by Victoria’s leading public health experts and with strong links to the Alfred Hospital and the Alfred Research Alliance, our courses are highly regarded in industry, the public sector and academia.

With training focused on managerial learning outcomes and supported by exercises that highlight real-world practice, the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration will make you graduate ready to revolutionise systems of health management. Our course encompasses the complexities of healthcare leadership by teaching health system change and clinical leadership, safety and quality systems, health policy and law, and financial management in healthcare. You’ll leave with the confidence and skillset of a career-minded health professional.

What you will learn 
  • Health policy
    Explore how policy theories, stakeholders and policy actors and processes address major health policy challenges.
  • Healthcare financial management
    Examine and apply financial management principles specific to the healthcare environment.
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Our worldwide health rankings

Dedicated to academic excellence, Monash University has achieved international recognition and renown in Medicine.
# 2
THE World University Rankings by Subject
# 24
Shanghai Academic Ranking By Academic Subject

Pathways to a masters degree

You can graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Health Administration in approximately 0.7 years part-time accelerated, after completing 4 units (12 credit points).

You can also continue studying after completing approximately:

  • 1.4 years part-time accelerated, 8 units (48 credit points total), and you’ll receive a Graduate Diploma of Health Administration; or
  • 2 years part-time accelerated, 12 units (72 credit points total), and you’ll receive a Master of Health Administration

You must complete four of the 6 core units of the Master in Health Administration, providing a chance to expand your knowledge in managerial and decision-making practices necessary for a future in health-care administration.

Need further clarification about our online course structure?

You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

You must complete four of the following units:

Health systems and policy

Leading and managing in public health and health care

Developing health systems

Safety and quality in health care

Healthcare and financial management

Introduction to health law principles

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* with at least a pass (50%) average,

AND a minimum of one to two years of relevant industry/management experience**

*Relevant cognate disciplines include; medical, nursing, allied health, (other health related degree e.g. chiropractic, psychology, public health, environmental health, paramedic, imaging (radiology, nuclear medicine), biomedical engineering, dietetics/nutrition, pharmacy, social work, medical science/biomedical science/immunology, health science, laboratory science, science, and health economics); or economics, law, or business

**Relevant work experience in the field of health and public health administration in the health industry, e.g. government, policy, provider such as hospital, clinic, or non-government organisation.

The Graduate Certificate of Health Administration is not currently accepting international applications.
English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants require a curriculum vitae (CV), relevant work experience or a statement from employer to substantiate period of employment.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, the estimated cost is $4,125.00 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

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The Graduate Certificate of Health Administration is accredited by The Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM).

Career outcomes

The workplace of the future is an exciting and dynamic place. A Graduate Certificate of Health Administration degree is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing global environment.

What does the future look like for Health Managers?

Skilled Health Managers are in demand and well-paid, especially those who can lead businesses into the digital space.



The most common salary for a Health Manager in Victoria.

Industry Growth


Predicted growth for the health sector over five years.

Health Administration at Monash Online

The Graduate Certificate of Health Administration at Monash Online has been designed to offer students an entry pathway into the field of healthcare administration under the guidance of industry leaders and expert health practitioners.

Offered by our distinguished School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, you’ll explore the fundamentals of health system design, the health policy process, clinical leadership, safety and quality improvement, health law principles, and financial management and expand your knowledge and competencies for managerial decision-making in the healthcare sector. The Graduate Certificate provides an entry into further study at the Master level or can be a credential for advancing your career.


Meet your academic team

Professor Susannah Ahern

Professor Ahern is a medical administrator and academic in health services research and management at Monash University. As the Head, Clinical Outcomes data Reporting and Research Program at Monash University, she is the Monash Academic Lead for six national clinical quality registries, and coordinates and teaches into the Master of Health Administration course.

Professor Peter Bradford

Dr Bradford has a medical degree, a Masters in Public Health, and Fellowships in two Colleges relating to Medical and Hospital Management. He has had 35 year career, most recently as Executive Director Clinical Governance and Medical Services at Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital) and prior to that in similar roles in remote, rural, outer metropolitan, and teaching hospitals in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos

Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos is head of the inaugural Monash University Health Economics Group (MUHEG) within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise in the use of economic evaluation techniques (both within trial and modelled), particularly within the context of mental health. Within Australia, she leads the largest group of academic health economists specialising in the economics of mental health and psychosocial care, consisting of staff funded entirely on research income.

Dr Chris Moran

Dr Moran obtained his medical degree in Northern Ireland and is now involved in physician training, specialising in Geriatric Medicine in Melbourne. He has also completed his PhD at Monash University and is now the Co-Course Director of Master of Health Administration and Master of Health Management.

I have enjoyed interacting, learning and engaging with like-minded people the most. These interactions have given me motivation and inspiration to keep going and quench my thirst for further knowledge as well as advance my professional career.

Angela Weerasekera

Masters in Health Administration

Frequently Asked Questions

Public Health prepares you for a career in Health policy. You’ll learn more biostatistic analytical concepts that inform critical decisions affecting health care practices.
Health Administration will give you the skills to implement health care improvement projects in a range of clinical settings. With a focus on management roles, you’ll graduate with the knowledge to effectively lead health care teams while making informed and ethical decisions.
With the Federal and State Governments increasing investment in health, and the imminent care requirements of Australia’s ageing population, demand for qualified Health Administration professionals is growing significantly. The National Skills Commission forecasted the Health Care and Social Assistance industry to make the largest contribution to employment growth by 14.2% or 249,500 over a five year period until November 2025.
Health practice managers typically plan and review health offices services and standards. The National Careers Institute expects this role to have strong demand in the future. Primary Health Organisation Managers work with nurses, allied health and administrative staff in out-of-hospital services. Expect strong demand for this role in the future.
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Industry insights

With a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, you will be well-placed to take your next step into a leadership position within the health-care industry, applying your skills in any of the following roles:

  • Healthcare or Clinical Manager
  • Community Health Program Leader
  • Clinical Quality and Safety Manager
  • Healthcare Management Consultant
  • Healthcare Services Researcher.
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The Australian government rates job growth for health managers as very strong.

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14.9% growth is predicted over a five-year period for the health sector.

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$110,000 is the most common salary for a Health Manager in Victoria.

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