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Health management

Improve the quality of healthcare by learning to lead and manage the workforce effectively in an increasingly complex industry sector.

The Australian Institute of Health Service Management (AIHSM) is a unique university and industry collaboration. Its guided by an Advisory Board made up of leading health executives in Australia.

Its purpose is to develop managers and executives to be highly knowledgeable, skilled, emotionally intelligent, and resilient. A number of Australia’s health services are partnering with us as a key element in their leadership and executive development courses, adding weight to their succession planning processes. The Institute supports these efforts by offering outstanding postgraduate courses designed to fit into busy lives.

The Institute offers postgraduate training and research, including Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral programs. These are designed to provide current and future health information professionals with rigorous training, focused on issues of contemporary professional health management practice.

Course Options

Master of Health Service Management

2 years min, 5 years max
Distance and Sydney*

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Master of Health Information Management

2 years min, 5 years max
Distance and Sydney*

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Graduate Diploma of Health Service Management

1 year min, 3 years max
Distance and Sydney^

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Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management

0.5 year min, 2 years max
Distance and Sydney^

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*Supporting intensive seminars in Sydney with approximately 6-10 days of intensives per year.

^All units are delivered primarily off campus (by distance), with non-mandatory, supporting intensive seminars in Sydney.

Intensive masterclasses are taught by current, senior health sector executives.

We enable you to build networks with colleagues and peers across the health industry.

We’re highly connected to the health industry and bring theory to life with case studies.

Study options

Data Analytics

Strategic planning and the delivery of healthcare services to the community requires the application of highly complex data analysis knowledge and skills. This specialisation focuses upon the development of these capabilities to enable health professionals to be effective managers of services, departments and organisations.

Health Information Management program

Information Governance

Healthcare management relies upon the development, implementation and monitoring of complex information governance systems. This specialisation focuses on the development of system and organisational perspectives to achieve corporate and clinical governance requirements.

Health Information Management program

Strategic Leadership

To effectively lead healthcare organisations executives and managers need to understand the interrelated systems and behaviours that comprise them. This specialisation focuses upon examining systems, processes and behaviours to enable health professionals to be leaders in complex environments.

Health Information Management program

Safety and Quality

Delivering safe and high-quality services and care for patients, consumers and staff require healthcare organisations to continuously improve governance, systems and processes. The purpose of this specialisation is to examine strategies for improved patient outcomes, enhanced consumer and staff experience, and improved system efficiencies.

Health Service Management program

Information Management

Healthcare organisations require leaders with knowledge and abilities to effectively govern administrative, service and patient information management systems. This specialisation equips health professionals to understand and manage information systems, including the legal, technical and administration requirements.

Health Service Management program

Organisational Development

The effective management and ongoing development of healthcare organisations is recognised as critical to continually deliver high-quality care. This specialisation develops knowledge, capacity and skills to enable health professionals to lead and manage complex adaptive healthcare organisations.

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Integrated Care

The strategic coordination and delivery across services present unique opportunities for healthcare organisations to provide high quality, safe care. The purpose of this specialisation is to examine and evaluate integrated care models, including access, quality, satisfaction, efficiency, and their suitability for different healthcare contexts.

Health Service Management program

Course breakdown

1

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

50-100 credit points

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management

Choose 4 units totalling 50 credit points from the course schedule.

  • Graduate Diploma of Health Service Management

Choose units totalling 100 credit points from the course schedule.

  • All units for both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are delivered primarily off campus (by distance), with non-mandatory, supporting intensive seminars in Sydney.
  • Both courses are pathways to an advanced level of learning, leading from the Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management to the Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management, into either the Master of Health Service Management or the Master of Health Information Management.

2

Master of Health Information Management

150 credit points

Designed for those interested in pursuing significant management or administrative role in the private or public health sectors.

You will study 12 units in this course: 8 core units and 4 in your selected specialisation. All units are delivered primarily off-campus, with non-mandatory intensive seminars in Sydney.

There are 3 specialisations to choose from:

  • Data Analytics
  • Information Governance
  • Strategic Leadership

3

Master of Health Service Management

150 credit points

This degree aims to provide graduates with a systematic and critical understanding of contemporary health service management and specialised research skills for the advancement of professional practice.

You will study 12 units in this course: 8 core units and 4 in your selected specialisation. All units are delivered primarily off-campus, with non-mandatory intensive seminars in Sydney.

The 4 specialisations to choose from:

  • Information Management
  • Organisational Development
  • Integrated Care
  • Safety and Quality

Career outlook

Prepare for the challenges

"Our courses are designed to help prepare health professionals to deal with the challenges they face in running health services."

Professor David Greenfield, Director, AIHSM

Study Experiences

No other program like this

"We think we are involved in a program (MHSM and MHIM) of sector wide importance. There is no other program like this in Australia that has such a good relationship between a university and industry partners." Executive Dean TSBE Professor Martin Grimmer at the AIHSM Networking event

Research


The AIHSM undertakes research and organisational development projects with health care organisations across Australia.

Additionally, in the respective programs, students undertake a major research project, jointly supervised by an industry partner and academic representative, which is aligned with the strategic priorities of the industry partner.

Project recommendations and implementation activities have produced tangible and significant health service management improvement and benefits, both clinical and financial, to the LHDs. The improvements include the more effective functioning of services, management development of teams, and enhanced succession planning.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.