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Master of Health Services Management

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Health Services Management is designed for practising and aspiring managers in health services who are seeking a formal management qualification to complement their experience and/or undergraduate qualifications.

The Master of Health Services Management is appropriate for a diverse range of health professionals such as medical, paramedical, nursing, allied health and general administrative personnel. The interdisciplinary nature of the student group is a distinctive feature of the course.

The course aims to help students develop their managerial competencies by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate efficiency, effectiveness and a high quality of service in performance at personal, department and organisational level. A high quality of conceptualisation is required to be demonstrated at Master level. It is expected, for example, that students will be able to demonstrate a capacity to evaluate the relevance of different conceptual approaches to management issues in the context of their own experience and workplace.

A distinct feature of the program, which is only delivered by distance education, is its online support including electronic assignment transmission, forums or threaded bulletin boards, direct email to Course Coordinators, and access to electronic databases and journals. The forums allow students to raise issues of concern, and ensure not only contemporary learning, but also an exchange between professionals in different healthcare systems. There are no examinations and assessment tasks are largely workplace based or situated.

Study materials includes printed packages containing course overview, study guide and selected readings. Additional electronic resources are updated frequently and often within the session of study to complement the study resources provided.

Professional recognition

The course was designed in consultation with relevant professional bodies including the Australian College of Health Service Executives, the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and the Institute of Nurse Executives (NSW and ACT), taking cognisance of their accreditation requirements. This course is accredited by the Australian College of Health Service Executives. Applicants interested in pursuing affiliation with the relevant professional organisations should contact the Course Coordinator in the first instance to ascertain their eligibility for membership.

Articulation

Applicants for whom the prospect of studying at the Master level is daunting may prefer to enrol initially in the Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management. On the basis of satisfactory performance in the first or subsequent year of that course, and following consultation with the Course Coordinator, a Graduate Diploma student may apply for admission to the Master program. Alternatively, on completion of 64 points of study, students may elect to exit the course with a Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management. If students complete 32 points of study, they may elect to exit the Master course with a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management.

Course structure

The Graduate Certicate course consists of four core subjects (32 points), while the Graduate Diploma consists of eight core subjects (64 points) and the Masters course (96 points) consists of eight subjects and four restricted electives (32 points).

Core subjects - Graduate Certificate (32 points)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services

PLUS two of the following

HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Care Services
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health

Core subjects - Graduate Diploma and Masters (64 points)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services
HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health
HSM510 Health Planning
HSM512 Evaluating Health Services

PLUS one of the following subjects:

HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management
HSM405 Regulating Health and Aged Care Services

Restricted elective subjects (32 points for Masters)

These subjects should be selected following consultation with the Course Coordinator, as subjects other than those listed below may be negotiated.

ACC525 Financial Accountability in the Public Sector
COM506 Communication in Organisations
HCS531 Leading Service Development in Human Services Organisations (16 points)
HLT401 Contexts of Health Promotion
HLT502 Policy, Social Construction and Human Services
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
HLT506 Health Master's Proposal
HLT508 Health Master's Project (16 points)
HLT515 Health Science Research Portfolio (32 points)
HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations
HRM527 Issues in Training and Development
HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
HSM403 Profiling Aged Care Services
HSM405 Regulating Health and Aged Care Services
HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management
HSM410 Aged Care Services Policies
INF441 Information Management in Organisations
INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
INR502 Industrial Relations System and Issues
INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System
MGT505 Foundations of Quality Management
MGT510 Strategic Management
MGT540 Management of Change
MGT596 Embedding Quality and Innovation
NRS523 Rural Health Practice

Enrolment pattern

Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management

Session 1 Intake

Session 1 (30)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services

Session 2 (60)

Two subjects from:
HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health
HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services

Session 2 Intake

Session 1 (60)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems

Session 2 (30)

HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services

Session 3 (60)

Two subjects from:
HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health
HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services

Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management

Session 1 Intake

Session 1 (30)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services

Session 2 (60)

HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health

Session 3 (30)

HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services
PLUS one of:
HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management
HSM405 Regulating Health and Aged Care Services

Session 4 (60)

HSM512 Evaluating Health Services
HSM510 Health Planning

Session 2 Intake

Session 1 (60)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems

Session 2 (30)

HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services

Session 3 (60)

HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health

Session 4 (30)

HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services
PLUS one of:
HSM408 Current Issues in health Services Management
HSM405 Regulating Health and Aged Care Services

Session 5 (60)

HSM512 Evaluating Health Services
HSM510 Health Planning

Master of Health Services Management

Session 1 Intake

Session 1 (30)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services

Session 2 (60)

HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health

Session 3 (30)

HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services
PLUS one of the following:
HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management
HSM405 Regulating Health and Aged Care Services
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

Session 4 (60)

[ ] Restricted Elective
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 5 (30)

[ ] Elective
[ ] Elective

Session 6 (60)

HSM512 Evaluating Health Services
HSM510 Health Planning

Session 2 Intake

Session 1 (60)

HSM401 Perspectives on Health Care Systems
HSM404 Management of Health and Aged Care Services

Session 2 (30)

HSM406 Resourcing Health & Aged Care Services
PLUS one of:
HSM408 Current Issues in health Services Management
HSM405 Regulating Health and Aged Care Services
HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A

Session 3 (60)

HSM402 HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
HSM409 Epidemiology & Public Health

Session 4 (30)

[ ] Restricted Elective
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 5 (60)

HSM512 Evaluating Health Services
HSM510 Health Planning

Session 6 (30)

[ ] Restricted Elective
[ ] Restricted Elective

Articulation

The Master of Health Services Management, the Graduate Diploma of Health Services Management, and the Graduate Certificate of Health Services Management are articulated courses.The Graduate Certificate Aged Services Management also has a close articulation that allows progression toward either a graduate Diploma or Master of Health Services Management.The Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies articulates through the acceptance of its subjects as electives in the health services management programs.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE), Royal College of Medical Administrators and the former Institute of Nurse Executives (NSW & ACT). The program is subjected to an accreditation process on a five yearly basis.Such membership is not required for employment, but allows for admission as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

3 years by distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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