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Master of Health Services Management

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Master of Health Services Management

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If you are a practising or aspiring health services manager seeking a formal qualification to complement your previous qualifications or experience, CSU has the course for you. 

Offered by flexible online study, the Master of Health Services Management provides advanced knowledge and understanding of the Australian healthcare system. Designed to accommodate students from diverse occupational groups, the course can be tailored to meet your professional development needs or focus on an area of interest.

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  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Health Services Management equips you to deliver efficiency, effectiveness and high-quality service at personal, department and organisational levels. 

    Contemporary program

    By the time you graduate, you will have acquired in-depth knowledge, skills and attitudes required for effective management practice and leadership in a health services context. You will be able to examine the culture of health service delivery and, working from an evidence-based framework, make decisions that consider contemporary and emerging issues in the funding, financing, regulatory and policy influences on managerial practice. You will be prepared to lead the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health service delivery.

    Targeted study 

    This flexible course lets you tailor your studies to an area of interest or professional expertise. Study streams in research, leading change and management are available.

    Online convenience

    For busy professionals, online study is an ideal way to upgrade your qualifications while remaining in the workforce. You will learn using a range of online resources and communication tools. 

    Exceptional teaching staff

    You'll benefit from personal engagement and support from dedicated professional educators who are knowledgeable in contemporary practice and have a wealth of experience in the sector. Assessments will include work-relevant tasks and assignments.

    Articulation agreements

    If you are unsure about master's-level study, you may prefer to enrol initially in the Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management. Based on satisfactory performance in the first or subsequent year of that course, you may be eligible to apply for the master's program.

    Alternatively, you may choose to exit the Master of Health Services Management with a Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management after completing 64 points of study or a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management after completing 32 points of study.

  • Career opportunities

    Diverse health services management roles are found in the public and private sectors throughout Australia and overseas. For those looking to advance into management, CSU's Master of Health Services Management will give you a competitive edge in your bid to enter leadership and management positions. For those already working in management, the degree provides knowledge and skills that will boost your credentials and broaden your career prospects.

  • Professional recognition

    The Master of Health Services Management complies with the core requirements of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. Our courses are designed in consultation with practising health professionals. If you are interested in pursuing affiliation with the relevant professional organisations, you should contact the Course Coordinator in the first instance to ascertain your eligibility for membership.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management (32 points)
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

    Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management (64 points)
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services
    HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Services
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Master of Health Services Management  (96 points)
    The masters is comprised of 64 points of core subject and completion of 32 points of research, leading change project or management practicum stream
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services
    HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Services
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Research stream
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    HLT506 Research Methods in Health Science B
    HLT508 Health Master's Project (16 points)

    Leading Change Project stream
    HSM411 Creativity, innovation and change (Health services)
    HSM412  Leading for Change (Health Services)
    HSM514  Change Project (Health Services) (16 points)

    Management Practicum stream
    HSM500 Online Management Practicum (32 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management
    Session 1 Intake
    Year 1, session 1
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services

    Year 1, session 2
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

    Session 2 Intake
    Year 1, session 2
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems (single subject enrolment)

    Year 2, session 1
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services (single subject enrolment)

    Year 2, session 2
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

    Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management
    Session 1 Intake

    Year 1, session 1
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services

    Year 1, session 2
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

    Year 2, session 1
    HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services
    HSM408 Current Issues in health Services Management

    Year 2, session 2
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Session 2 Intake
    Year 1, session 2
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems

    Year 2, session 1
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services

    Year 2, session 2
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

    Year 3, session 1
    HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Services
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management

    Year 3, session 2
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Master of Health Services Management
    Session 1 Intake

    Year 1, session 1
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services

    Year 1, session 2
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

    Year 2, session 1
    Research Stream
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Services

    Leading Change Project and Management Practicum Stream
    HSM408 Current Issues in health Services Management
    HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Services

    Year 2, session 2
    Research Stream
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HLT506 Research Methods in Health Science B

    Leading Change Project and Management Practicum Stream
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance
    HSM510 Health Planning

    Year 3, session 1
    Research Stream
    HSM408 Current Issues in health Services Management
    HLT508 Health Master's Project (16) (commence)

    Leading Change Project Stream
    HSM412 Leading for Change (Health Services)
    HSM514 Change Project (Health Services) (commence)

    Management Practicum Stream
    HSM500 Online Management Practicum (32) (commence)

    Year 3, session 2
    Research Stream
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance
    HLT508 Health Master's Project (16) (complete)

    Leading Change Project Stream
    HSM411 Creativity, Innovation and Change (Health Services)
    HSM514 Change Project (Health Services) (complete)

    Management Practicum Stream
    HSM500 Online Management Practicum (32) (complete)

    Session 2 Intake
    Year 1, session 2
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems

    Year 2, session 1
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services

    Year 2, session 2
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery

    Management Practicum Stream
    Year 3, session 1
    HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Services
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management

    Year 3, session 2
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Year 4, session 1 & session 2
    HSM500 Online Management Practicum (32 points total but 16 Points each session)

    Leading Change Project Stream
    Year 3, session 1
    HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Services
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management

    Year 3, session 2
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Year 4, session 1
    HSM412 Leading for Change (Health Services)
    HSM514 Change Project (Health Services)

    Year 4, session 2
    HSM411 Creativity, Innovation and Change
    HSM514 Change Project (Health Services)

    Research Stream
    Year 3, session 1
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Services

    Year 3, session 2
    HSM510 Health Planning
    HLT506 Research Methods in Health Science B

    Year 4, session 1
    HLT508 Health Master's Project (16) (commence)
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management

    Year 4, session 2
    HLT508 Health Master's Project (16) (complete)
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

  • Admission information

    Standard Entry

    Students must hold an undergraduate degree and have at least two years' experience in the health industry. Students undertake 12 subjects (eight core and four elective subjects totalling 96 points).

    Special entry

    Applicants with a clinical qualification and health industry experience but who do not hold an undergraduate degree may apply to enter the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management. On successful completion of that course (typically at credit average or better), you may then apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management program. On successful completion of that course (typically at credit average or better), you may then apply for admission to the Master of Health Services Management.

    Admission requirements - Australian and New Zealand students

    For Australian and New Zealand students there are two levels of entry for students undertaking the Master of Health Services Management:

    Entry type 1

    Students must hold an undergraduate degree and have at least two years' experience in the health industry. Students undertake 12 subjects (five core and seven elective subjects totalling 96 points). Applicants should also provide a comprehensive CV and letters of reference with their application to demonstrate professional experience.

    Entry type 2

    Students must hold an undergraduate degree and have completed or concurrently undertake a management trainee program sponsored by the Australian College of Health Services Executives (ACHSE). Students undertake eight subjects (five core and three elective subjects) in the Masters program and are awarded 32 points credit for the completion of the ACHSE program following the successful completion of those eight subjects.

    Admission requirements - Canadian students

    For Canadian students, there is one level of entry for students undertaking the Master of Health Services Management. Students must hold an undergraduate degree and have at least two years' experience in the health industry. Students undertake 12 subjects (five core and seven elective subjects totalling 96 points).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPPGYYNOSHS
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPOSYYNJSMM

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points for the Masters.

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    The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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