Master of Health Administration

Choose Health Administration at La Trobe

Advance your career into senior health management roles.

  • Combine your interests in health and management.
  • Prepare for senior roles in project management and leadership.
  • Study around your work schedule, with evening, block-mode and online classes.

Career outcomes

This course is designed to advance your career in healthcare management and will prepare you for a range of senior management roles in the public and private sectors.

Our graduates have taken on roles in prominent healthcare organisations including Cancer Council Victoria, Northern Health, Western Health, Cabrini Health, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Beijing Cancer Hospital.

Professional Recognition

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Course information

Location

You can study the course at the following campuses:

Duration

  • 1.5 years full time (semester 2 starters only)
  • 3-5 years part-time (semester 1 starters)

Delivery

  • Study around work with a combination of evening, block-mode and online classes.
  • International students studying this course in Australia can take up to 25% of their subjects online. Alternatively, you can study the Master of Health Administration online if you live outside of Australia.

Fees

The complete course is 180 credit points.

Australian students

$23,750 annual fee based on 120 credit points. Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

International students

$30,000 annual fee based on 120 credit points.

Entry Requirements

Australian students

  • Minimum three-year undergraduate degree and two years of professional experience.

International students

Course content

There are plenty of chances to apply what you learn in this practical, career-focused course.

You'll study a range of core and elective subjects designed to equip you with work-ready skills.

With no research thesis to complete, in your last semester you'll be focusing on a major action learning subject. In this subject, you'll apply analytical and problem-solving strategies to real-life problems using an action learning framework.

First year core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Human Resource Management in Health Services
  • The Australian Health System
  • Health Data for Decision Making or Health Data for Decision Making - Skills Enhancement
  • Healthy Organisations
  • Health Service Resource Management
  • Program Development & Evaluation
  • Health Care Quality or Applied Quality & Safety in Health & Community Services
  • Action Learning Study

Second year core subjects

You can can choose two of the following:

  • Australia's International Health Relations
  • Policy, Planning and Practice
  • Health Economics and Finance
  • Integrated Health Promotion
  • Health Law & Ethics
  • Health Management Strategy and Operations
  • Health Policy Analysis
  • Other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator

For full details on course content, see the handbook.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Inside look

A master's degree is a great way to add direction and purpose to your undergraduate degree. Graduate Chris Kearney discovered this when he chose a Master of Public Health/Master of Health Administration.

'I needed a way to focus my generic undergraduate degrees and I was looking to work in health. [It] was an excellent way of applying some context to that situation.'

Since graduation, Chris has done lots of project-based work in major metropolitan hospitals, spent time in community health with information systems and worked with the Department of Health.

Now a working professional, Chris has fond memories of his time at La Trobe. For him, the flexibility of the course was an important part of making it all work.

'The most useful aspects of my study here at La Trobe have been the flexible study arrangements so I am able to work my daily life,' says Chris. '[I] have worked full-time since commencing here at La Trobe.'

Featured staff

Professor Sandra Leggat

Sandra Leggat has had a wide-ranging career in health care. Starting out as a physiotherapist in Ontario, Canada, she has moved through the ranks to work in a range of senior management positions. Since moving to Melbourne in 1998 she has worked as Chief Planning Officer of the Inner & Eastern Health Care Network in Melbourne and as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Hay Group and Agnew Peckam and Associates. She has published an impressive array of work and participated in an equally remarkable number of research projects. Find out more about Professor Sandra Leggat here.

Dr Priscilla Robinson

Priscilla Robinson teaches and researches in the areas of public health, epidemiology and health services administration. She specialises in communicable disease control and public health emergency management, and is fascinated by the relationship between the arts and health. Dr Robinson is a general editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health and an academic editor for the Australian Epidemiologist.

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