Doctor of Health Services Management

Why study the Doctor of Health Services Management at UNE?

This professional doctorate aims to prepare health service professionals, senior managers, researchers and policy analysts, with a strong managerial and academic background, for advanced leadership in their professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Researcher in health services area.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
6 Years Part-time

FEES

RTS
International

2013 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Research Period 1, Off Campus
Research Period 1, On Campus
Research Period 2, Off Campus
Research Period 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation DHSM
Course Type Postgraduate Research
CRICOS Code 017616F
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Research Period 1 Off Campus
Armidale Research Period 1 On Campus
Armidale Research Period 2 Off Campus
Armidale Research Period 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • 6 Years Part-time
Fees RTS / International
Total Credit Points 144
Benefits

RTS students are exempt from the requirement to pay student contributions and tuition fees.

How to Apply

All students apply directly to Research Services at UNE using Research Services admission form(s).

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Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

In broad terms, applicants seeking candidature would meet the following requirements: Hold a Masters degree in Health Services Management or relevant area, or an appropriate Honours degree; and have at least seven years professional experience in health services management or equivalent activity; and have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent research.

Additional Requirements

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Academic Colours

Peony Red (BCC 37)

Further Information

Please contact Research Services on 1800 463 520 or (02) 6773 3715 or for online information go to AskUNE

These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Doctor of Health Services Management in 2013.
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1. Interpretation

In these rules, unless any contrary intention appears:
(a) the committee means the Doctor of Health Services Management Committee;
(b) school means a school in The University of New England;
(c) course means the program of advanced level course work, including the professional development in health services management unit, and thesis;
(d) candidature includes probationary candidature;
(e) unit is interpreted as a period of study in a subject and is a component of a course.

2. Admission to Candidature

2.1. On the recommendation of the relevant head of school, the committee may admit to candidature for the degree an applicant who has at least seven years' experience in health services management or in related activity and who:

(a) holds or has fulfilled all the requirements for:
(i) a degree of Master of The University of New England in an area of health (services) management provided that, in the opinion of the committee, the applicant has shown potential to undertake the course work and research required for the award;
(ii) a degree of bachelor with honours of The University of New England in an area of health services management provided that, in the opinion of the committee, the applicant has shown potential to undertake the course work and research required for the award; or
(b) holds, from another institution, qualifications which in the opinion of the committee are equivalent to those prescribed in Rule 2.1.(a).

2.2. In exceptional circumstances the committee may, on the recommendation of the relevant head of school, admit to candidature a graduate who does not satisfy the requirements of Rule 2.1. if evidence of acceptable suitability for candidature is produced.
2.3. Every applicant for admission to candidature shall submit to the committee a proposed program of advanced study, professional development and research to be undertaken in a nominated school of the University and approved by the head of that school.

3. Supervision

3.1. The degree of Doctor of Health Services Management is a supervised degree and the supervisor shall have a general advisory role during the course work and professional development portion of the degree, and the candidate's research and preparation of the thesis must be carried out under the supervision of the member or members of the University staff appointed by the committee on the recommendation of the relevant head of school. At least one supervisor shall have a proven and current record of research and experience in the supervision of postgraduate research candidates. Where more than one supervisor is appointed one shall be nominated as the principal supervisor who shall be responsible for coordinating the supervision in accordance with such procedures and guidelines as the committee shall determine from time to time.
3.2. The committee, on the recommendation of the relevant head of school, may appoint an additional supervisor or supervisors; such a supervisor may be an emeritus professor, an honorary fellow or an associate of the University.
3.3. The committee, on the recommendation of the relevant head of school, may replace a supervisor at any time.
3.4. The supervisor is in large measure responsible for ensuring that the high standard of the degree is maintained. The supervisor shall carry out the responsibilities in accordance with the following rules:

(a) the supervisor, in consultation with the relevant head of school, shall ensure that the research topic chosen by the candidate is at an appropriate academic level and is likely, if successfully completed, to be worthy of publication;
(b) the supervisor shall advise the candidate on the quality of drafts of the thesis, but the thesis finally presented shall be substantially the independent work of the candidate;
(c) the supervisor shall receive from the candidate progress reports required in terms of Rule 6.1. and shall forward these to the committee with his or her assessment, in a form prescribed by the committee, of the candidate's progress;
(d) if the supervisor is at any time firmly of the opinion that the candidate is not making satisfactory progress the supervisor shall recommend to the committee that the candidate be invited to show cause why the candidature should not be terminated.

4. Period of Candidature

4.1. Except as provided in Rules 4.4. and 8.6., the minimum period of candidature shall be three years for a full-time candidate and four years for a part-time candidate.
4.2. Except as provided in Rule 4.6., the maximum period of candidature shall be four years for a full-time candidate and six years for a part-time candidate.
4.3. Where the committee permits a candidate to transfer from full-time to part-time status, or vice versa, the minimum and maximum periods of candidature shall be adjusted pro rata.
4.4. In special cases, the committee may approve variation of the minimum period of candidature.
4.5. The committee, on the advice of the supervisor, may grant suspension of the candidature where the candidate can demonstrate compelling circumstances which prevent the candidate from pursuing work toward the award. The committee shall not grant suspension of candidature for a period or periods totalling more than two years.
4.6. The committee, on the advice of the supervisor, may grant extension of candidature where the candidate can demonstrate compelling circumstances which have impeded their completion of the award within the period of candidature specified in Rule 4.2. The committee shall not grant extension of candidature for a period or periods totalling more than one year.

5. Conditions of Candidature

5.1. The committee may accept a candidate on a probationary basis under conditions specified by the committee for a period not exceeding 12 months. Upon completion of the probationary period, the committee shall review the candidate's work and shall:

(a) confirm the candidature; or
(b) extend the period of probation for a further period of up to six months; or
(c) terminate the candidature.

5.2. (a) The committee, on the recommendation of the relevant head of school, may permit a candidate to pursue the course away from the University, provided the candidate completes the residential requirements described below. A candidate shall:

(i) attend the University for such periods as the committee shall prescribe and, in any case, for periods totalling at least 54 days over the period of candidature, and this period shall include attendance at the University for any course work undertaken; and
(ii) in each year of enrolment in the thesis, the candidate shall be in attendance at the University or in face-to-face consultation elsewhere with a supervisor internal to the University for not less than 10 days.
(b) In exceptional circumstances the attendance requirements noted in Rule 5.2.(a) may be varied by the committee on the recommendation of the relevant head of school and the supervisor.
5.3. In addition to any course work units prescribed in Rule 10. a candidate may be required by the supervisor to attend lectures and seminars, to present seminars and to perform practical work.
5.4. No candidate may enrol in, or remain enrolled in, any other course or unit either at the University or at any other institution without the consent of the supervisor and the approval of the committee.
5.5. A candidate shall give at least three months' notice to the supervisor and the committee of the anticipated date of thesis submission.
5.6. Initially, a candidate shall enrol as a student of the University by a date to be specified by the committee and, thereafter in each calendar year, by a date to be specified by the committee.
6. Progress Report

6.1. Annually, within three months following the anniversary of commencement of candidature, and at such other times considered expedient by the candidate, the supervisor or the committee, the candidate shall submit to the committee a report on his or her progress. The supervisor and the relevant head of school shall comment on the candidate's report on progress before that report is considered by the committee.
6.2. Following review of the progress report, the committee may continue the candidature or consider termination of the candidature under the conditions of Rule 7.3. The committee may seek clarification or advice from the candidate, the supervisor or the relevant head of school prior to deciding whether to continue candidature or consider termination of candidature.

7. Withdrawals; Termination of Candidature

7.1.(a) A candidate may withdraw from candidature by writing to the secretary of the committee.
(b) A candidate may not withdraw from candidature after submission of the thesis except that a candidate, who has been invited to revise the thesis in terms of Rule 14.6.(e) and who does not accept that invitation, shall be deemed to have withdrawn from candidature.
7.2. On the recommendation of the relevant head of school the committee may readmit to candidature a person who has withdrawn. The committee shall decide what part, if any, of the candidature completed prior to the withdrawal shall be counted towards the new period of candidature.
7.3. In the event:

(a) that a supervisor reports a candidate's progress to be unsatisfactory; or
(b) of the candidate's failure to complete prescribed course work at a standard determined by the committee; or
(c) of the candidate's failure to comply with any other provisions of these rules;
the candidature shall be terminated by the committee unless it determines otherwise on the basis of written or other evidence placed before it. Before candidature may be terminated in terms of this rule the candidate shall be invited to show cause, by a date to be determined by the committee, why candidature should not be terminated.

8. Advanced Standing

8.1. Advanced standing may be granted, by the committee on the recommendation of the supervisor and the relevant head of school, for units passed at a university, provided that those units:

(a) are of equivalent standard to units available for the Doctor of Health Services Management program;
(b) are appropriate to the candidate's Doctor of Health Services Management program;
(c) have not counted to a completed qualification.

8.2. Advanced standing shall not be granted for the research methodology unit, the professional development in health services management unit or the thesis on the basis of units completed at another university.
8.3. The maximum advanced standing which can be granted on the basis of units completed at another university shall be one unit.
8.4. There shall be no maximum to advanced standing which can be granted on the basis of units completed at this University prior to admission to candidature.
8.5. Advanced standing may be granted for units passed elsewhere after admission to candidature provided that the candidate has previously obtained the permission of the committee to enrol in such units.
8.6. Where advanced standing is granted, the candidate's period of candidature shall be reduced proportionately.

9. Course Requirements

A candidate for the degree shall pursue a course consisting of advanced course work, including a professional development in health services unit, and a thesis approved by the committee. The course work shall comprise one-third of the course and the thesis shall comprise two-thirds of the course.

10. Course Work

10.1. A candidate will be required to complete a program of advanced level course work approved by the committee on the recommendation of the supervisor and the relevant head of school. Normally, the advanced level course work will comprise four semester-length units, one of which shall be a research methodology unit.
10.2. Candidates will be required to achieve in the course work units an examination grade specified by the committee.
10.3. In respect of any prescribed course work the candidate shall be subject to the rules of the faculty in which the units are taken.
10.4. The examination grade of each course work unit shall be recorded on the candidate's official transcript of academic record.

11. Professional Development Experience

The professional development unit of the degree is intended to extend the professional experience of the candidate.
11.1. Prior to the commencement of the professional development unit, a candidate shall, in consultation with his or her supervisor, present a proposal for professional experience covering at least a one semester period. The proposal shall identify the ways in which the candidate's professional experience shall be extended and shall clearly set out the relationship between the field experience and the candidate's area of study. The professional development unit shall commence only after the proposal is approved by the relevant head of school.
11.2. On completion of the professional development unit a candidate shall present for examination, to the relevant head of school, a report, not exceeding 8000 words excluding appendices, which shall specify the results of the field experience.
11.3. The examination grade of the professional development unit shall be recorded on the candidate's official transcript of academic record.

12. Research Proposal

12.1. Within 18 months after the initial enrolment in the course, the candidate, following consultation with the supervisor, shall present a research proposal to the head of the relevant school. The candidate may be required to participate in a thorough review of the research proposal involving a seminar or other appropriate means. Once the research proposal is considered by the relevant head of school to be satisfactory, a precis of the research proposal shall be reported to the committee.
12.2. If, within 24 months after initial enrolment in the course, the candidate has not submitted a research proposal considered satisfactory by the head of the relevant school, the supervisor and the relevant head of school shall present a report on the candidate’s progress to the committee. In the event that unsatisfactory progress is reported, the committee shall invite the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated.

13. Thesis

13.1. On completion of the program of study and research, a candidate shall present for examination a thesis embodying the results of the candidate's research which shall be substantially an original contribution to the study of health services management. The thesis must clearly reflect the application of intellectual skills to a problem of practice in health services management.
13.2. The thesis, exclusive of any appendices, shall not exceed 70 000 words.
13.3. The thesis shall be written in English unless, to accommodate the requirements of a particular discipline, the committee has given prior permission for it to be written in another language. Applications for such permission must be lodged with the secretary of the committee not less than six months before the thesis is submitted.
13.4. (a) A candidate shall state generally in the preface of the thesis and specifically in notes, the sources from which the information is derived, the extent to which he or she has made use of the work of others and the portion of work which is claimed as original.
(b) A candidate may not present as the thesis any work which has been submitted for examination for any award at this University or another institution, but will not be precluded from incorporating such work in the thesis, provided that, in presenting the thesis for examination, the candidate indicates the part of the work which has been so incorporated.
13.5. On the recommendation of the supervisor, the committee may allow a candidate to submit with the thesis supporting material such as audio tapes, video tapes and computer discs. An application for permission to submit supporting material shall be made not less than three months before the proposed date of submission of the thesis unless, in special circumstances, the committee allows a later application.
13.6. The candidate shall submit to the secretary of the committee four copies of the thesis, three of which shall be bound in a form approved by the committee and one copy of which shall be unbound for eventual deposit in the Dixson Library. Each copy shall contain:

(a) an abstract of the thesis; and
(b) a statement, signed by the candidate, certifying that the substance of the thesis has not been nor is currently being submitted for any other degree or award and that, to the best of his or her knowledge, all help received in preparing the thesis and all sources used have been acknowledged in the thesis.
13.7. At the time the thesis is submitted, the supervisor shall send to the committee a certificate stating:
(a) that the supervisor has discussed with the candidate the academic content of the thesis in its final form and that, while neither expressing nor implying a judgement about the merit of the work, in the supervisor's opinion it is ready for submission for examination for the degree;
(b) that all requirements of the school, in regard to the deposition of museum material or any other supporting material have been met; and
(c) that the physical form and presentation of the thesis are appropriate to the area of study.
Should the supervisor be unwilling to provide a certificate in these terms, the supervisor shall so advise the candidate and shall send to the committee a written statement setting out the grounds on which the certificate is withheld.

13.8. The certificate referred to in Rule 13.7. shall be received before a thesis is accepted for examination. When, for any reason, the certificate is withheld, the committee may decline to accept the thesis for examination or may accept it following such consultation or under such additional conditions as the committee may deem to be appropriate for specific cases.

14. Examination

14.1. On receiving notice of intention to submit a thesis the committee shall appoint two or more examiners on the recommendation of the head of the school and supervisor(s) concerned. If two examiners are appointed, both shall be external to the University and if more are appointed, at least two shall be external to the University.
14.2. No person who has been a supervisor of the candidate shall be appointed as an examiner.
14.3. Each examiner shall make a separate written report on the merits of the thesis and shall submit a summary recommendation form prescribed by the committee. Before submitting the report an examiner may consult the other examiner or examiners. The examiners shall inform the committee whether consultation has taken place.
14.4. The identity of examiners shall not be revealed to a candidate until the conclusion of the examination process at which time the committee shall either reveal or withhold their names in accordance with their instructions.
14.5. The examiners' reports on the thesis, together with the result of the prescribed course work and professional development experience, shall be considered by the committee which shall recommend:

(a) that the degree be awarded; or
(b) that the degree be awarded subject to the candidate making such amendments to the thesis as specified by the examiners and to the satisfaction of the supervisor or supervisors; or
(c) that the degree not be awarded.

14.6. Before making a recommendation in terms of Rule 14.5. the committee may:

(a) request the examiners to consult and report to the committee;
(b) appoint an additional examiner or examiners;
(c) appoint an external adjudicator who shall consider and report to the committee upon the thesis and any supporting papers and the reports of the examiners;
(d) require the candidate to sit for such written, oral or practical examinations as the committee may prescribe;
(e) permit the candidate to revise the thesis for re-examination if, in the opinion of the committee, the work is of sufficient merit to warrant this concession;
(f) consult with the candidate's supervisor or supervisors, with the relevant head or heads of school or with such other persons as the committee deems appropriate.

14.7. In cases where an examiner or examiners report unfavourably upon a thesis the committee may invite the candidate to respond to the examiners' comments. In such cases the candidate shall be allowed a maximum of eight weeks from the date of the letter of notification by which to submit a response. The committee may refer any such response to any of the examiners for comment.
14.8. A candidate permitted to revise a thesis in terms of Rule 14.6.(e) shall complete the revision within a period of time and under such conditions as the committee shall prescribe and under the supervision of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by the committee. A candidate who has revised a thesis in terms of Rule 14.6.(e) and who fails the re-examination shall not be eligible for any further examination.
14.9. Except as provided in Rule 14.10. a thesis which has been revised in terms of Rule 14.6.(e) shall be examined by the examiners of the original version of the thesis if they are available. If an examiner of the original version is unavailable, the committee shall appoint a replacement examiner on the recommendation of the head of school concerned. Each examiner of a revised thesis shall be provided with copies of the reports of all examiners of the original version of the thesis.
14.10. In cases where the committee permits a candidate to revise a thesis after considering a report from an adjudicator, the revised thesis shall be examined only by the adjudicator.
14.11. In cases where the committee invokes the provision of Rule 14.5.(c) the recommendation and the examiners' reports and any other relevant material shall be referred to the Standing Committee of the Academic Board for review and final decision. There shall be no appeal against the final decision.
14.12. An examiner or adjudicator shall be asked to submit his or her report on the thesis within two months of receipt of a copy of it. An examiner or adjudicator who does not report within a reasonable time may be replaced by the committee. Any report subsequently received from a replaced examiner or adjudicator shall not be considered by the committee.

15. Access to Theses

Under the Copyright Act 1968, as amended by the Copyright Amendment Act 1980, Section 51, subsection (2) the Librarian of the Dixson Library, has the right to copy theses under the conditions set out in that provision. However the University has the right to restrict access to theses held by the Library and is prepared to allow the author of a thesis to restrict access to the thesis for certain purposes. The options open to a candidate who submits a thesis are set out in the "Right of Access to Thesis" form which all candidates for the degree of Doctor of Health Services Management are required to complete at the time of submitting the thesis. The following rules apply to all theses submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Health Services Management.

15.1. A candidate who submits a thesis shall complete the form referred to in this rule stating the restrictions, if any, that he or she wishes placed on access to the thesis. A copy of the completed form shall be placed in each copy of the thesis held by the University.
15.2. Where a candidate submits a thesis but does not complete the form specified in Rule 15.1. he or she shall be deemed to have placed no restriction on access to the thesis and shall be deemed to have granted to the University the right specified in Rule 15.3.
15.3. As a condition of submitting a thesis for examination the candidate shall grant to the University a licence to publish his or her thesis (in whole or in part) should it not otherwise have been published after a period of 10 years from the award of the degree. If the thesis is so published, the candidate shall be cited as author.
15.4. Where the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), in consultation with the committee, is satisfied that it is in the best interests of the University to do so, he or she may give the Librarian a notice in writing directing that a thesis shall be withheld from inspection for a specified period by any person except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). The period so specified shall not be less than the period that may have been specified by the candidate in terms of Rule 15.1.

In cases where a restriction is placed on a thesis, all copies of the thesis held by the University shall be held in the Dixson Library and the Librarian of the Dixson Library and his or her staff shall be responsible for ensuring that the conditions of the restriction are complied with.

16. Appeals

Appeals concerning decisions of the Doctor of Health Services Management Committee may be made to the Standing Committee of the Academic Board on procedural grounds only and must be received by the University within three months of the date of notification of the decision being appealed.

17. Relaxing Clause

In exceptional circumstances, the Academic Board, on the recommendation of the Doctor of Health Services Management Committee, may relax any rule.

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