Health Services Management

Master degree

This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, is designed for health professionals currently in, or seeking to be in, middle and senior health care management positions. If you are seeking to expand your knowledge and skills in the management of health services, this degree caters for your needs. This includes medical or general hospital administrators, clinicians, quality assurance managers, team leaders, senior nursing administrators, unit managers and a range of general task coordinators within the health care system.

If you are working or planning to work in middle or senior management roles in health care, this course will help you prepare for and advance your career.

The course coordinator, Professor Just Stoelwinder, is one of Australia's most senior and respected health care managers and management and policy academics.

You will complete eight core and three elective units.

Core units include:

  • clinical leadership and management
  • financial issues in health care management
  • introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • principles of health care quality improvement
  • foundations of health policy
  • law for health systems
  • reform and development of health services
  • HSM case study.

Elective units include:

  • human factors for patient safety
  • applying and practising the principles of patient safety and quality improvement
  • climate change and public health
  • introduction to health economics
  • nursing practice and management
  • advanced nursing practice in context
  • improving Indigenous equity in profession practice
  • MPH code approved units (except units: MPH5020, MPH5301-5313).

You can exit the course early with a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management or a Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management if you meet the requirements.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Alfred Hospital: Full time
Multi-modal at Alfred Hospital: Full time & part time
Duration: 1.5 years (full time), 3 years (part time)
Start date: First Semester (February) Second Semester (July) This course is only available to domestic students in Multi-modal mode.
Qualification: Master of Health Services Management

Information about fees

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline and relevant professional experience or qualification/experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

Academic transcripts must be submitted before an application can be assessed

Relevant Work Experience (Current CV) must be submitted before an application can be assessed.

Statement of purpose (250 words) outlining reasons for undertaking the course, and area's of interest must be submitted before an application can be assessed.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Applications for this course are made directly to the department.

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash

If you need more information, contact The School of Public Health, email: or telephone: 9903 0563.


When online applications close, domestic applicants should apply directly to the department via our Direct Application Form available on our website

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: M6008

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Course Structure

The course is structured in 2 parts. Part A Advanced Healthcare Administration and Management and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives.  All students complete Part A and B.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

Part A. Advanced Healthcare Administration and Management

These studies provide you with a comprehensive study of health services management and administration, enabling you to gain advanced skills and knowledge. This includes in areas of health system laws, clinical leadership and management, quality improvement, financial and information management, health policy and health services development.

Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives

These studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas that suit your interests, skills and career goals. The theoretical and practical skills you gain are consolidated through the completion of a case study, in which you focus on exploring in detail a complex health services management problem within your workplace or within a health care setting.

For more information visit the faculty website