Courses & Units

Health Ethics, Law and Governance BAA753


This unit is offered in even-numbered years only.


This unit provides students an opportunity to examine the link between ethics, legislation and governance. The unit will investigate the need for ethics to inform legislation, the translation of that legislation into policy, and how policy is enacted through governance. The unit presents the fundamentals of health sector governance in a cross-disciplinary way by integrating legal, management, administration, social cultural and financial issues and policy perspectives. The ethical principles germane to clinical practice, research, and quality improvement processes will also be covered. Current issues will be assessed including debates associated with end of life care, fertility, rationing of resources, regulation of clinical practices and risk management. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts across Australia and participate in industry case studies and analysis.

[Special note: this unit is offered in even-numbered years only.]


Unit name Health Ethics, Law and Governance
Unit code BAA753
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Coordinator Doctor Maria Agaliotis
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Rozelle - Sydney Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically appraise health ethics and law requirements and formulate strategies to address these from a management perspective.
  • Evaluate governance structures, policy and processes with a comparative view to other jurisdictions.
  • Compare governance in the public and private sectors to provide accessible and equitable services.
  • Assess the role of governance for strategic objectives in health e.g. cost-effectiveness, quality and safety in care delivery through performance, collaboration and openness.
  • Summarise the social and ethical considerations when managing health organisations.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
080313 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $2,665.00

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AssessmentPresentation (20%)|Essay (40%)|Case Study (40%)
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