Master of Health Management

Why study the Master of Health Management at UNE?

The Master of Health Management provides the learning material and experiences for students to develop the core knowledge and skills required of health managers. Learning material from international and national sources of referenced work and public policy is delivered by academics who have worked in and researched health systems. The learning material is brought to life by interactive processes to access the students' life experiences, develop group participation and engender skill development. The course is delivered off campus in full and part-time modes for flexibility to balance life, work and study. Students will complete their study program with a capstone unit in which they consolidate their theoretical learning of health management with a 'real world' action research project.

Professional Recognition: The Master of Health Management and the Master of Health Management (Quality Management) are both accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Note: On Campus mode of study available to International students only. Off Campus mode of study available to domestic students only.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MHM
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 081070D; 089454A
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 96
Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Certificate in Health Management or equivalent; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Diploma in Health Management or equivalent; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in the same or another health, business or management discipline from a recognised educational provider; or

(d) for international students hold an AQF equivalent Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant health or management discipline*; or

(e) satisfy the School by means of other relevant qualifications and workplace experience [at least equivalent to Admission Rule (c)] of adequate preparation for candidature.

*Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to: Nursing, Community Services and Health Management.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rules (c), (d) or (e) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Health Management in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Certificate in Health Management or equivalent; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Diploma in Health Management or equivalent; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 7 bachelor qualification in the same or another health, business or management discipline from a recognised educational provider; or
(d) for international students hold an AQF equivalent level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant health or management discipline*; or
(e) satisfy the School by means of other relevant qualifications and workplace experience [at least equivalent to Admission Rule (c)] of adequate preparation for candidature.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: Nursing, Community Services and Health Management.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c), (d) or (e) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 years as full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rules (c) and (e), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (d), the period of candidature shall be two years as a full-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award, a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 24 cps
Listed Units 48 cps
Total 96 cps

General Program
Quality Management

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 24 cps
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 96 cps

General Program
Quality Management

For candidates admitted under Rule (c) or (e)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Listed Units 48 cps
Total 96 cps

General Program
Quality Management

For candidates admitted under Rule (d)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 96 cps
Total 96 cps

General Program

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Health Management OR students who complete the Quality Management specialisation may be awarded the Master of Health Management (Quality Management).

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Health Management under Rule (c), (d) or (e) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Health Management upon completion of 24 credit points comprising units HSHM500, HSHM506, HSHM512, HSHM543. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Health Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Health Management. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Health Management under Rule (c), (d) or (e) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management upon completion of 48 credit points comprising units HSHM500, HSHM506, HSHM512, HSHM521, HSHM543 and 18 credit points of Listed Units. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Health Management. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Health Management under Rule (a) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management upon completion of 24 credit points comprising HSHM521 and 18 credit points of Listed Units. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Health Management. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Health Management aims to provide knowledge about, and develop skills for, leading and managing health systems and services, leading and managing health professionals, and managing self as a leader and manager in contemporary and complex healthcare. This knowledge and skills will enable students to:

(1) demonstrate an awareness of the health context both in terms of its intentions, how this plays out in practice and what this means for the work of managers;

(2) understand the need to develop capabilities and strategies to manage complex systems that characterise health organisations;

(3) apply ethical and evidence-based decisions, reflective practice and personal integrity to their work; and

(4) comply with the need for managers to satisfy increasing regulatory and accreditation requirements.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. critically appraise the interface between health care management theory and practice;
  2. demonstrate skills in the analysis of management problems and problem solving techniques;
  3. apply knowledge of management methods to their practice in managing people and resources;
  4. identify and critically analyse current knowledge of the policy and system dynamics driving change and reform agenda in the health sector and apply findings to the management of healthcare;
  5. critically analyse evidence and conduct research pertaining to a particular aspect of health management to address problems and opportunities in healthcare policy and practice; and
  6. be effective communicators by communicating ideas and research findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of written and oral communication modes.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of their health management discipline including a global perspective. Knowledge of the discipline is categorised into several areas, including leading and managing systems and services, leading and managing people, facilitating interprofessional collaboration and managing oneself as an effective and ethical leader. Graduates will be able to analyse, evaluate and compare the Australian Healthcare System with other jurisdictions. They will be able to apply best practice and sustainable health management theory and practice, from other jurisdictions to other jurisdictions. This knowledge of the discipline of health management is taught, practised and assessed across the unit content via written assessments and group work.

Communication Skills

Graduates will convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences and stakeholders throughout the health care system. Health managers rely on effective communication to perform as effective leaders and therefore there is a great emphasis on developing communication skills in the Master of Health Management. Various aspects of communication are taught practised and assessed in this course including, seeking and assessing information, managing diversity, dealing with conflict, utilising appropriate channels of communication, evaluating content of messages, reporting effectively and presenting well. As a part of building communication skills functioning in groups is structured into the course and taught, practised and assessed through a range of methods. Graduates will be able to foster interprofessional practice and collaboration through development of frameworks and models suitable for interprofessional health care with awareness of financial, legal and information systems that enable and constrain interprofessional practice.

Problem Solving

Graduates will apply logical, critical and creative thinking to solve a range of problems which confront health managers. Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems; identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area; conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions that are appropriate to the national or cultural context of the problem; collect, collate and analyse relevant information to assist problem solving.

Information Literacy

Graduates will recognise when information is needed, and identify, evaluate and effectively use information as required. Leading and managing in the health care sector means being engaged with a great deal of information from a great many sources. This includes critically evaluating information and the search process; managing information collected or generated; using information to construct new concepts or to create new understandings; using information with understanding and acknowledging cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social issues surrounding its use; acquiring, organising and presenting information using the latest technology.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of ethical and socially responsible health leadership and health policy practices. Students will improve their capacity to practice at the highest standards of ethical and socially responsible behaviour in leadership and management, including an understanding of ethical, social justice and equity responsibilities towards patients, health care consumers, other health professionals, colleagues and the wider community. This will be promoted throughout the unit modules, unit materials, readings and various online activities, and evaluated through the various assessments.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be prepared for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal and professional development in health management. Continuous learning is important for self and system improvement. An essential component of continuous learning is being able to monitor performance and evaluate systems services, and projects, as the health industry is led by safety and quality concerns. The Master of Health Management is committed to establishing life-long learning as part of the graduate's skill base. Life-long learning will be taught, practised and assessed throughout the course.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will demonstrate capability of independent and collaborative enquiry. Students will independently engage with new ideas and ways of thinking, and be able to critically analyse issues. Students will extend knowledge through ongoing research, enquiry and reflection. Graduates will be regarded as independent learners and critical thinkers.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

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International Students

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