Master of Health Administration
The Master of Health Administration will help you develop the skills and experience you need to lead and manage projects, health agencies, services and programs. We'll prepare you to advance into senior management in the public and private sectors in general management and in specialist roles in areas such as project management, quality management and the management of particular health professions.
Our teaching staff have clinical qualifications in areas such as medicine, physiotherapy and nursing, and in health administration research. They've worked in senior healthcare management roles in Australia and overseas, with organisations such as the Toronto Hospital (Canada), Inner and Eastern Healthcare Network (Melbourne) and PwC.
In your first year you'll get an introduction to the Australian health system's key structural components, their interrelationships and relevant policy issues. You'll learn about financial management in health services, in particular, systems of finance and budgeting, and people management including industrial relationships and organisational leadership.
In second year, you'll conduct a hands-on research project designed to deepen and integrate your skills and knowledge in public health, health promotion or health management. You'll gain practical experience, applying analytical and problem-solving strategies to real healthcare and public health problems.
The range of electives allows you to further explore health economics and finance, health law and ethics, and process redesign.
The subject timetable is designed to give you the flexibility you need to successfully balance study with your other commitments: the combination of evening, block and online study modes means that you can choose when and how you study.
Our graduates have taken on roles such as Executive Director Clinical Services, Communications Officer, Company Director, Nurse Unit Manager, Manager of Quality and Safety, Manager of Subacute Services, and Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Clinical Services, in organisations including Cancer Council Victoria, Northern Health, Western Health, Cabrini Health, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Beijing Cancer Hospital.
Academic entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent) and two years professional experience, which can include part-time and volunteer experience. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Master's level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Applicants without an undergraduate degree or professional experience may be able to access alternate pathways to postgraduate health administration study.
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements 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.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).
TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.
Or approved international equivalent.
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.
The Master of Health Administration is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). Graduates of the Master of Health Administration may apply for membership with the ACHSM. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Depending on subject choice, the Master of Health Administration is recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) as providing the theoretical underpinning to the experiential components of the Fellowship Training Program in medical administration.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
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