La Trobe University

Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
6 months full-time or 1 year part-time. Semester 1 (March) is part-time only, while Semester 2 (July) can be done in full-time or part-time mode.
Fees and costs
$23,500 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

This course is designed to introduce healthcare workers and managers to the formal study of health services management. It aims to provide you with key competencies in health services management and an understanding of health policy and management concepts.

You'll study the healthcare sector and the policy context within which managers work, while developing the key skills and knowledge for effective management. If you are a manager with experience in other industries and are planning a career change, this course could help you move into the healthcare sector.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements


An undergraduate degree or equivalent and at least two years of professional experience in the health system.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find work in middle management roles in health administration and health management. This could include roles in the public and private sectors, hospitals, health centres, research centres, pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, consulting firms and government organisations.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

$23,500 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree

Please note that you can only apply direct to La Trobe if you've not already applied through VTAC for any course.

Please note: VTAC applications cannot be withdrawn in order to submit a direct application. The same selection criteria and entry standards are applied to VTAC and direct applications.

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Additional information

This course can be completed fully online for domestic students only. Please enquire with Faculty for more information.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.