University Handbook 2018

Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management

Course code/s: HCHSM

Course details
Location City Campus
Course code HCHSM
Mid year intake available Yes (students can commence in either semester without a change in the course structure)
Course coordinator Dr Zhanming Liang
Available to international students No
Course duration 1 year part-time
Credit points 60 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes Please note that a Master of Health Sciences with a major in Health Administration is also available.

Course description

This course is designed to meet the preliminary postgraduate learning needs of health care managers, and clinical and support services professionals, interested in health policy or management. The subjects provide an opportunity for those working in health care to acquire foundation health services management skills at a postgraduate level. The course is designed to introduce health professionals to the formal study of health management, assisting students to develop key competencies in health management, while exploring broader health policy and management concepts. This course provides a structure for the study of the health sector and health policy context in which the manager works, together with an emphasis on targeted knowledge and skills that effective managers need. The graduate certificate may be completed online.

The course is normally undertaken part time, over one year, and students are required to complete four subjects – two core and two electives – from the structure detailed below. After completion, students may apply to progress to the Master of Health Sciences. The Graduate Certificate will be subsumed upon completion of the higher qualification.

The program’s timetable is designed to accommodate working students, and offers a combination of evening, block and online modes. Subjects with classes are taught at the Collins Street (City) Campus.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 60 credit points over one year of part-time study.

First year (60 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM* Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HRM Human Resource Management in Health Services 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-WINTER PHE5HSR Health Service Resource Management 15
Online students may choose PHE5HOR  plus two subjects from the following:
TE-SEM-1 PHE5AHS The Australian Health System 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HEF Health Economics and Finance 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE5HSO Health Management Strategy and Operations 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HDD Health Data for Decision Making 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HPA Health Policy Analysis 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5PDE Program Development and Evaluation 15
  PHE5HDE1 Health Data for Decision Making - Skills Enhancement 15
  PHE5LAE 1 Health Law & Ethics 15
TE-SUMMER-2 PHE4CQM Applied Quality & Safety in Health and Community Services 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5HCQ Health Care Quality 15

Key:*LTU0AIM  is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

1 Not available in 2018.


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