Health administration

Why study health administration?

Health service managers and administrators plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health and social services in a variety of settings. Managers may be clinical specialists in charge of a specific department or service, or they may be generalists who manage a project or an entire facility or system. We prepare future health services managers to deal with the needs of an ageing population, integration of health care delivery systems, technological innovations, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, restructuring of work, and an increased focus on primary and preventive care. We offer a staged program of learning and development from Graduate Certificate and Master of Health Administration through to a combined Master program with MBA.

As a La Trobe graduate, you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

You can study the Master of Health Administration online, if you live in or outside of Australia.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for senior management roles in the public and private sectors.


Doctor of Public Health (Professional Doctorate)

Location: Melbourne

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 years maximum)3 years full-time (4 years maximum) or part-time equivalent

Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)


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.

Master of Applied Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Shepparton

Start dates: See additional informationSemester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time2 years

Master of Health Administration

Popular course

Location: City Online

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 1.5 years full-time (Semester 2 commencers only) or 2-5 years part-time (Semester 1 or 2 commencers).1.5 years

Master of Health Sciences

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 (March)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 2 years2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Master of Public Health

Popular course

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 (March)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 2 years2 years full-time or 3-5 years part-time

Your study experience

Health administration placements

You may be referred to organisations to help complete assignments.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Chris - Master of Public Health/Master of Health Administration

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